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  • 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.
  • Deeds: 'Real work lies ahead' on mental health

    Deeds: 'Real work lies ahead' on mental health

    Monday, March 31 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-03-31 23:47:56 GMT
    R. Creigh Deeds, the Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself, called mental health reform he helped push through the state's General Assembly in the wake of the tragedy "incremental change."
    R. Creigh Deeds, the Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself, called mental health reform he helped push through the state's General Assembly in the wake of the tragedy "incremental change."
  • DC residents rush to sign up for health coverage

    DC residents rush to sign up for health coverage

    Monday, March 31 2014 7:19 PM EDT2014-03-31 23:19:52 GMT
    District of Columbia residents who waited until the last minute to sign up for health insurance coverage under the new federal health care program were waiting on hold with the city's call center and lining up to enroll in person Monday, the last day to join without paying a tax penalty.
    District of Columbia residents who waited until the last minute to sign up for health insurance coverage under the new federal health care program were waiting on hold with the city's call center and lining up to enroll in person Monday, the last day to join without paying a tax penalty.
  • Pay It Forward Follow-Up: Head-shaving event raises nearly $40K to help fund childhood cancer research

    Pay It Forward Follow-Up: Head-shaving event raises nearly $40K to help fund childhood cancer research

    Monday, March 31 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-03-31 21:53:59 GMT
    Abby Furco nearly lost her life to a rare form of leukemia. But with the help of a new drug, she survived. When her mother, Patty, found out the St. Baldrick's Foundation was responsible for discovering that drug, she vowed to pay it forward.
    Abby Furco nearly lost her life to a rare form of leukemia. But with the help of a new drug, she survived. When her mother, Patty, found out the St. Baldrick's Foundation was responsible for discovering that drug, she vowed to pay it forward.
  • O'Malley urges people to beat health care deadline

    O'Malley urges people to beat health care deadline

    Friday, March 28 2014 3:57 PM EDT2014-03-28 19:57:31 GMT
    Maryland's online health exchange still has serious problems, but Gov. Martin O'Malley says more people are getting through to enroll in a health care plan.
    Maryland's online health exchange still has serious problems, but Gov. Martin O'Malley says more people are getting through to enroll in a health care plan.
  • Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober, study says

    Smartphone app helps alcoholics stay sober, study says

    Thursday, March 27 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-03-28 00:32:08 GMT
    A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.
    A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found.
  • Montgomery County deluged with last-minute signups for Obamacare

    Montgomery County deluged with last-minute signups for Obamacare

    Thursday, March 27 2014 5:54 PM EDT2014-03-27 21:54:45 GMT
    With more than six million people already signed up for private health plans, the uninsured are practically beating down the doors in Montgomery County to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act. The county is dealing with an avalanche of applicants trying to get insurance before the March 31 deadline.
    With more than six million people already signed up for private health plans, the uninsured are practically beating down the doors in Montgomery County to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act. The county is dealing with an avalanche of applicants trying to get insurance before the March 31 deadline.
  • DC teen campaigning to make medical marijuana more accessible for those with chronic pain

    DC teen campaigning to make medical marijuana more accessible for those with chronic pain

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-03-27 03:48:32 GMT
    A D.C. teenager is embarking on a campaign to help make medical marijuana more accessible to people who need it from chronic pain.
    A D.C. teenager is embarking on a campaign to help make medical marijuana more accessible to people who need it from chronic pain.
  • Study shows doctors raise blood pressure readings in patients

    Study shows doctors raise blood pressure readings in patients

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 9:33 PM EDT2014-03-27 01:33:34 GMT
    Do doctors really raise your blood pressure? A new study is showing that readings for patients are notably higher when they are taken by a doctor than a nurse.
    Do doctors really raise your blood pressure? A new study is showing that readings for patients are notably higher when they are taken by a doctor than a nurse.
  • Regular exercise, occasional alcohol may be good for eyes

