<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Health News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/healthhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.pngNBC Connecticuthttp://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSat, 23 Jul 2016 22:56:46 -0400Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:56:46 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA['Drunkorexia' Common Among College Students: Study]]>Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:07:20 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BeerDrinking-GettyImages-144235968.jpg
Almost a third of college students say they’ve taken part in practices dubbed “drunkorexia,” according to a recent study, NBC News reported. That’s the name for behaviors such as skipping meals or heavy...

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<![CDATA[Sick People Who Haven't Traveled to Be Tested for Zika ]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:06:12 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/zika-GettyImages-543498576.jpg
Some people who show up at Connecticut hospitals and health centers exhibiting symptoms of Zika will be tested for the virus, even if they have not traveled to a Zika-affected area.

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<![CDATA[Surgery Successfully Cures Epileptic Patients]]>Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:59:38 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_epilepsy0720_1920x1080.jpg
Doctors in Houston, Texas, are using a new procedure to eliminate seizures in many epilepsy patients. KPRC's Haley Hernandez reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Helping Teens With Autism Learn to Drive]]>Tue, 19 Jul 2016 10:42:04 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_driveautism0718_1920x1080.jpg
Researchers are working on ways to help autistic teens learn to drive. NBC's Erika Edwards reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Can a Child's Own Cells Fight Type 1 Diabetes?]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 13:21:17 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Diabetes0713_MP4-146850629810200001.jpg
Doctors hope this first-of-its-kind clinical trial will lead to a cure for Type I Diabetes.]]>
<![CDATA[K2, Drug Linked to Mass NYC Overdose, Explained]]>Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:13:08 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/185*120/AP_100215039023.jpg
Despite dire warnings about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, popularly known by names such as K2, Spice, Black Mamba and Kronic, they continue to grow in popularity, NBC News reports.

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<![CDATA[Placentae Can Bring New Life to Vision Treatments ]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 11:51:08 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Screen-Shot-2016-07-12-at-10.08.53-AM.jpg
“Think of it like a born again eye,” Dr. Chike Mordi from Vision Source in Houston, Texas says of a new treatment's ability to help regenerate eye tissue. With a placenta that meets stringent donor screening and...]]>
<![CDATA[Improving Lesbian Health With Focus on Wellness]]>Tue, 12 Jul 2016 10:03:31 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/LesbianHealth0711_MP4-146832830246300001.jpg
Lesbian and bisexual women have higher rates of obesity, smoking and stress when compared to their heterosexual counterparts, but one University of Missouri researcher is working to change that.]]>
<![CDATA[Health Experts Give Up on Zika Funding From Congress]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:17:40 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
Congress started its final week of the summer Monday but there was still no agreement on a legislation that would get the U.S. ready for a fight against the Zika virus, NBC News reported.

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<![CDATA[California Might Get a Gym Where You Can Smoke Marijuana]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 11:25:57 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/marijuanagym.jpg
A former pro football star and an advocate for athlete marijuana use have teamed up to open a gym in San Francisco that they say will be one of the first in the world to allow members to smoke pot while working...]]>
<![CDATA[Billion Dollar Policy Proposed to Stem Opioid Epidemic ]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:30:28 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/NC_heroin0706_1920x1080.jpg
The White House has asked Congress to approve more than a billion dollars in emergency funding to combat the nation's growing opioid addiction crisis. The Obama administration also announced that it's loosening...

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<![CDATA[More Second-Trimester Abortions Occurred Under Texas Law]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 06:31:23 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/SupremeCourtTexasAbortion-AP_16179555843580.jpg
A preliminary review of statistics released by the Department of State Health Services in Texas shows a 27 percent increase in abortions after 12 weeks, NBC News reported. The numbers appear to oppose the 2013...

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<![CDATA[Zika Cases in the U.S.]]>Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:38:40 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/zika-carto-thumb.jpg
Using data from the CDC, this map tracks Zika cases by state.

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<![CDATA[Health Officials Widen Flour Recall After 4 More People Get Sick]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:16:05 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Flour-recall-General-Mills.jpg
Federal health officials on Friday widened an already big recall of flour after four more people got sick from food poisoning linked to the flour, NBC News reports.No one has died or developed the most...

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<![CDATA[Obama Says He Expects Congress to Move on Zika Virus]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 16:41:15 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ZIKA_GettyImages-537671534.jpg
About $25 million was dispensed by federal health officials Friday to help states at risk from Zika defend against its spread — cash taken from other programs because Congress has not approved fresh funding...

