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  • Five strange things you didn't know were contagious

    Five strange things you didn't know were contagious

    Monday, July 21 2014 7:20 AM EDT2014-07-21 11:20:58 GMT
    You know germs can be contagious, but doctors say there are some things you can catch no matter how many times you wash your hands. According to Prevention Magazine, here are five strange things you probably didn't know were contagious-- and you can probably relate to at least one of them.
    You know germs can be contagious, but doctors say there are some things you can catch no matter how many times you wash your hands. According to Prevention Magazine, here are five strange things you probably didn't know were contagious-- and you can probably relate to at least one of them.
  • 2 Fla. cases of mosquito virus contracted in US

    2 Fla. cases of mosquito virus contracted in US

    Friday, July 18 2014 5:44 AM EDT2014-07-18 09:44:15 GMT
    Health officials are reporting that for the first time, U.S. mosquitoes are spreading a virus that has been tearing through the Caribbean. Two people in Florida have domestically-acquired chikungunya (chik-en-GUN-ye) infections, officials said Thursday.
    Health officials are reporting that for the first time, U.S. mosquitoes are spreading a virus that has been tearing through the Caribbean. Two people in Florida have domestically-acquired chikungunya (chik-en-GUN-ye) infections, officials said Thursday.
  • New guidelines could help many pregnant workers

    New guidelines could help many pregnant workers

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:06 AM EDT2014-07-16 13:06:23 GMT
    New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom. The expanded rules adopted by the bipartisan Equal Employment Opportunity Commission make clear that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant workers by employers is a form of sex discrimination - and illegal.
    New federal guidelines on job discrimination against pregnant workers could have a big impact on the workplace and in the courtroom. The expanded rules adopted by the bipartisan Equal Employment Opportunity Commission make clear that any form of workplace discrimination or harassment against pregnant workers by employers is a form of sex discrimination - and illegal.
  • NIH holds 7th Annual Sibling Day

    NIH holds 7th Annual Sibling Day

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-07-16 00:51:21 GMT
    The kids in this story have spent far more time in hospitals than any child should. But they are not the ones who are sick. Somebody else in their family is.
    The kids in this story have spent far more time in hospitals than any child should. But they are not the ones who are sick. Somebody else in their family is.
  • Study: Most lucid dreams about flying, sex

    Study: Most lucid dreams about flying, sex

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-15 15:41:30 GMT
    A new study reported in the magazine Live Science looked at lucid dreams, who has them, and what they are about. Lucid dreams are the ones during which you are aware of your actions and can actually control them.
    A new study reported in the magazine Live Science looked at lucid dreams, who has them, and what they are about. Lucid dreams are the ones during which you are aware of your actions and can actually control them.
  • Study: US Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping

    Study: US Alzheimer's rate seems to be dropping

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-07-15 14:03:39 GMT
    The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries - good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show. An American over age 60 today has a 44 percent lower chance of developing dementia than a similar-aged person did roughly 30 years ago, the longest study of these trends in the U.S. concluded. Dementia rates also are down in Germany, a study there found. "For ...
    The rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries - good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show. An American over age 60 today has a 44 percent lower chance of developing dementia than a similar-aged person did roughly 30 years ago, the longest study of these trends in the U.S. concluded. Dementia rates also are down in Germany, a study there found. "For ...
  • Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

    Got a rash? iPad, other devices might be the cause

    Monday, July 14 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-15 01:12:54 GMT
    Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
    Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals.
  • Race for Every Child raises money for vital care for kids

    Race for Every Child raises money for vital care for kids

    Monday, July 14 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-07-14 21:29:52 GMT
    Remember how your mother warned you never to touch the hot stove?  A D.C. area mom found out quickly how important it is to have good health care available for kids when it counts, and she's jumped in to help make sure other families have the same option when they need it most.
    Remember how your mother warned you never to touch the hot stove?  A D.C. area mom found out quickly how important it is to have good health care available for kids when it counts, and she's jumped in to help make sure other families have the same option when they need it most.
  • Spoonfuls can lead to medicine errors, study finds

    Spoonfuls can lead to medicine errors, study finds

    Monday, July 14 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-07-14 13:25:58 GMT
    CHICAGO (AP) -- The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes. The results, published online Monday in Pediatrics, underscore recommendations that droppers and syringes that measure in milliliters be used for liquid medicines - not spoons. The study involved nearly 300 parents, mostly Hispanics, with children younger than 9 years old. The youngsters were treated for various i...
    CHICAGO (AP) -- The song says a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but a study says that kind of imprecise measurement can lead to potentially dangerous dosing mistakes. The results, published online Monday in Pediatrics, underscore recommendations that droppers and syringes that measure in milliliters be used for liquid medicines - not spoons. The study involved nearly 300 parents, mostly Hispanics, with children younger than 9 years old. The youngsters were treated for various i...
  • 1 night of interrupted sleep as harmful as getting no sleep at all

