<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Health Connection]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSat, 16 Dec 2017 22:31:55 -0600Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:31:55 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA['Fetus,' 'Transgender' Among 7 Banned Words at CDC: Report]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:28:07 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CDC+GettyImages-456691996.jpg
The Trump administration reportedly banned staff of the nation's top health protection agency from using seven words or phrases in budget-related documents. But federal health officials on Saturday pushed...

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<![CDATA[Pop-Up Clinic in McKinney Provides Health Care for Uninsured]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:29:19 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/mckinney+clinic.JPG
A new health clinic in McKinney is helping meet needs for thousands of people with little or no health insurance.

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<![CDATA[Girl Hears Clearly For the First Time]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:41:39 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_cochlearimplants1214_1920x1080.jpg
A children's hospital in Texas is helping a little girl hear for the very first time in her life. The 5-year-old girl's new cochlear implants allow her to hear clearly after failing every hearing test she...

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<![CDATA[Research May Find New Hope for Those Fighting Celiac Disease]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:16:34 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doctor-Generic-Getty-110317.jpg
People with celiac disease have a hard time with gluten, and there's a long list of foods they need to avoid. But researchers say they've identified what triggers the disease, meaning some day they may know how...

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<![CDATA[NBC 5's Pat Doney's Son Says 1st Words Using Eye-Gaze Device]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:47:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/pat+hudson+doney.JPG
Technology is giving a voice to people living with the most severe forms of cerebral palsy. NBC 5's Pat Doney's son used the tablet for the first time to tell his mother "I love you."

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Reports First Flu Death of the Season]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:03:40 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flu+generic+germs+generic.jpg
Dallas County health officials have confirmed the county's first flu-related death of the season Friday.

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<![CDATA[North Texas Doctor Knows Pain, Perseverance of CP]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:53:57 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dr+Jan.jpg
A North Texas Doctor is quickly becoming the go-to specialist for treating Cerebral Palsy. Dr. Jan is giving families hope through medical knowledge and her personal experience.

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<![CDATA[ACA Healthcare Marketplace Enrollment Closes Friday]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:23:33 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Healthcare.gov-website.jpg
Friday is the last day to enroll for subsidized private coverage in 39 states served by the federal HealthCare.gov website.

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<![CDATA[Cancer Patient and His Family Spread Holiday Cheer]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:23:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/juan+rivera+baylor+med.JPG
A cancer patient and his sister are getting through tough times with a good attitude and holiday cheer.

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<![CDATA[Babies Born With Zika Continue to Struggle at 2 Years Old]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:48:08 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Health_Headlines_121417.jpg
Babies born with Zika-related microcephaly in Brazil continue to struggle as they reach their second birthdays. The children are not able to sit up by themselves, and they have difficulty eating and sleeping.]]>
<![CDATA[Baby Cured of Rare Disease Goes Home for Christmas]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:55:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Childrens_Medical_cook.jpg
Fort Worth doctors used an investigational drug to cure a congenital disease in time for a baby to go home to Arizona for Christmas.

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<![CDATA[Critical Need for Language Interpreters in DFW Hospitals]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:01:24 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/parland-hospital-language-interpreters.jpg
Parkland Hospital has 85 medical interpreters on staff — the largest number in the country — and there's a critical need for more.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Stress Could Trigger Irregular Heartbeat for Some]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:58:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Health_Headlines_2017_12_13_16_24_24.jpg
The holidays are stressful enough. But doctors say adding that extra energy drink to get you through the day can be detrimental to your heart, when coupled with holiday stress.Holiday heart syndrome is...]]>
<![CDATA[How to Step Up Your Coffee Game With a Chemex]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:55:01 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Coffee+D5+CHEMEX.00_00_06_13.Still002.jpg
Making delicious home-brewed coffee will be easier than you think with these quick and easy steps to make coffee using a chemex. ]]>
<![CDATA[Step Up Your Coffee Game With an Aeropress]]> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:39:57 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Coffee+D4.00_00_02_04.Still002.jpg
Making delicious home-brewed coffee will be easier than you think with these quick and easy steps to making a cup of coffee with an Aeropress.]]>
<![CDATA[New Therapies Help Combat Urinary Incontinence]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:48:25 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Women_Incontinence_2017_12_13_16_24_24.jpg
Urinary incontinence is an embarrassing problem faced by many women, but new therapies in North Texas may offer relief.]]>
<![CDATA[Families May Lose CHIP Children's Health Insurance]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:06:12 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Chip-anniversary.jpg
Officials in several states started warning families this week that funding for the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is about to run out.The joint state-federal health plan designed to...