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<![CDATA[New Zika Studies Reveal Invisible Damage to Babies]]>Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:32:35 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/BabyZika-AP_698041135257.jpg
Zika virus causes different types of brain damage in babies, not just microcephaly, according to two new reports.Brazilian researchers found as many as one in five babies born with brain damage caused by Zika...

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<![CDATA[A Little Butter Won't Kill You, Study Says]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 19:35:39 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/175635030-butter-generic.jpg
A little butter isn't going to kill anyone, but it's not a health food, nutrition experts said in a study released Wednesday."I would say butter is neither good nor bad," Laura Pimpin of the Friedman School of...

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<![CDATA[Water Systems Failing to Test for Lead]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:02:05 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/223*120/lead-faucet.jpg
The Natural Resources Defense Council reports more than 18 million Americans got their drinking water from systems with lead violations in 2015.]]>
<![CDATA[Whitewater Park Closes After Deadly Amoeba Kills Teen]]>Fri, 24 Jun 2016 22:01:06 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/USWhitewaterCenter-.jpg
Health officials found a brain-destroying amoeba in the water at a North Carolina water park, which suspended operations Friday, NBC News reported. Officials found evidence of the microbe, and shut down...

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<![CDATA[Celebrities Come Out for National HIV Testing Day]]>Mon, 27 Jun 2016 11:55:20 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DanielFranzese-GettyImages-533405824.jpg
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation is among the organizations putting resources behind HIV prevention and is urging people to get informed and tested. The foundation will hold its first HIV-testing event at...

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<![CDATA[FluMist Nasal Spray Vaccine Doesn't Work: Experts]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:34:05 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/FluMistSpray-AP_16174566973522.jpg
Experts area saying the needle-free FluMist influenza vaccine has not protected against flu for years and should not be used this coming flu season, NBC News reported. The decision could nerve pediatricians...

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<![CDATA[Zika Epidemic Has Doubled Abortion Requests: Study]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:31:35 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ZikaMosquitoes-AP_16127497121865.jpg
The epidemic of Zika virus has caused a spike in requests for abortion help in countries that ban or restrict abortions, researchers said Wednesday.Several women whose fetuses have shown evidence of possible...

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<![CDATA[300 Charged in Nation's Largest Health Care Fraud Bust]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:20:34 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AG_AP_16137669714048.jpg
About 300 people in more than half the states have been charged in the largest crackdown to date on health care fraud, federal authorities announced Wednesday. According to the Departments of Justice...

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<![CDATA[Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Alternative Medicine]]>Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:01:49 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-75357983.jpg
Americans spend a substantial part of out-of-pocket health care costs on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, even though there is little evidence some...

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<![CDATA[Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico at Risk for Zika: CDC]]>Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:24:17 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/PuertoRicoZikaCDC-AP_16169572347522.jpg
The zika virus is spreading quickly in Puerto Rico, meaning hundreds of babies could be born with birth defects, NBC News reports. More than 1 percent of all Puerto Rico blood donations tested in early...

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<![CDATA[Lung Cancer Patients Treated With Drug Over Chemo ]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:28:21 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/MerckKeytruda-AP_41869771122.jpg
Lung cancer patients who have never been treated will now get the same drug used to help former President Jimmy Carter, NBC News reported. Researchers said they wanted to give Keytruda to 305 lung cancer...

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<![CDATA[Teen Smoking Rate Drops, But More Kids Are Vaping]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 19:43:58 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TeenSmoking-GettyImages-549379089.jpg
Fewer teens are smoking cigarettes than ever before, NBC News reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that just 11 percent of high school students said they smoked in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Fewer High School Kids Have Sex: Survey]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 18:11:32 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/TeensKidsSex-AP_16160788929316.jpg
A government survey of risky youth behaviors shows fewer teens are having sex, NBC News reported. The survey found 41 percent of high school kids said they had ever had sex — down from around 47 percent...

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<![CDATA[New Map Shows Where Zika Mosquitoes Live in US]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:42:02 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/CDCMosquitoMap.jpg
A new map shows mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus can be found in 40 states and Washington, D.C., NBC News reported. Experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention compiled the new map...

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<![CDATA[Turkey's President Calls Women Who Work 'Half Persons']]>Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:25:55 -0400http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP924995293814.jpg
Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said women who chose work over motherhood are "half persons," NBC News reported. "A woman who abstains from maternity by saying 'I am working' means that she is actually...

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