    1 night of interrupted sleep as harmful as getting no sleep at all

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:20 AM EDT2014-07-11 14:20:03 GMT
    A study out of Tel Aviv says just one night of interrupted sleep can negatively affect your mood, attention span, and cognitive ability. The study also says that one night of interrupted sleep can be just as harmful as getting no sleep at all.
    A study out of Tel Aviv says just one night of interrupted sleep can negatively affect your mood, attention span, and cognitive ability. The study also says that one night of interrupted sleep can be just as harmful as getting no sleep at all.
  • VA under fire for mental health care and veteran suicides

    VA under fire for mental health care and veteran suicides

    Thursday, July 10 2014 7:31 PM EDT2014-07-10 23:31:48 GMT
    The embattled Veterans Affairs health care system is under fire again -- this time for its failings when it comes to veteran suicides.
    The embattled Veterans Affairs health care system is under fire again -- this time for its failings when it comes to veteran suicides.
  • Pay It Forward: Savvy bargain shopping teen helps start library at cancer center

    Pay It Forward: Savvy bargain shopping teen helps start library at cancer center

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 5:32 PM EDT2014-07-08 21:32:33 GMT
    If the children are our future, then this Pay It Forward story will have us all feeling good about tomorrow.
    If the children are our future, then this Pay It Forward story will have us all feeling good about tomorrow.
  • Forgotten vials of smallpox found in NIH storage room

    Forgotten vials of smallpox found in NIH storage room

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-07-08 20:46:29 GMT
    A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.
    A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.
  • Fewer new cases of HIV and AIDS in DC

    Fewer new cases of HIV and AIDS in DC

    Thursday, July 3 2014 10:59 AM EDT2014-07-03 14:59:04 GMT
    A new report by the D.C. Government finds there are fewer new cases of HIV and AIDS and fewer deaths. The study finds there were 680 new reported cases in 2012 which is down from 722 in 2011 and 1,100 in 2008. In 2012, just over 200 HIV positive people died compared to 345 in 2008.
    A new report by the D.C. Government finds there are fewer new cases of HIV and AIDS and fewer deaths. The study finds there were 680 new reported cases in 2012 which is down from 722 in 2011 and 1,100 in 2008. In 2012, just over 200 HIV positive people died compared to 345 in 2008.
  • 9-year-old Fairfax girl battling brain cancer getting wish to swim with dolphins

    9-year-old Fairfax girl battling brain cancer getting wish to swim with dolphins

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-07-02 23:00:40 GMT
    Wednesday was a big day for 9-year-old Tara Sankner. The little girl has been battling Astrocytoma, an inoperable form of brain cancer, for most of her life. Today was not only her last day of chemotherapy, but she also had her wish granted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
    Wednesday was a big day for 9-year-old Tara Sankner. The little girl has been battling Astrocytoma, an inoperable form of brain cancer, for most of her life. Today was not only her last day of chemotherapy, but she also had her wish granted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
  • Hospitals can track healthy activities, eating habits, missed trips to the gym

    Hospitals can track healthy activities, eating habits, missed trips to the gym

    Friday, June 27 2014 9:00 AM EDT2014-06-27 13:00:58 GMT
    You may soon get a call from your doctor if you're not keeping up with healthy activities. There's something new some hospitals are doing to track patients and it's causing a little bit of a controversy. Some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on patients. The idea is that doctors would be able to identify patients most likely to get sick so hospitals could intervene before they do. Hospitals would gather information on patients compiled from p...
    You may soon get a call from your doctor if you're not keeping up with healthy activities. There's something new some hospitals are doing to track patients and it's causing a little bit of a controversy. Some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on patients. The idea is that doctors would be able to identify patients most likely to get sick so hospitals could intervene before they do. Hospitals would gather information on patients compiled from p...
  • Study: Women who give birth after 33 live longer

    Study: Women who give birth after 33 live longer

    Thursday, June 26 2014 9:56 AM EDT2014-06-26 13:56:57 GMT
    According to a new study, women who naturally conceive their last child after age 33 live longer compared to women who have their last child at age 29.
    According to a new study, women who naturally conceive their last child after age 33 live longer compared to women who have their last child at age 29.
  • A night of fun and superheroes for children with serious medical conditions

    A night of fun and superheroes for children with serious medical conditions

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-06-25 03:26:04 GMT
    A group of very special kids are in Washington D.C. Tuesday night for an important cause. They are heading to Capitol Hill Wednesday to speak with lawmakers about children's health care. But first, they got to have some fun.
    A group of very special kids are in Washington D.C. Tuesday night for an important cause. They are heading to Capitol Hill Wednesday to speak with lawmakers about children's health care. But first, they got to have some fun.
  • D.C. budget vote: Amendment to stop fitness tax fails