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<![CDATA[Texas Still Waiting for Additional Funds to Extend CHIP]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:00:45 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505030334-Digital-Doctor.jpg
A federal health insurance program covering nearly 400,000 Texas children is still in limbo as the state remains hopeful it can get additional funding to extend coverage for an additional month.

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<![CDATA[Zebrafish Used in Fight Against Childhood Cancer]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:16:24 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Zebrafish.jpg
Zebrafish are rapidly becoming the ‘go-to’ animals in cancer research.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Flu Cases Climb 3 Percent: DCHHS]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:17:29 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/flu+vaccine+generic.png
Dallas County Health and Human Services report a three percent increase in positive flu tests between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, the most recent week with reporting data.]]>
<![CDATA[North Texas District Closes Due to Flu Outbreak]]> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:46:30 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sunnyvale-isd-flu.jpg
Classes are canceled in Sunnyvale ISD Tuesday and Wednesday as the district tries to stop the spread of the flu.

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<![CDATA[Anonymous Live Kidney Donor Saves Woman's Life]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:39:23 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kidney+donation1.jpg
Woman who donated a kidney to a stranger meets the recipient during a unique reunion at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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<![CDATA[How to Help Kids Who Are Being Bullied]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:25:46 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bullying_Interview.jpg
After a video of a boy in Tennessee talking about how he is bullied at school went viral over the weekend, NBC 5 talked to Dr. Celia Heppner from Children's Health about ways you can help children who may...]]>
<![CDATA[Making Window Blinds Safer for Children]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:59:40 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Window_Blind_Danger.jpg
The Window Covering Manufacturers Association is currently working towards a safety standard for manufacturers to go cordless, or even have inaccessible cords. The standard should be finalized by the end...]]>
<![CDATA[Depression, Anxiety Crisis Deepening in America]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:49:18 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-548183493.jpg
Alex Crotty was just 11 when things started feeling wrong.“I didn't feel unloved. I just felt numb to the world. Like, I was surrounded by great things, but just I couldn't be happy. And I didn't know why that

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<![CDATA[Acupuncture Used to Battle Side Effects of Breast Cancer Medication]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:37:24 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Health_Headlines_2017_12_08_16_24_56.jpg
A common breast cancer medication can have negative side effects like joint pain, but new research suggests acupuncture may ease the pain.]]>
<![CDATA[Sensory Gyms Help Children With Special Needs Beneficially Develop]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:52:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NC_yoga1207_1920x1080.jpg
A sensory gym is benefiting the development of children with special needs.]]>
<![CDATA[Images Reveal Woman's Eye Damage From Staring at Eclipse]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:32:49 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/solareyedamage_1200x675.jpg
A New York woman suffered from blurred vision and permanent dark spots after staring directly into the solar eclipse in August, according to a case study released Thursday. The woman, identified by CNN...

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<![CDATA[Lawmakers Work to Fund Children's Health Program]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 06:52:55 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1512628091.jpg
A two-week spending bill is making money available to several states that are running out of funds for the Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP.

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<![CDATA[Social Media Blamed For Sleep Deprivation In Teens]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:01:22 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Teens_and_Sleep_2017_12_07_16_23_51.jpg
Doctors say late night smart phone use negatively impacts teenagers' mood and behaviors.]]>
<![CDATA[Heavy Use or Addiction to Alcohol Has Increased Among Women]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:07:41 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mom_Alcohol_Abuse_2017_12_07_16_23_51.jpg
Stressed out moms sometimes cope by pouring a glass of wine or two, and we often see jokes about it on social media. But with the number of women abusing alcohol rising dramatically some are trying to put...]]>
<![CDATA[Health Headlines: CHIP Expires & 3D Printed Organs]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 17:54:38 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Health_Headlines_2017_12_07_16_23_51.jpg
Texas has a plan to keep kids covered by health insurance and 3D printers may change the way surgeons operate.]]>
<![CDATA[Seasonal Allergy Relief]]> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 13:05:01 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Seasonal_Allergies.jpg
If your nose runs, eyes itch and you sneeze and cough during certain times of the year-- you may have seasonal allergies. Often, people self-medicate with antihistamines, but there could be a better way.]]>