    Regular exercise, occasional alcohol may be good for eyes

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 9:05 AM EDT2014-03-26 13:05:35 GMT
    Regular exercise and an occasional alcoholic beverage may be good for your eyes. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 5000 Wisconsin adults over a 20 period. A little over 5 percent of them developed a visual impairment. After adjusting the stats to reflect age -- they found occasional drinkers were nearly half as likely to develop eye problems. Regular exercisers were nearly 60percent less likely to develop vision problems.
    Regular exercise and an occasional alcoholic beverage may be good for your eyes. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 5000 Wisconsin adults over a 20 period. A little over 5 percent of them developed a visual impairment. After adjusting the stats to reflect age -- they found occasional drinkers were nearly half as likely to develop eye problems. Regular exercisers were nearly 60percent less likely to develop vision problems.
  • Obama administration extends health care enrollment deadline

    Obama administration extends health care enrollment deadline

    Wednesday, March 26 2014 5:51 AM EDT2014-03-26 09:51:25 GMT
    The Obama administration will grant extra time to Americans who say they are unable to enroll in health care plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the deadline set for the end of March, Fox News confirmed Tuesday.
    The Obama administration will grant extra time to Americans who say they are unable to enroll in health care plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the deadline set for the end of March, Fox News confirmed Tuesday.
  • Obama administration grants extra time to enroll for health care

    Obama administration grants extra time to enroll for health care

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-03-26 02:38:08 GMT
    People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.
    People who've started applying for health insurance but aren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration announced Tuesday.
  • Birth control rule seems to divide Supreme Court

    Birth control rule seems to divide Supreme Court

    Tuesday, March 25 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-03-25 23:43:25 GMT
    The U.S. Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.
    The U.S. Supreme Court struggled Tuesday with the question of whether companies have religious rights, a case challenging President Barack Obama's health overhaul and its guarantee of birth control in employees' preventive care plans.
  • Health threats posed by common cold medications

    Health threats posed by common cold medications

    Thursday, March 20 2014 7:53 AM EDT2014-03-20 11:53:22 GMT
    Common cold medications may pose health threats. Researchers in New Zealand say over-the-counter sinus and pain remedies that combine two common ingredients might cause serious side effects such as high blood pressure, dizziness and tremors.
    Common cold medications may pose health threats. Researchers in New Zealand say over-the-counter sinus and pain remedies that combine two common ingredients might cause serious side effects such as high blood pressure, dizziness and tremors.
  • Cancer survivor grateful for medical marijuana in DC

    Cancer survivor grateful for medical marijuana in DC

    Tuesday, March 18 2014 8:40 PM EDT2014-03-19 00:40:01 GMT
    A medical marijuana patient in the District is sharing his story with FOX 5. He claims the drug changed his life, and without it, he's not sure he would even be alive.
    A medical marijuana patient in the District is sharing his story with FOX 5. He claims the drug changed his life, and without it, he's not sure he would even be alive.
  • Sugars in tequila could protect against diabetes, obesity

    Sugars in tequila could protect against diabetes, obesity

    Monday, March 17 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-03-18 03:07:41 GMT
    Tequila shots may do more than just lighten the mood at a party. The drink may be beneficial to your health.
    Tequila shots may do more than just lighten the mood at a party. The drink may be beneficial to your health.
  • Nearly 200 students, 30 staff members at Alexandria elementary school fall ill

    Nearly 200 students, 30 staff members at Alexandria elementary school fall ill

    Thursday, March 13 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-03-14 02:22:44 GMT
    An Alexandria elementary school will be closed on Friday due to what is believed to be a norovirus outbreak at the school.
    An Alexandria elementary school will be closed on Friday due to what is believed to be a norovirus outbreak at the school.
  • Josh Hardy medication fight raises questions about drug approval process

    Josh Hardy medication fight raises questions about drug approval process

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-03-12 21:12:51 GMT
    After days of pleading with drug company executives, the parents of a Fredericksburg, Va., boy in danger of dying got what they have been praying for: a chance to get the medicine that could help their son survive.
    After days of pleading with drug company executives, the parents of a Fredericksburg, Va., boy in danger of dying got what they have been praying for: a chance to get the medicine that could help their son survive.
  • Cancer to become leading cause of death in United States by 2030