    D.C. budget vote: Amendment to stop fitness tax fails

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-06-24 21:27:14 GMT
    If you work out in D.C., get ready to pay an extra 5.75 percent tax on your fitness memberships. An amendment to stop the what has been deemed the "yoga tax" failed Tuesday morning.
    If you work out in D.C., get ready to pay an extra 5.75 percent tax on your fitness memberships. An amendment to stop the what has been deemed the "yoga tax" failed Tuesday morning.
  • Va. Department of Health, Walgreens to offer free HIV tests

    Va. Department of Health, Walgreens to offer free HIV tests

    Tuesday, June 24 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-06-24 20:00:40 GMT
    The Virginia Department of Health and Walgreens are teaming up to offer free HIV tests.
    The Virginia Department of Health and Walgreens are teaming up to offer free HIV tests.
  • Study: Most Americans get over 8 hours of sleep each day

    Study: Most Americans get over 8 hours of sleep each day

    Thursday, June 19 2014 11:55 AM EDT2014-06-19 15:55:53 GMT
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most Americans get eight hours and forty-five minutes of sleep each day. Eleven-thousand people aged fifteen and older were surveyed.
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most Americans get eight hours and forty-five minutes of sleep each day. Eleven-thousand people aged fifteen and older were surveyed.
  • Md. mother's 'Smile, Don't Stare' campaign seeks to create inclusion for disabled children

    Md. mother's 'Smile, Don't Stare' campaign seeks to create inclusion for disabled children

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-06-18 23:54:24 GMT
    There are three million disabled children in the United States. But one Maryland mother is trying to make her son's life easier -- one smile at a time.
    There are three million disabled children in the United States. But one Maryland mother is trying to make her son's life easier -- one smile at a time.
  • VA secretary visits DC medical center, aims to fix problems

    VA secretary visits DC medical center, aims to fix problems

    Wednesday, June 18 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-06-18 22:12:24 GMT
    The head of the Veterans Affairs went on a field trip Wednesday to the VA hospital in D.C. Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson is working to fix what he's called the "unacceptable, systemic problems" veterans across this country face getting medical and mental health treatment.
    The head of the Veterans Affairs went on a field trip Wednesday to the VA hospital in D.C. Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson is working to fix what he's called the "unacceptable, systemic problems" veterans across this country face getting medical and mental health treatment.
  • Death of baseball star Tony Gwynn highlights danger of chewing tobacco

    Death of baseball star Tony Gwynn highlights danger of chewing tobacco

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-06-17 21:18:20 GMT
    The baseball world is still reeling from the shocking death of Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn. The longtime San Diego Padres outfielder blamed his longtime habit of chewing tobacco for the oral cancer that killed him.
    The baseball world is still reeling from the shocking death of Hall of Fame baseball player Tony Gwynn. The longtime San Diego Padres outfielder blamed his longtime habit of chewing tobacco for the oral cancer that killed him.
  • Chikungunya coming to the US? What you need to know about the virus

    Chikungunya coming to the US? What you need to know about the virus

    Tuesday, June 17 2014 8:06 AM EDT2014-06-17 12:06:53 GMT
    A new disease has hit the Caribbean islands – and experts say it’s only a matter of time before it makes its way to the United States. The virus is chikungunya, a mosquito-borne illness that causes high fevers and sometimes intense pain. First identified in Tanzania in 1952, chikungunya has mostly remained within Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Southeast Asia for the past few decades – despite occasional cases appearing in the United States from a returning traveler....
    A new disease has hit the Caribbean islands – and experts say it’s only a matter of time before it makes its way to the United States. The virus is chikungunya, a mosquito-borne illness that causes high fevers and sometimes intense pain. First identified in Tanzania in 1952, chikungunya has mostly remained within Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Southeast Asia for the past few decades – despite occasional cases appearing in the United States from a returning traveler....
  • Catania wants to halt DC 'yoga tax'

    Catania wants to halt DC 'yoga tax'

    Friday, June 13 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-06-13 19:22:20 GMT
    A D.C. councilmember and mayoral candidate says he'll try to stop the city from imposing sales taxes on yoga classes and gym memberships.
    A D.C. councilmember and mayoral candidate says he'll try to stop the city from imposing sales taxes on yoga classes and gym memberships.
  • DC Council wants expanded medical marijuana access

    DC Council wants expanded medical marijuana access

    Friday, June 13 2014 3:03 PM EDT2014-06-13 19:03:23 GMT
    The D.C. Council wants doctors to be able to prescribe medical marijuana to any patient they think would benefit from it.
    The D.C. Council wants doctors to be able to prescribe medical marijuana to any patient they think would benefit from it.
  • Cancer survivor, donor travel to Capitol Hill to encourage continued support for national marrow donor registry

    Cancer survivor, donor travel to Capitol Hill to encourage continued support for national marrow donor registry

    Thursday, June 12 2014 8:51 PM EDT2014-06-13 00:51:43 GMT
    12 million people have already done something you might want to consider doing. On Thursday, a leukemia survivor and her donor came to Capitol Hill urging support for the national marrow donor program and registry that brought the two together.
    12 million people have already done something you might want to consider doing. On Thursday, a leukemia survivor and her donor came to Capitol Hill urging support for the national marrow donor program and registry that brought the two together.
  • Health Watch: Brotox for Father's Day?

