<![CDATA[NBC Connecticut - Health News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/health http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC_Connecticut.png NBC Connecticut http://www.nbcconnecticut.comen-usSat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:35 -0400Sat, 24 Jun 2017 05:00:35 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Medical Groups Hate the 'Heartless' Senate Health Care Plan]]> Fri, 23 Jun 2017 13:11:45 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-699840802.jpg
Both versions of the Republican plan to fix the American health care system would make things worse, not better, according to groups that represent a variety of physicians.NBC News reported that pediatrician...

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<![CDATA[Hummus Sold At Wal-Mart, Target Recalled for Listeria Risk]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:40:58 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/armus-hummus.jpg
A brand of pine nut hummus sold at major retailers including Wal-Mart and Target has been recalled by its manufacturer because it may be contaminated with listeria.House of Thaller, which is based in...

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<![CDATA[5 Key Issues to Look for in the Senate Health Care Bill]]> Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:44:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/mcconnell3.jpg
With Senate Republican leaders expected to release details of their health care bill in a 9:30 a.m. meeting Thursday, NBC News rounded up five big issues that are at the heart of the proposed legislation.

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<![CDATA[Women Keep Dressing Like ‘Handmaids’ at Statehouses]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:02:43 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/handmaidslegislation_1200x675.jpg
Women across the country are using creative methods to get their message on reproductive rights to their local and state legislative bodies by channeling the characters from the dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's...

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<![CDATA[FDA Wants To Stop Pharma From 'Gaming' Generic Drug System]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:30:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/pills-generic-03-GettyImages-108339198.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration is trying to stop pharmaceutical companies from "gaming" the system by blocking or delaying generic competition, Reuters reported.The agency plans a public meeting on July...

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<![CDATA[Namaste: It's International Yoga Day]]> Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:13:21 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT+YOGA+DAY+THUMB.jpg
June 21 is the third annual International Yoga Day, which thousands of yogis across the world marked at mass gatherings. It's estimated that over 36 million Americans practice yoga annually, spending more...]]>
<![CDATA[Six Experts Resign From President's HIV/AIDS Advisory Panel]]> Sun, 18 Jun 2017 18:40:48 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-499435366.jpg
Scott Schoettes, Counsel and HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, explained in a Newsweek op-ed Friday that he and five colleagues decided to leave their posts on the council in protest of the Trump...

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<![CDATA[Laundry Pods Can Be Fatal for Adults With Dementia]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:14:26 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/detergent-pods-file.jpg
Within the past five years, six adults with cognitive impairment have died from ingesting brightly colored laundry detergent pods. During the same time, two children died from doing the same.According to...

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<![CDATA[App for Air Pollution Could Make City Living a Lot Safer]]> Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:50:53 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/calipollutionx1200x675.jpg
Out of a pollution study an app, that can pinpoint pollution hot spots block by block, is being developed for city dwellers, reported NBC News. A study suggests that it might be possible for local authorities...

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<![CDATA[Fewer Teens Are Vaping and Smoking, CDC Survey Finds]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:41:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-647804748.jpg
Teen smoking rates have hit new lows in the U.S. and, for the first time, fewer high school students are trying e-cigarettes, NBC News reported.The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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<![CDATA[Study Finds Traces of Lead in Some Baby Foods]]> Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:56:02 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/240*120/061517+generic+baby+food.JPG
A startling new report finds detectable levels of lead in baby food, a finding that may concern parents. But experts say it's important to stay vigilant about bigger sources of lead poisoning in...

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<![CDATA[GOP Health Care Law Could Cost Nearly 1 Million Jobs: Report]]> Wed, 14 Jun 2017 19:14:20 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649341364.jpg
The American Health Care Act, the GOP’s answer to Obamacare, could end up costing the U.S. economy close to 1 million jobs, researchers predicted Wednesday.If the bill passes, it would initially boost jobs and...

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<![CDATA[Tyson Recalls 2.4M Pounds of Chicken Due to Allergy Risk]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:21:00 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Tyson-Foods-generic.jpg
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling more than 2.4 million pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken products because the bread crumbs may contain milk, a potential allergen not included on the label.