    Cancer to become leading cause of death in United States by 2030

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-03-12 13:21:07 GMT
    In just sixteen years cancer will be the leading cause of death in the United States. The number of new cases are expected to increase forty-five percent by 2030. According to a new report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, there are major concerns over cancer care in the U.S. - which includes physician shortages and financial difficulties. Right now heart disease is the nation's number one killer.
    In just sixteen years cancer will be the leading cause of death in the United States. The number of new cases are expected to increase forty-five percent by 2030. According to a new report from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, there are major concerns over cancer care in the U.S. - which includes physician shortages and financial difficulties. Right now heart disease is the nation's number one killer.
  • FDA approves electric headband to prevent migraine

    FDA approves electric headband to prevent migraine

    Wednesday, March 12 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-03-12 11:34:06 GMT
    The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches. Agency officials said the device provides a new option for patients who cannot tolerate migraine medications. The Cefaly device is a battery-powered plastic band worn across the forehead. Using an adhesive electrode, the band emits a low electrical current to stimulate nerves associated with migraine pain. Users may feel a tingli...
    The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it approved a nerve-stimulating headband as the first medical device to prevent migraine headaches. Agency officials said the device provides a new option for patients who cannot tolerate migraine medications. The Cefaly device is a battery-powered plastic band worn across the forehead. Using an adhesive electrode, the band emits a low electrical current to stimulate nerves associated with migraine pain. Users may feel a tingli...
  • 7-year-old Josh Hardy to receive drug to treat life-threatening virus

    7-year-old Josh Hardy to receive drug to treat life-threatening virus

    Tuesday, March 11 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-03-12 03:14:52 GMT
    There is great news for a 7-year-old Fredericksburg, Va. boy suffering from a life-threatening virus. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital says Josh Hardy will be receiving an experimental drug sought by his family to treat his condition within the next 48 hours.
    There is great news for a 7-year-old Fredericksburg, Va. boy suffering from a life-threatening virus. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital says Josh Hardy will be receiving an experimental drug sought by his family to treat his condition within the next 48 hours.
  • Fight for potential life-saving drug continues for Va. boy

    Fight for potential life-saving drug continues for Va. boy

    Monday, March 10 2014 11:34 PM EDT2014-03-11 03:34:31 GMT
    Tom and Aimee Hardy are holding out for a miracle. Their 7-year-old son Josh has beat cancer four times, but now a virus he contracted following a bone marrow transplant is threatening his life. The Fredericksburg, Va. family’s quest for access to a drug that could turn it all around has gained national attention.
    Tom and Aimee Hardy are holding out for a miracle. Their 7-year-old son Josh has beat cancer four times, but now a virus he contracted following a bone marrow transplant is threatening his life. The Fredericksburg, Va. family’s quest for access to a drug that could turn it all around has gained national attention.
  • College suicides on the rise

    College suicides on the rise

    Monday, March 10 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-03-10 11:32:52 GMT
    College suicides are on the rise and are now the second leading cause of death among college-aged students. Last year, more than a thousand students committed suicide. Experts say one of the biggest causes is untreated mental illness. Statistics show, 1-in-5 college students believe that their depression level is higher than it should be, yet only 6 percent say that they would seek help.
    College suicides are on the rise and are now the second leading cause of death among college-aged students. Last year, more than a thousand students committed suicide. Experts say one of the biggest causes is untreated mental illness. Statistics show, 1-in-5 college students believe that their depression level is higher than it should be, yet only 6 percent say that they would seek help.
  • Md. considers banning sale of energy drinks to minors

    Md. considers banning sale of energy drinks to minors

    Friday, March 7 2014 6:27 PM EST2014-03-07 23:27:04 GMT
    Should minors be forbidden from buying (or consuming) “energy drinks?” The Maryland legislature is currently considering a bill that would do that.
    Should minors be forbidden from buying (or consuming) “energy drinks?” The Maryland legislature is currently considering a bill that would do that.
  • Boil water advisory in DC lifted

    Boil water advisory in DC lifted

    Friday, March 7 2014 11:54 AM EST2014-03-07 16:54:39 GMT
    A boil water advisory that was in effect for some isolated areas of Northwest D.C. has been lifted.
    A boil water advisory that was in effect for some isolated areas of Northwest D.C. has been lifted.
  • Some DC residents advised to boil drinking water