    Health Watch: Brotox for Father's Day?

    Wednesday, June 11 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-06-11 15:21:14 GMT
    Well if you're still looking for the perfect gift for dad for Father's Day - how about a trip to the doctor's office? It's called Brotox! A few pricks…a few minutes...and you're done.
    Well if you're still looking for the perfect gift for dad for Father's Day - how about a trip to the doctor's office? It's called Brotox! A few pricks…a few minutes...and you're done.
  • Extra sleep...but still tired?

    Extra sleep...but still tired?

    Tuesday, June 10 2014 7:15 AM EDT2014-06-10 11:15:29 GMT
    Americans are struggling more than ever to get a good night's sleep. So when we get extra sleep, like on the weekends, why is it we still feel tired? Sometimes you feel just beat after 9 or 10 hours on the weekend.
    Americans are struggling more than ever to get a good night's sleep. So when we get extra sleep, like on the weekends, why is it we still feel tired? Sometimes you feel just beat after 9 or 10 hours on the weekend.
  • Audit: More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

    Audit: More than 57,000 await first VA appointment

    Monday, June 9 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-06-10 01:57:42 GMT
    More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling, the government said Monday in a report newly demonstrating how deep and widespread the problem is.
    More than 57,000 U.S. military veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling, the government said Monday in a report newly demonstrating how deep and widespread the problem is.
  • High school student chefs from across the country compete in healthy school meals competition

    High school student chefs from across the country compete in healthy school meals competition

    Monday, June 9 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-06-10 00:31:56 GMT
    Remember the days of mystery meat in school cafeteria lunches? Well, you may envy today's students. Not only is there a push to make high school cafeteria food more nutritious, but also more appetizing. Ten student chefs from around the country were in D.C. on Monday to show off their winning high school lunch recipes.
    Remember the days of mystery meat in school cafeteria lunches? Well, you may envy today's students. Not only is there a push to make high school cafeteria food more nutritious, but also more appetizing. Ten student chefs from around the country were in D.C. on Monday to show off their winning high school lunch recipes.
  • Small group protests proposed fitness sales tax outside Wilson Building

    Small group protests proposed fitness sales tax outside Wilson Building

    Tuesday, June 3 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-06-03 22:26:59 GMT
    Have you ever heard of a burpee? It is one of the most popular fitness moves used in many gym classes. But outside the Wilson Building in D.C. on Tuesday, some protestors used the burpee to help fight a proposed fitness sales tax.
    Have you ever heard of a burpee? It is one of the most popular fitness moves used in many gym classes. But outside the Wilson Building in D.C. on Tuesday, some protestors used the burpee to help fight a proposed fitness sales tax.
  • New tablets providing alternative for allergy sufferers

    New tablets providing alternative for allergy sufferers

    Monday, June 2 2014 10:28 PM EDT2014-06-03 02:28:12 GMT
    It is that time of year when those of you who suffer from seasonal allergies are really having a tough time. Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration approved new allergy tablets that offer an alternative to shots.
    It is that time of year when those of you who suffer from seasonal allergies are really having a tough time. Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration approved new allergy tablets that offer an alternative to shots.
  • Red wine can be good for your teeth

    Red wine can be good for your teeth

    Friday, May 30 2014 6:38 AM EDT2014-05-30 10:38:16 GMT
    Some good news for wine lovers - if you like to have a glass of red it could be good for your teeth. Researchers say red wine contains antimicrobial elements that help kill bacteria that cause cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.
    Some good news for wine lovers - if you like to have a glass of red it could be good for your teeth. Researchers say red wine contains antimicrobial elements that help kill bacteria that cause cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.
  • Can Lyme disease be spread through sex?

    Can Lyme disease be spread through sex?

