Tag: Health & Fitness News

Hundreds brave frigid temps in skivvies for annual fundraiser

WASHINGTON — For the past 10 years, people have gathered to run through D.C.’s cold streets in their underthings as part of an annual effort to raise funds for research to find a cure for neurofibromatosis — a rare genetic disease that causes tumors to grow throughout the nervous system. This year, people taking part […]

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Wizards use brain health technology to gauge injury, improve performance

WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards will soon use neurotechnology to try to understand how fatigue associated with a long basketball season affects players’ brain performance and health. The team said Tuesday that it will become the third NBA club — joining the Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors — to use the SyncThink platform, which […]

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Laser treatments can help shrink and soften thick scars

WASHINGTON — Lasers, combined with a better understanding of how the body heals wounds, have helped make life easier for people who once had to just live with a bad scar. A procedure considered experimental as recently as five years ago is helping some people’s scars disappear. “I have a patient, for instance, who tells […]

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Bradley Beal and broccoli: New health campaign targets DC-area youth

WASHINGTON — Washingtonians who wander into Giant Food stores this year will see a familiar face — or three — in the produce section. Next to bins of apples, oranges and tomatoes are posters of Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne and Washington Capitals right winger T.J. Oshie — […]

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Medical marijuana dispensary is first of its kind in Southeast DC

WASHINGTON — Some VIPs are visiting a new medical marijuana dispensary in Southeast D.C., which they say is providing a new level of cannabis access to residents. The ceremonial opening of Anacostia Organics began with a prayer and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s blessing. “Sometimes we can laugh and giggle about marijuana, right? But it’s big […]

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’50 Bedbug Cities’ list: Find out where DC and Baltimore rank

Bedbugs can be difficult to get rid of — just ask Baltimore and Washington, D.C. (Getty Images/iStockphoto/smuay) WASHINGTON — For the third year in a row, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. have festered atop a pest control company’s “Top 50 Bedbug Cities” list. The list, compiled by Orkin, doesn’t count the number of the “normally nocturnal […]

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Scientists seek ways to finally take a real measure of pain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the pain stabbing or burning? On a scale from 1 to 10, is it a 6 or an 8? Over and over, 17-year-old Sarah Taylor struggled to make doctors understand her sometimes debilitating levels of pain, first from joint-damaging childhood arthritis and then from fibromyalgia. “It’s really hard when people can’t […]

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Heart attack risk rises in winter — especially over the holidays

WASHINGTON — Right now, we’re approaching the time of year with the highest risk for heart attacks. “There is a spike of heart deaths that occur on Christmas and on New Year’s Day; it’s really quite impressive,” Chief of Cardiology with MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, Dr. Allen Taylor said. “It’s about a doubling.” While […]

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DC docs, nurses fly to fix hearts — just in time for the holidays

WASHINGTON — First, it starts with a sore throat. A fever, a headache and swollen lymph nodes likely follow. And for most living in the U.S., a prescription for antibiotics isn’t far behind. But for patients living in low-income countries with limited access to care, it’s not uncommon for strep throat to go undiagnosed. And […]

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Incentives abound for DC blood donors before New Year’s

WASHINGTON — Two organizations that collect blood for use in the D.C. area are asking for donations now. That’s because car accidents, cancer treatments and emergency surgeries don’t stop for the holidays. But donors don’t make as much time to give in late December as they do during other parts of the year. Donate at […]

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Coalition of states to work to curb transportation emissions

BOSTON (AP) — A coalition of nine Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia have announced an agreement to work to impose regional limits on carbon emissions from transportation sources. The goal of the landmark agreement, announced Tuesday, is to create “a regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would cap and reduce carbon […]

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DC wants you to know where the closest AED is; it could save a life

WASHINGTON — On Election day 2018, a man casting his ballot in D.C. collapsed to the floor. People at the polling site at Barnard Elementary School rushed over to help, and using an AED and CPR, the man survived. In D.C., all schools and charter schools are required to have an AED — or Automated External […]

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Food safety violations at Nats Park and FedEx Field, ESPN report says

WASHINGTON — An ESPN investigation of food-safety inspections at professional baseball, football, basketball and hockey venues determined Nationals Park and FedEx Field ranked among those with the highest violation rates in the country. ESPN’s Outside the Lines analysis looked at local food safety inspection reports, from 2016-2017. The sports network determined that at about 28 percent […]

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First lady spreads anti-bullying message at DC kids’ hospital

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump spread her anti-bullying message on an annual Christmas season visit to a Washington children’s hospital on Thursday, reading a story about a Christmas ornament named Oliver who is bullied by other ornaments in a family’s collection. “Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year,” the first […]

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Here’s what the Children’s National DC research campus will look like

WASHINGTON — Children’s National Health System held a ceremonial groundbreaking this week to mark the start of construction on its new Research and Innovation campus on 12.8 acres at the former Walter Reed Medical Center campus in Northwest D.C. It will be the first pediatric outpatient center in Ward 4, on Georgia Avenue in Takoma, and will […]

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Fitness, reading pop-up stretches body and mind

WASHINGTON — Yogis in the D.C. area can bridge in a brewery, warrior in a winery — even down-dog in a field of goats. And now, they can stretch their bodies — and minds — at Well + Read, a yoga pop-up that doubles as a reading club. Well + Read is the brainchild of […]

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New DC center will treat pediatric cancer with protons

WASHINGTON — A new center is under construction at Sibley Memorial Hospital, but a quick glance behind the yellow tape is enough to leave visitors questioning their whereabouts. Towering steel structures and tracks of tubes and magnets — all of which take up as much space as a parking lot — look more like aeronautical […]

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DC native, U of Richmond student invents anti-binge drinking tumbler

WASHINGTON — D.C. native and current University of Richmond junior Olivia Pivirotto has invented a drinking tumbler that’s designed to control college student binge drinking and prevent their drinks from being unknowingly spiked with drugs. She has named the product the SWIGSAFE, and Olivia and her mother Brenda have formed a company, Thomas Point Enterprises […]

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DC puts maternal health in spotlight with mayor’s inaugural summit

WASHINGTON — On Sept. 12, the third floor of D.C.’s Washington Convention Center was packed with policy leaders, health care experts … and quite a few babies — all for Mayor Muriel Bowser’s first Maternal and Infant Health Summit. The open-to-the-public event convened mayors, physicians and nonprofit executives to examine trends in pregnancy-related health outcomes, […]

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New program amps up mental health efforts in DC’s schools

WASHINGTON — Deanne Johnson’s tiny office is a cheerful place. Toys are stacked on shelves, posters hang from the walls and books are on display throughout. But often, the children that come to Johnson’s office are far from cheerful. Some are victims of abuse or neglect. Others are just hungry. All range in age from […]

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DC’s Race for the Cure brings in almost $600,000 for cancer research

WASHINGTON — Saturday’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure featured pink-clad participants and brought people from across the nation together on Freedom Plaza to raise close to $600,000 for breast cancer research. And they’re off! @SusanGKomen @WTOP #RacefortheCure pic.twitter.com/F0flKYSLJc — Melissa Howell (@Mhowell003) September 8, 2018 Regina Mathis has been a volunteer with the Susan […]

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Saturday’s Race for the Cure brings runners, road closures to DC

WASHINGTON — Runners, walkers and supporters will flock to downtown D.C. for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday. The 5K event, which aims to spread awareness on breast cancer and raise funding for research, kicks off at Freedom Plaza. There is also a 1-mile route option. The race closes Pennsylvania […]

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