    Some DC residents advised to boil drinking water

    Wednesday, March 5 2014 9:04 PM EST2014-03-06 02:04:00 GMT
    Washington's Water and Sewer Authority is advising that residents who are having low water pressure boil water for drinking and cooking.
    Washington's Water and Sewer Authority is advising that residents who are having low water pressure boil water for drinking and cooking.
  • Parents of sick Md. girl fight for 'Lily's Law'

    Parents of sick Md. girl fight for 'Lily's Law'

    Friday, February 28 2014 7:43 PM EST2014-03-01 00:43:21 GMT
    A Leonardtown, Md., family is trying to convince the state legislature to expand the number of maladies for which newborn babies are checked. Their own two-year-old daughter suffers from a rare neurological condition that, had it been detected earlier, might have been cured.
    A Leonardtown, Md., family is trying to convince the state legislature to expand the number of maladies for which newborn babies are checked. Their own two-year-old daughter suffers from a rare neurological condition that, had it been detected earlier, might have been cured.
  • DC orders insurers to cover sex-change surgery

    DC orders insurers to cover sex-change surgery

    Thursday, February 27 2014 3:55 PM EST2014-02-27 20:55:37 GMT
    Insurance companies in the District of Columbia have been ordered to stop denying coverage to transgender residents seeking gender-reassignment surgery.
    Insurance companies in the District of Columbia have been ordered to stop denying coverage to transgender residents seeking gender-reassignment surgery.
  • New food labels aim to make healthy shopping easy

    New food labels aim to make healthy shopping easy

    Thursday, February 27 2014 2:53 PM EST2014-02-27 19:53:33 GMT
    New nutrition labels proposed Thursday for many popular foods, including ice cream, aim to more accurately reflect what people actually eat. And the proposal would make calorie counts on labels more prominent, too, reflecting that nutritionists now focus more on calories than fat.
    New nutrition labels proposed Thursday for many popular foods, including ice cream, aim to more accurately reflect what people actually eat. And the proposal would make calorie counts on labels more prominent, too, reflecting that nutritionists now focus more on calories than fat.
  • Seeking medical marijuana for their sick child, Va. family plans to move to Arizona

    Seeking medical marijuana for their sick child, Va. family plans to move to Arizona

    Wednesday, February 26 2014 11:19 PM EST2014-02-27 04:19:25 GMT
    A Virginia family is so desperate for marijuana for their 15-month-old son that they will soon be moving thousands of miles away to Arizona to get it.
    A Virginia family is so desperate for marijuana for their 15-month-old son that they will soon be moving thousands of miles away to Arizona to get it.
  • Selfie photos may contribute to spread of head lice

    Selfie photos may contribute to spread of head lice

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 8:50 AM EST2014-02-25 13:50:45 GMT
    It's one of the most popular ways to snap a picture these days -- the selfie! But now some doctors say it could be to blame for spreading head lice! Some head lice-treatment experts say they've seen a rise in teen lice cases and believe the selfie is to blame. To take selfies, many people huddle close together -- touching heads. But other doctors are hesitant to blame the photo craze pointing out that the most common ways for lice to spread is through the sharing of combs, hats and bed...
    It's one of the most popular ways to snap a picture these days -- the selfie! But now some doctors say it could be to blame for spreading head lice! Some head lice-treatment experts say they've seen a rise in teen lice cases and believe the selfie is to blame. To take selfies, many people huddle close together -- touching heads. But other doctors are hesitant to blame the photo craze pointing out that the most common ways for lice to spread is through the sharing of combs, hats and bed...
  • Study: Being homophobic shortens life

    Study: Being homophobic shortens life

    Monday, February 24 2014 7:21 AM EST2014-02-24 12:21:59 GMT
    According to research from Columbia University, being homophobic cuts two and a half years off your life.
    According to research from Columbia University, being homophobic cuts two and a half years off your life.
  • 7 fall ill in Maryland from listeria linked to cheese

    7 fall ill in Maryland from listeria linked to cheese

    Friday, February 21 2014 10:33 PM EST2014-02-22 03:33:46 GMT
    One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the death was in California. Seven additional illnesses were in Maryland.
    One person has died and three newborns have become ill in an outbreak of listeria linked to Hispanic-style cheese. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the death was in California. Seven additional illnesses were in Maryland.
  • Flu hitting young and middle-age adults unusually hard