    Thursday, May 29 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-05-29 22:35:13 GMT
    The prevailing scientific view is that Lyme disease is spread to human beings only through the bites of certain species of ticks. But sometimes Lyme strikes multiple members of the same family -- the parents and the children. Some of those families believe that the bacterium that causes the debilitating symptoms of Lyme can also be spread through sexual contact.
    The prevailing scientific view is that Lyme disease is spread to human beings only through the bites of certain species of ticks. But sometimes Lyme strikes multiple members of the same family -- the parents and the children. Some of those families believe that the bacterium that causes the debilitating symptoms of Lyme can also be spread through sexual contact.
  • Obama says sports concussions need more attention

    Obama says sports concussions need more attention

    Thursday, May 29 2014 5:34 PM EDT2014-05-29 21:34:54 GMT
    Saying he wants kids to play sports but play safely, President Barack Obama called Thursday for more and better research into the effects and treatment of concussions in youth athletes. The issue is one of growing concern for parents who spend weekends driving their kids from one game to another.
    Saying he wants kids to play sports but play safely, President Barack Obama called Thursday for more and better research into the effects and treatment of concussions in youth athletes. The issue is one of growing concern for parents who spend weekends driving their kids from one game to another.
  • Washington DC ranked fittest and healthiest in US

    Washington DC ranked fittest and healthiest in US

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-05-29 01:34:25 GMT
    How fit and healthy are the people in the Washington D.C. region? According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), D.C. tops the list this year as the fittest and healthiest metropolitan area in the United States. D.C. dethrones Minneapolis-St. Paul, who previously held the top spot for the last three years.
    How fit and healthy are the people in the Washington D.C. region? According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), D.C. tops the list this year as the fittest and healthiest metropolitan area in the United States. D.C. dethrones Minneapolis-St. Paul, who previously held the top spot for the last three years.
  • Fun in the sun: Summertime safety tips for kids

    Fun in the sun: Summertime safety tips for kids

    Wednesday, May 28 2014 4:44 PM EDT2014-05-28 20:44:27 GMT
    Summertime to kids means no school, freedom and best of all FUN! In order to keep those summer days fun and safe, parents need to set into place some rules for the summer.
    Summertime to kids means no school, freedom and best of all FUN! In order to keep those summer days fun and safe, parents need to set into place some rules for the summer.
  • First lady responds to school meal critics

    First lady responds to school meal critics

    Tuesday, May 27 2014 7:11 PM EDT2014-05-27 23:11:38 GMT
    First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is "unacceptable."
    First lady Michelle Obama is striking back at House Republicans who are trying to weaken healthier school meal standards, saying any effort to roll back the guidelines is "unacceptable."
  • Protestors push IDSA for change on treatment of Lyme disease

    Protestors push IDSA for change on treatment of Lyme disease

    Friday, May 23 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-05-23 23:08:49 GMT
    About 70 people -- almost all of whom suffer from Lyme disease -- took on part of the medical establishment in Arlington this week. At the end of it all, the protesters declared a partial victory.
    About 70 people -- almost all of whom suffer from Lyme disease -- took on part of the medical establishment in Arlington this week. At the end of it all, the protesters declared a partial victory.
  • Virginia health officials confirm 2nd measles case

    Virginia health officials confirm 2nd measles case

    Wednesday, May 21 2014 11:29 AM EDT2014-05-21 15:29:38 GMT
    Health officials in northern Virginia have confirmed a second case of measles in the area. Wednesday's announcement comes two weeks after officials confirmed the initial case.
    Health officials in northern Virginia have confirmed a second case of measles in the area. Wednesday's announcement comes two weeks after officials confirmed the initial case.
  • The Gift of Life: FOX 5's Sherri Ly donates kidney to her brother

    The Gift of Life: FOX 5's Sherri Ly donates kidney to her brother

    Thursday, May 15 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-05-15 04:32:16 GMT
    March 19, 2014 is the day that changed my life forever. That's the day doctors removed my left kidney and transplanted it to my brother Cuong.
    March 19, 2014 is the day that changed my life forever. That's the day doctors removed my left kidney and transplanted it to my brother Cuong.
  • HIV-positive Md. man aiming to land cover of future Men's Health issue

    HIV-positive Md. man aiming to land cover of future Men's Health issue

    Wednesday, May 14 2014 7:25 PM EDT2014-05-14 23:25:40 GMT
    A Maryland man could end up on the cover of Men's Health magazine. Right now, Vaughn Ripley is at the top of the leaderboard and might win the top spot on the coveted magazine. But he has dodged death to get to today. The incredibly fit Ripley is eager to educate people about the health challenges that nearly took his life.
    A Maryland man could end up on the cover of Men's Health magazine. Right now, Vaughn Ripley is at the top of the leaderboard and might win the top spot on the coveted magazine. But he has dodged death to get to today. The incredibly fit Ripley is eager to educate people about the health challenges that nearly took his life.
  • Genetically modified foods confuse US consumers

    Genetically modified foods confuse US consumers

    Friday, May 9 2014 3:37 PM EDT2014-05-09 19:37:06 GMT
    Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them.
    Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most Americans have no idea if they are eating them.
  • Man to become first deaf medical school graduate in West Virginia

    Man to become first deaf medical school graduate in West Virginia

    Friday, May 9 2014 12:24 AM EDT2014-05-09 04:24:52 GMT
    A Virginia native will make history this weekend. He is about to become the first deaf person to graduate from medical school in West Virginia.
    A Virginia native will make history this weekend. He is about to become the first deaf person to graduate from medical school in West Virginia.
  • Arlington school parents rallying to prevent proposed cuts to autism program

