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Drop off unused pills for National Prescription Drug "Take-Back" Day

Saturday is National Prescription Drug "Take-Back" Day. Locations around the country will be accepting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Saturday - 04/26/2014, 11:39am EDT

Tags: Office of Personnel Management, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug addiction, prescription drugs, National Drug Take-Back Day, DEA

Technology to blame for nation's lack of sleep

Getting a good night's sleep is so important, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls "insufficient" sleep a public health epidemic. New technology may be part of the problem.

Thursday - 01/09/2014, 04:52pm EST

Tags: sleep, National Sleep Foundation, television, light bulbs, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Shutdown's lingering effects may make you sick

The partial shutdown of the federal government may be over, but the health effects are likely to linger.

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 05:15pm EDT

Tags: Paula Wolfson, flu season, flu shots, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Public Health Association

Montgomery Co. cancels Pooch Pool Party

No fun in the sun for Montgomery County's pooches. The Recreation Department is canceling its popular Pooch Pool Party due to the spread of dog influenza.

Friday - 08/30/2013, 09:14pm EDT

Tags: Montgomery County, Canine influenza, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pets, wheaton

CDC: High price of excessive drinking costs D.C.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says excessive drinking is costing the nation billions. And the highest tab per person is in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday - 08/13/2013, 07:04pm EDT

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drinking, excessive drinking, Paula Wolfson, binge drinking

Hand washing: It's all in the technique

Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important things you can do to to combat the spread of disease. Some people use alcohol-based hand sanitizers; others swear by old-fashioned soap and water.

Thursday - 05/09/2013, 05:11pm EDT

Tags: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, soap, hand sanitizer, hand washing

Coronary calcium scan finds early signs of heart disease

A simple test can detect early signs of heart disease, but insurance does not not cover it. The chief of cardiology at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital calls it "a mammogram for the heart."

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 04:58am EST

Tags: heart disease, health insurance, coronary calcium scan, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Paula Wolfson

Even the young can fall victim to strokes

Most people think strokes are only a health problem among senior citizens, but they can also strike the young. It happened to WTOP reporter Jamie Forzato, who suffered a stroke on the eve of her 19th birthday.

Wednesday - 01/23/2013, 07:26am EST

Tags: stoke, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Washington Adventist Hospital Hospital, Jamie Forzato, Paula Wolfson

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Flu season off to a bad start for nation, Virginia

An early start to the flu season and a strain that has caused more severe cases in past years is setting the region up for a nasty flu season.

Wednesday - 01/02/2013, 05:53pm EST

Tags: flu season, flu vaccine, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Randi Martin

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