    Flu hitting young and middle-age adults unusually hard

    Friday, February 21 2014 7:55 PM EST2014-02-22 00:55:48 GMT
    Flu season seems to be winding down, and it's been an odd one. It hasn't been as bad as last year and the vaccine worked a little better. And it has been a fairly mild one for the elderly — traditionally the most vulnerable group. But it's been a different story for young and middle-age adults, who have been hit harder than expected because of a surge in swine flu.
    Flu season seems to be winding down, and it's been an odd one. It hasn't been as bad as last year and the vaccine worked a little better. And it has been a fairly mild one for the elderly — traditionally the most vulnerable group. But it's been a different story for young and middle-age adults, who have been hit harder than expected because of a surge in swine flu.
  • DC considering bill to make smoking in vehicle with children under 12 illegal

    DC considering bill to make smoking in vehicle with children under 12 illegal

    Tuesday, February 18 2014 7:29 PM EST2014-02-19 00:29:26 GMT
    City leaders in D.C. are considering a new bill that could make it a crime to smoke in a car with kids under the age of 12.
    City leaders in D.C. are considering a new bill that could make it a crime to smoke in a car with kids under the age of 12.
  • Md. man says he can't get health care coverage because website won't remember username, password

    Md. man says he can't get health care coverage because website won't remember username, password

    Monday, February 17 2014 8:36 PM EST2014-02-18 01:36:23 GMT
    It is causing big headaches for people in need and Maryland officials promised the fixes were coming. But that is little help for people who are still without coverage because of the glitches with the state's health care exchange website.
    It is causing big headaches for people in need and Maryland officials promised the fixes were coming. But that is little help for people who are still without coverage because of the glitches with the state's health care exchange website.
  • Couple gets fit together in 'The Weighting Game'

    Couple gets fit together in 'The Weighting Game'

    Saturday, February 15 2014 3:50 AM EST2014-02-15 08:50:07 GMT
    Losing weight is hard enough, but if your husband or wife is downing ice cream while you are trying to eat carrots, it can be difficult to stick to your healthy habits. But one couple has found to way to succeed in "The Weighting Game."
    Losing weight is hard enough, but if your husband or wife is downing ice cream while you are trying to eat carrots, it can be difficult to stick to your healthy habits. But one couple has found to way to succeed in "The Weighting Game."
  • FOX 5 Investigates: CrossFit Concerns

    FOX 5 Investigates: CrossFit Concerns

    Thursday, February 13 2014 3:12 AM EST2014-02-13 08:12:39 GMT
    It is just over a month into the new year and many of you are still going strong on your resolutions to get fit. But could a certain kind of workout actually be a health hazard? FOX 5's Sarah Simmons takes a look at concerns about CrossFit.
    It is just over a month into the new year and many of you are still going strong on your resolutions to get fit. But could a certain kind of workout actually be a health hazard? FOX 5's Sarah Simmons takes a look at concerns about CrossFit.
  • Md. considers Good Samaritan law for drug overdoses

    Md. considers Good Samaritan law for drug overdoses

    Tuesday, February 11 2014 6:57 PM EST2014-02-11 23:57:32 GMT
    Advocates of a proposed “Good Samaritan law” say people in Maryland are dying of drug overdoses because their friends are sometimes afraid to call 911.
    Advocates of a proposed “Good Samaritan law” say people in Maryland are dying of drug overdoses because their friends are sometimes afraid to call 911.
  • Red Cross has urgent need for blood donors after winter weather forces cancellations

    Red Cross has urgent need for blood donors after winter weather forces cancellations

    Monday, February 10 2014 3:43 PM EST2014-02-10 20:43:30 GMT
    The American Red Cross is asking for more donors to help restock the blood supply after winter weather in January caused numerous cancellations of blood drives across the country.
    The American Red Cross is asking for more donors to help restock the blood supply after winter weather in January caused numerous cancellations of blood drives across the country.
  • New wave of heroin use worrying officials