    Arlington school parents rallying to prevent proposed cuts to autism program

    Thursday, May 8 2014 11:50 PM EDT2014-05-09 03:50:50 GMT
    Dozens of parents are rallying in Arlington to stop proposed budget cuts to a model autism program for students at Arlington Public Schools.
    Dozens of parents are rallying in Arlington to stop proposed budget cuts to a model autism program for students at Arlington Public Schools.
  • 82-year-old cancer survivor to run her 25th Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure

    82-year-old cancer survivor to run her 25th Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure

    Thursday, May 8 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-05-08 23:06:25 GMT
    If you need a little motivation to exercise, the person you are about to meet should do it. She is in her 80s, a cancer survivor, and has big plans this weekend.
    If you need a little motivation to exercise, the person you are about to meet should do it. She is in her 80s, a cancer survivor, and has big plans this weekend.
  • Health Watch: Getting enough sleep? Take the sleep quiz

    Health Watch: Getting enough sleep? Take the sleep quiz

    Thursday, May 8 2014 4:34 PM EDT2014-05-08 20:34:50 GMT
    How many times have you heard a co-worker say I'm tired. I didn't sleep much last night. All of us have heard that.! But it's not something to be proud of. In fact the CDC says sleep deprivation is a public health epidemic. So are you getting enough sleep? FOX 5s Sarah Simmons joined us with a quick sleep quiz!
    How many times have you heard a co-worker say I'm tired. I didn't sleep much last night. All of us have heard that.! But it's not something to be proud of. In fact the CDC says sleep deprivation is a public health epidemic. So are you getting enough sleep? FOX 5s Sarah Simmons joined us with a quick sleep quiz!
  • On prom night, Va. students wear protective masks to support friend with cancer

    On prom night, Va. students wear protective masks to support friend with cancer

    Thursday, May 8 2014 2:26 AM EDT2014-05-08 06:26:27 GMT
    A Virginia high school student wanted to go to his girlfriend's prom, but his doctor told him he had to wear a mask to protect himself from getting sick. What his girlfriend and their group of friends did to make him feel comfortable at the prom will no doubt warm your heart.
    A Virginia high school student wanted to go to his girlfriend's prom, but his doctor told him he had to wear a mask to protect himself from getting sick. What his girlfriend and their group of friends did to make him feel comfortable at the prom will no doubt warm your heart.
  • Local company helping new parents get rest with overnight infant care service

    Local company helping new parents get rest with overnight infant care service

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-05-08 02:50:39 GMT
    Having a baby changes your life in so many ways. There are the new journeys and the new responsibilities. It can be enormously joyous and very stressful. And with a newborn, sleep is a luxury. There is a company that is helping new parents take the stress out of the mix. They are called Let Mommy Sleep and that is exactly the point.
    Having a baby changes your life in so many ways. There are the new journeys and the new responsibilities. It can be enormously joyous and very stressful. And with a newborn, sleep is a luxury. There is a company that is helping new parents take the stress out of the mix. They are called Let Mommy Sleep and that is exactly the point.
  • Health officials warn of possible measles exposures in Fairfax, Loudoun Counties

    Health officials warn of possible measles exposures in Fairfax, Loudoun Counties

    Wednesday, May 7 2014 5:34 AM EDT2014-05-07 09:34:43 GMT
    Health officials in Virginia are warning residents of potential measles exposures in two counties. They say the Loudoun and Fairfax County Health Departments say people at two locations in the counties between April 23 and May 1 may have been exposed to someone who has measles.
    Health officials in Virginia are warning residents of potential measles exposures in two counties. They say the Loudoun and Fairfax County Health Departments say people at two locations in the counties between April 23 and May 1 may have been exposed to someone who has measles.
  • Cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief

    Cancer survivors turn to yoga for peace and relief

    Monday, May 5 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-05-06 00:55:15 GMT
    We all need help coping during life's most difficult moments. For people with cancer, there is a place in the District that is providing peace and even pain relief. It's not a drug or a new treatment. It's yoga.
    We all need help coping during life's most difficult moments. For people with cancer, there is a place in the District that is providing peace and even pain relief. It's not a drug or a new treatment. It's yoga.
  • Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules

    Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules

    Monday, May 5 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-05-05 20:01:00 GMT
    Starting next school year, pasta and other grain products in schools will have to be whole-grain rich, or more than half whole grain. That includes rolls, biscuits, pizza crust, tortillas and even grits.
    Starting next school year, pasta and other grain products in schools will have to be whole-grain rich, or more than half whole grain. That includes rolls, biscuits, pizza crust, tortillas and even grits.
  • CDC confirms first case of MERS virus in American