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<![CDATA[Trader Joe's Recalls Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream]]> Mon, 12 Jun 2017 09:35:12 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/trader-joes-green-tea.jpg
Trader Joe's is recalling all of its Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream because the products may contain small pieces of metal.

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<![CDATA['Beating Heart in a Box' Promises Major Medical Revolution]]> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:57:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/182*120/humanheartcopyART_1200x675.jpg
The most current method and technology available for heart transplants is an estimated 50 years old but new technology may revolutionize how heart transplant surgeries may change in the near future, reported NBC...

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<![CDATA[FDA Asks Company to Pull Its Opioid Opana Because of Abuse]]> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 20:56:16 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/AP_16271837996563.jpg
The Food and Drug Administration has asked Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove Opana ER, an extended release form of the opioid drug oxymorphone made by the drug company, from the market because it has such a...

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<![CDATA[6 Reasons to Celebrate Global Running Day]]> Wed, 07 Jun 2017 16:49:09 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/running-shoes.jpg
Last week had National Doughnut Day. Global Running Day is here Wednesday, giving you a good excuse to work off those treats. Here are six reasons why you should join more than 1.2 million people from...

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<![CDATA[AI Sex Robots Are on Their Way]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 16:54:42 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/sexrobots_1200x675.jpg
Robots are becoming smarter and have become a part of our daily lives more than ever, from the work they do in hospitals and restaurants to helping around the house.But some of these robot personal assistants...

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<![CDATA[This Device Combats Ebola and Extremists in Africa]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:32:52 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/ebolanbcnews_1200x675.jpg
In some villages deep in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where bridges may just be felled trees and there are few roads or telephones, a growing network of solar-powered radios is doing double duty, NBC...

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<![CDATA[Cancer Drug Spending Passes $110 Billion]]> Fri, 02 Jun 2017 10:34:56 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/cancerdrugspendingspikes.jpg
Spending on cancer treatments has spiked past the $100 billion mark globally over the past five years, with almost half that amount in the U.S. alone, NBC News reported, citing a report released Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Trump Climate Decision Endangers Human Health: Doctors]]> Thu, 01 Jun 2017 20:04:24 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-542739377.jpg
President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement will endanger human health and make it hard to prevent even more damage from global warning, medical groups told NBC...

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<![CDATA[Taxpayers May Have Overpaid by $1B for EpiPen: Senator]]> Wed, 31 May 2017 16:56:49 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/epipen1.jpg
American taxpayers may have overpaid by as much as $1.27 billion for EpiPen anti-allergy devices over the course of a decade, a U.S. senator said Wednesday. That is nearly three times the $465 million...

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<![CDATA[The Blame Game Is Upping Health Insurance Costs: Analysis]]> Mon, 29 May 2017 13:01:59 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/20170519+Capitol1.jpg
While the Senate inches toward agreeing on a health care bill, insurers are growing increasingly rattled by congressional inaction and threats of sabotage from the White House, and customers could soon be paying...

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<![CDATA[Doctors in Brazil Using Fish Skin to Help Burn Victims]]> Fri, 26 May 2017 16:17:01 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_FISH_BANDAGES_052617_1-149582887236800001.jpg
Doctors in Brazil are using skin from farm-raised tilapia to heal burn victims. According to the doctors, the tilapia skin can cut down on the painful process of changing bandages and can actually help...]]>
<![CDATA[How the GOP Bill Could Affect 'Essential Health Benefits']]> Thu, 25 May 2017 12:42:06 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/Congressional-Budget-Office-HR-1628.jpg
If the Republican health reform plan becomes law, states trying to save money on health insurance are likely to seek cuts on services like maternity care, mental health and dentist visits for kids, the...

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<![CDATA[How to Identify Heat Stroke]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 17:26:07 -0400 http://media.nbcconnecticut.com/images/213*120/DIT_NAT_HEAT_STROKE_GUIDE_052417_1-149557390684400001.jpg
With summer here, it's important to know the dangers of high temperatures. Heat stroke can be dangerous. Here are some ways you can identify heat stroke and what you should do when you see some of its symptoms.]]>