    New wave of heroin use worrying officials

    Tuesday, February 4 2014 6:00 PM EST2014-02-04 23:00:26 GMT
    This past weekend's death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is once again shining a light on the dangers of heroin. Health officials in Maryland, in fact, are warning of a new and deadlier form of the drug that is hitting our streets.
    This past weekend's death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is once again shining a light on the dangers of heroin. Health officials in Maryland, in fact, are warning of a new and deadlier form of the drug that is hitting our streets.
  • Weighting Game Winner: Matt Plumer

    Weighting Game Winner: Matt Plumer

    Friday, January 31 2014 10:57 PM EST2014-02-01 03:57:28 GMT
    Matt Plumer has always had an oversized personality. That hasn't changed. But his oversized waistline has changed. Now the 35-year-old from Reston, Va., and his wife could fit in his old jeans.
    Matt Plumer has always had an oversized personality. That hasn't changed. But his oversized waistline has changed. Now the 35-year-old from Reston, Va., and his wife could fit in his old jeans.
  • Average wait times to see doctors in U.S.

    Average wait times to see doctors in U.S.

    Thursday, January 30 2014 11:37 AM EST2014-01-30 16:37:51 GMT
    How long do you typically wait to see your doctor? Well if your physician is in D.C., you will most likely wait about 17 days to schedule an appointment. A survey of physicians nationwide found the average wait time for a new patient is nearly 19 days.
    How long do you typically wait to see your doctor? Well if your physician is in D.C., you will most likely wait about 17 days to schedule an appointment. A survey of physicians nationwide found the average wait time for a new patient is nearly 19 days.
  • 'Weight Fate' determined at a very young age

    'Weight Fate' determined at a very young age

    Thursday, January 30 2014 7:08 AM EST2014-01-30 12:08:01 GMT
    Your child's weight may indicate if they'll be obese later in life. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests overweight kindergartners are four times as likely to be obese by the eighth grade.
    Your child's weight may indicate if they'll be obese later in life. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests overweight kindergartners are four times as likely to be obese by the eighth grade.
  • Va. state senator Creigh Deeds recalls son's attack, mental illness

    Va. state senator Creigh Deeds recalls son's attack, mental illness

    Monday, January 27 2014 3:44 PM EST2014-01-27 20:44:20 GMT
    A Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself said Monday the stigma attached to mental health issues has resulted in a lack of awareness and support that leaves the mentally ill to "struggle in silence."
    A Virginia state senator whose mentally ill adult son attacked him before killing himself said Monday the stigma attached to mental health issues has resulted in a lack of awareness and support that leaves the mentally ill to "struggle in silence."
  • Md. mother seeks medical marijuana for her 3-year-old twins with rare disorder

    Md. mother seeks medical marijuana for her 3-year-old twins with rare disorder

    Friday, January 24 2014 7:45 AM EST2014-01-24 12:45:34 GMT
    A Frederick, Md., mother wants to give her 3-year-old twin boys medical marijuana to help ease their severe seizures, and now she is working with state lawmakers to help make it happen.
    A Frederick, Md., mother wants to give her 3-year-old twin boys medical marijuana to help ease their severe seizures, and now she is working with state lawmakers to help make it happen.
  • Michelle Obama joins photobomb craze with Miami Heat players in new 'Let's Move' video

    Michelle Obama joins photobomb craze with Miami Heat players in new 'Let's Move' video

    Wednesday, January 22 2014 7:45 PM EST2014-01-23 00:45:58 GMT
    Michelle Obama is a big proponent of fitness. The Miami Heat are big fans of the photobombing craze.Combining the two seems like a hit. The first lady and some members of the Heat are starring together in a new video promoting fitness and healthy eating, part of Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" initiative.
    Michelle Obama is a big proponent of fitness. The Miami Heat are big fans of the photobombing craze.Combining the two seems like a hit. The first lady and some members of the Heat are starring together in a new video promoting fitness and healthy eating, part of Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" initiative.
  • Obama: Marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol

    Obama: Marijuana no more dangerous than alcohol

    Monday, January 20 2014 7:25 PM EST2014-01-21 00:25:36 GMT
    President Obama doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer," he told "The New Yorker" magazine in an interview.
    President Obama doesn't think marijuana is more dangerous than alcohol, "in terms of its impact on the individual consumer," he told "The New Yorker" magazine in an interview.
  • Health care website passed recent security test