    CDC confirms first case of MERS virus in American

    Friday, May 2 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-05-03 03:07:08 GMT
    Health officials on Friday confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
    Health officials on Friday confirmed the first case of an American infected with a mysterious virus that has sickened hundreds in the Middle East.
  • Study: Average American spends more than $1,200 on fast food each year

    Study: Average American spends more than $1,200 on fast food each year

    Thursday, May 1 2014 8:42 AM EDT2014-05-01 12:42:01 GMT
    A new study shows the average American spends more than $1,200 a year on fast food. Pizza, burgers and fried chicken are the three most common take-out meals and the average cost is about $12.50. The three most common reasons people order out: too busy, too impatient to cook, or just plain lazy.
    A new study shows the average American spends more than $1,200 a year on fast food. Pizza, burgers and fried chicken are the three most common take-out meals and the average cost is about $12.50. The three most common reasons people order out: too busy, too impatient to cook, or just plain lazy.
  • 'Social Surrogacy' increasingly popular trend

    'Social Surrogacy' increasingly popular trend

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:10:57 GMT
    Medical experts say more and more young, healthy couples are turning to surrogates to start families. It's not because they can't conceive. Rather, it is because they don't want a pregnancy to affect their careers or bodies. Experts call the phenomenon Social Surrogacy.
    Medical experts say more and more young, healthy couples are turning to surrogates to start families. It's not because they can't conceive. Rather, it is because they don't want a pregnancy to affect their careers or bodies. Experts call the phenomenon Social Surrogacy.
  • Va. students remember cancer-stricken classmate with Coins for Cody

    Va. students remember cancer-stricken classmate with Coins for Cody

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-04-24 01:14:45 GMT

    He never gave up, but 6-year-old Cody Johnson lost his battle with neuroblastoma in 2009. There is no cure, but in Cody's name, some of his former classmates and teachers are working toward one. It's called Coins for Cody. Every dime of it will be donated to neuroblastoma research.

    He never gave up, but 6-year-old Cody Johnson lost his battle with neuroblastoma in 2009. There is no cure, but in Cody's name, some of his former classmates and teachers are working toward one. It's called Coins for Cody. Every dime of it will be donated to neuroblastoma research.

  • Study: Naps linked with higher risk of death

    Study: Naps linked with higher risk of death

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:50 PM EDT2014-04-23 16:50:30 GMT
    New research shows middle-age and older adults who take naps may be at increased risk of dying. Experts discovered naps were linked with an increased risk of dying from respiratory diseases.
    New research shows middle-age and older adults who take naps may be at increased risk of dying. Experts discovered naps were linked with an increased risk of dying from respiratory diseases.
  • Health Watch: laughter, peek-a-boo and food labels

    Health Watch: laughter, peek-a-boo and food labels

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 7:06 AM EDT2014-04-22 11:06:15 GMT
    Health WatchHealth Watch
    Turns out laughter may really be the best medicine, at least for our memory!
    Turns out laughter may really be the best medicine, at least for our memory!
  • Loudoun Co. officials warn of new LSD-like drug after teens hospitalized

    Loudoun Co. officials warn of new LSD-like drug after teens hospitalized

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-04-22 02:51:20 GMT
    There is a growing popularity of a dangerous new drug in Loudoun County. Police call it 25i, but it is more commonly referred to as “LSD," "smiles" or "N-bomb." The drug has been linked to several medical emergencies recently.
    There is a growing popularity of a dangerous new drug in Loudoun County. Police call it 25i, but it is more commonly referred to as “LSD," "smiles" or "N-bomb." The drug has been linked to several medical emergencies recently.
  • Give it 100: 100 days of push ups

    Give it 100: 100 days of push ups

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:54 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:54:41 GMT
    The website is Give It 100, the concept is give yourself 100 days to try anything before you give up.
    The website is Give It 100, the concept is give yourself 100 days to try anything before you give up.
  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:19:53 GMT
    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.
    Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.
  • DC extends deadline to enroll in health plans

    DC extends deadline to enroll in health plans

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:02:29 GMT
    The District of Columbia's health insurance exchange is once again extending the deadline for people to sign up for insurance without paying a tax penalty.
    The District of Columbia's health insurance exchange is once again extending the deadline for people to sign up for insurance without paying a tax penalty.
  • New technology helps keep track and locate people living with dementia

    New technology helps keep track and locate people living with dementia

    Monday, April 14 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-04-14 23:55:45 GMT
    There is something happening in this country that will drain tax dollars, worry families and even cost lives. As our population ages, the number of people living with dementia is soaring. But new technology could change things for them.
    There is something happening in this country that will drain tax dollars, worry families and even cost lives. As our population ages, the number of people living with dementia is soaring. But new technology could change things for them.
  • Spring's pollen vortex means allergy season could be more miserable than normal