    Health care website passed recent security test

    Thursday, January 16 2014 8:19 PM EST2014-01-17 01:19:09 GMT
    Cybersecurity concerns over President Barack Obama's health care website have been cleared up through testing, a government security professional who initially had qualms about the system assured lawmakers Thursday.
    Cybersecurity concerns over President Barack Obama's health care website have been cleared up through testing, a government security professional who initially had qualms about the system assured lawmakers Thursday.
  • University of Maryland considering covering cost of sex change surgery

    University of Maryland considering covering cost of sex change surgery

    Wednesday, January 15 2014 8:44 PM EST2014-01-16 01:44:09 GMT
    Nationwide, the number of universities offering to cover sex change surgery is growing. 50 universities offer to cover the cost of this procedure, and as of next school year, the University of Maryland may join that list.
    Nationwide, the number of universities offering to cover sex change surgery is growing. 50 universities offer to cover the cost of this procedure, and as of next school year, the University of Maryland may join that list.
  • Gansler calls on Brown to explain Md. health exchange woes

    Gansler calls on Brown to explain Md. health exchange woes

    Monday, January 13 2014 7:19 PM EST2014-01-14 00:19:45 GMT
    Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is calling on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to explain in greater detail why the state's health exchange website has been so troubled.
    Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is calling on Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown to explain in greater detail why the state's health exchange website has been so troubled.
  • DC considering legislation to give tax credit to organ donors

    DC considering legislation to give tax credit to organ donors

    Monday, January 13 2014 6:32 PM EST2014-01-13 23:32:04 GMT
    Several D.C. Council members are supporting legislation to help those who want to donate organs to those in need. Under a proposal being discussed, D.C. would offer a $25,000 tax credit to donors.
    Several D.C. Council members are supporting legislation to help those who want to donate organs to those in need. Under a proposal being discussed, D.C. would offer a $25,000 tax credit to donors.
  • Flu drug Tamiflu in short supply

    Flu drug Tamiflu in short supply

    Thursday, January 9 2014 9:01 AM EST2014-01-09 14:01:05 GMT
    The liquid form of the flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply.
    The liquid form of the flu drug Tamiflu is in short supply.
  • Va. mental health task force holds first meeting

    Va. mental health task force holds first meeting

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 7:22 PM EST2014-01-08 00:22:03 GMT
    A state senator's return to Richmond less than two months after his son's suicide should provide the impetus for mental health improvements starting in the 2014 General Assembly session and beyond, Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday.
    A state senator's return to Richmond less than two months after his son's suicide should provide the impetus for mental health improvements starting in the 2014 General Assembly session and beyond, Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday.
  • Tips for walking safely in snow and ice

    Tips for walking safely in snow and ice

    Friday, January 3 2014 10:22 PM EST2014-01-04 03:22:06 GMT
    After our first snowfall in 2014, snow and ice that still remain on the ground uncleared poses a great danger for falls. According to the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), falls account for more than one million injuries in the United States annually. Here are some tips for safe walking in snow and ice.
    After our first snowfall in 2014, snow and ice that still remain on the ground uncleared poses a great danger for falls. According to the Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA), falls account for more than one million injuries in the United States annually. Here are some tips for safe walking in snow and ice.
  • Gov't: Birth control mandate should not be blocked

    Gov't: Birth control mandate should not be blocked

    Friday, January 3 2014 5:07 PM EST2014-01-03 22:07:22 GMT
    The Obama administration urged a Supreme Court justice Friday to stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.
    The Obama administration urged a Supreme Court justice Friday to stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control.
  • Md. health exchange bill to be submitted next week

    Md. health exchange bill to be submitted next week

    Friday, January 3 2014 4:49 PM EST2014-01-03 21:49:02 GMT
    An emergency measure will be submitted in Maryland to put people who thought they were enrolled in a health care plan through the state's troubled health exchange but still did not receive coverage into a separate state safety net health plan.
    An emergency measure will be submitted in Maryland to put people who thought they were enrolled in a health care plan through the state's troubled health exchange but still did not receive coverage into a separate state safety net health plan.
  • Bungle of Joy: HealthCare.gov can’t handle info on newborns