    Spring's pollen vortex means allergy season could be more miserable than normal

    Monday, April 14 2014 9:09 AM EDT2014-04-14 13:09:57 GMT
    Winter's polar vortex has given way to spring's pollen vortex. It's called that because everything is blooming at once and that means allergy season could be even more miserable than normal. Already, pollen.com shows our region in the red zone which means a high pollen count.
    Winter's polar vortex has given way to spring's pollen vortex. It's called that because everything is blooming at once and that means allergy season could be even more miserable than normal. Already, pollen.com shows our region in the red zone which means a high pollen count.
  • Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

    Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:37 AM EDT2014-04-11 15:37:44 GMT
    President Barack Obama says he's nominating his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary. The Cabinet shuffle lets Obama put a new face on his new health care law.
    President Barack Obama praised outgoing Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for helping to steer his health care law's comeback after a rocky rollout, even as he nominated a successor aimed at helping the White House move past the political damage.
  • Sebelius: Work at HHS is the 'cause of my life'

    Sebelius: Work at HHS is the 'cause of my life'

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:36 AM EDT2014-04-11 15:36:52 GMT
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the government is making tremendous progress toward fixing what she called a broken health system. Sebelius commented Friday after President Barack Obama announced her resignation after five years in his Cabinet. The former Kansas governor was blamed for the disastrous start to sign-ups for coverage under Obama's health care law.
    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the government is making tremendous progress toward fixing what she called a broken health system. Sebelius commented Friday after President Barack Obama announced her resignation after five years in his Cabinet. The former Kansas governor was blamed for the disastrous start to sign-ups for coverage under Obama's health care law.
  • Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    Thursday, April 10 2014 9:21 PM EDT2014-04-11 01:21:07 GMT
    Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
    Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
  • Art exhibit features works from artists with autism

    Art exhibit features works from artists with autism

    Thursday, April 3 2014 11:49 PM EDT2014-04-04 03:49:47 GMT
    A Montgomery County foundation is helping to shine the light on adults with autism and the plight they face through a special event.
    A Montgomery County foundation is helping to shine the light on adults with autism and the plight they face through a special event.
  • Public safety officers honored for service at Crisis Intervention Team Awards

    Public safety officers honored for service at Crisis Intervention Team Awards

    Thursday, April 3 2014 9:23 PM EDT2014-04-04 01:23:08 GMT
    Officers, deputies and dispatchers in Arlington were honored for their service in helping save lives Wednesday night at the Virginia Hospital Center.
    Officers, deputies and dispatchers in Arlington were honored for their service in helping save lives Wednesday night at the Virginia Hospital Center.
  • Health Watch: Allergy pill, pre-op questions

    Health Watch: Allergy pill, pre-op questions

    Thursday, April 3 2014 7:05 AM EDT2014-04-03 11:05:26 GMT
    If you or a loved one is in need of surgery, you may have done a lot of research on the procedure itself. But what about the surgeon who is doing the procedure? Sometimes we take that referral on blind faith from another doctor or a friend. But there's some research you should do before you go in for surgery.
    If you or a loved one is in need of surgery, you may have done a lot of research on the procedure itself. But what about the surgeon who is doing the procedure? Sometimes we take that referral on blind faith from another doctor or a friend. But there's some research you should do before you go in for surgery.
  • Md. moves to revamp flawed health exchange

    Md. moves to revamp flawed health exchange

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-04-02 00:12:10 GMT
    A Maryland board voted Tuesday to replace technology in the state's badly flawed health-exchange website instead of fixing its current system or partnering with the federal health care exchange.
    A Maryland board voted Tuesday to replace technology in the state's badly flawed health-exchange website instead of fixing its current system or partnering with the federal health care exchange.
  • Missed the health care deadline? It's not too late

    Missed the health care deadline? It's not too late

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-04-01 23:50:48 GMT
    It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's big enrollment deadline.
    It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's big enrollment deadline.
  • Obama celebrates 7.1 million health care sign-ups

    Obama celebrates 7.1 million health care sign-ups

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-04-01 23:47:44 GMT
    Mocking his critics, President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday that 7.1 million people have signed up for his health care law, an unexpected comeback after a disastrous rollout sent his poll numbers plummeting and stirred fears among Democrats facing re-election this fall.
    Mocking his critics, President Barack Obama boasted Tuesday that 7.1 million people have signed up for his health care law, an unexpected comeback after a disastrous rollout sent his poll numbers plummeting and stirred fears among Democrats facing re-election this fall.
  • Health law sign-ups on track to hit 7 million

    Health law sign-ups on track to hit 7 million

    Monday, March 31 2014 11:58 PM EDT2014-04-01 03:58:13 GMT
    President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was on track to beat expectations with more than 7 million Americans signing up for health insurance by deadline day Monday, government officials told The Associated Press.
    President Barack Obama's health care overhaul was on track to beat expectations with more than 7 million Americans signing up for health insurance by deadline day Monday, government officials told The Associated Press.
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