    Bungle of Joy: HealthCare.gov can’t handle info on newborns

    Friday, January 3 2014 10:45 AM EST2014-01-03 15:45:14 GMT
    Having a baby in the new year? Good luck trying to enter that into HealthCare.gov. In the latest glitch to emerge regarding the Affordable Care Act system, health officials are telling new enrollees that the federal insurance marketplace will not be able to update their coverage online to reflect the birth of a baby and other life changes.
    Having a baby in the new year? Good luck trying to enter that into HealthCare.gov. In the latest glitch to emerge regarding the Affordable Care Act system, health officials are telling new enrollees that the federal insurance marketplace will not be able to update their coverage online to reflect the birth of a baby and other life changes.
  • FOX 5 Weighting Game 21-Day Challenge

    FOX 5 Weighting Game 21-Day Challenge

    Wednesday, January 1 2014 8:18 PM EST2014-01-02 01:18:32 GMT
    The holiday "food season" is over and now it's time to get healthy! The number one resolution people make is losing weight, and not far behind at number five is staying fit. So here at FOX 5, we're kicking off a 21-day weighting game challenge to help people get started.
    The holiday "food season" is over and now it's time to get healthy! The number one resolution people make is losing weight, and not far behind at number five is staying fit. So here at FOX 5, we're kicking off a 21-day weighting game challenge to help people get started.
  • CVS plans to stop selling tobacco products

    CVS plans to stop selling tobacco products

    Wednesday, February 5 2014 6:48 PM EST2014-02-05 23:48:53 GMT
    The nation’s second largest pharmacy chain, CVS, announced its retail locations will stop selling tobacco products this fall.
    The nation’s second largest pharmacy chain, CVS, announced its retail locations will stop selling tobacco products this fall.
  • Subway says it's removing chemical from bread

    Subway says it's removing chemical from bread

    Thursday, February 6 2014 7:18 AM EST2014-02-06 12:18:11 GMT
    Subway says it's in the process of removing a chemical from its bread as part of an ongoing effort to improve its recipes. The announcement comes after a popular food blogger launched a petition this week asking the sandwich chain to stop using the ingredient, called azodicarbonamide. A representative for Subway says the change was underway before the petition was launched, but did not immediately provide details on when it started or when it would be complete. The complete ...
    Subway says it's in the process of removing a chemical from its bread as part of an ongoing effort to improve its recipes. The announcement comes after a popular food blogger launched a petition this week asking the sandwich chain to stop using the ingredient, called azodicarbonamide. A representative for Subway says the change was underway before the petition was launched, but did not immediately provide details on when it started or when it would be complete. The complete ...
  • New rules would ensure safety of infant formula

    New rules would ensure safety of infant formula

    Thursday, February 6 2014 8:17 PM EST2014-02-07 01:17:27 GMT
    After nearly two decades of study, the Food and Drug Administration announced rules Thursday designed to make sure that infant formula is safe and nutritious.
    After nearly two decades of study, the Food and Drug Administration announced rules Thursday designed to make sure that infant formula is safe and nutritious.
  • While heading back from lunch, doctors help save man suffering from heart attack

    While heading back from lunch, doctors help save man suffering from heart attack

    Thursday, February 6 2014 7:48 PM EST2014-02-07 00:48:57 GMT
    A Woodbridge, Va., family has been following the developments in the Cecil Mills case. They reached out to FOX 5 because they thought our viewers should know about another emergency. It was a heart attack that also happened in public, but had much a different ending.
    A Woodbridge, Va., family has been following the developments in the Cecil Mills case. They reached out to FOX 5 because they thought our viewers should know about another emergency. It was a heart attack that also happened in public, but had much a different ending.
  • Hair relaxers may increase the risk of uterine fibroids

    Hair relaxers may increase the risk of uterine fibroids

    Friday, February 7 2014 8:46 AM EST2014-02-07 13:46:12 GMT
    A study from the American Journal of Epidemiology shows hair relaxers may increase the risk of uterine fibroids. FOX 5's Sarah Simmons has more now on what you need to know before you sit down at the salon.
    A study from the American Journal of Epidemiology shows hair relaxers may increase the risk of uterine fibroids. FOX 5's Sarah Simmons has more now on what you need to know before you sit down at the salon.
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