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Now a 'Pollen Vortex'? Wild Weather May Mean Allergy Nightmare

If the constant cold weren’t enough, a brutal winter has many speculating that the polar vortex will be replaced by a “pollen vortex,” leaving allergy sufferers sniffling and miserable.Alesia Kotek is ready for the worst.

Achoo! 7 Ways to Fight Spring Allergies

Your nose is swollen and congested, your eyes itch and you feel exhausted: if you’ve had symptoms like these for more than seven days, chances are it’s not a cold virus -- it’s allergies.You can thank the pollen vortex.

'This Thing Is Working,' Obama Touts ACA

President Obama talks about the Affordable Care Act while speaking at the White House.

Uta's marathon training tip of the day: Focus on carbs, eat small amounts throughout day

Uta Pippig is a marathon legend, the first woman to win three consecutive Boston marathons. As TODAY'sNatalie Morales prepares to attempt her sixth marathon, and first run in Boston, on April 21, Pippig will be sharing her daily training tips with TODAY.com.

Dog's Death Causes Woman to Go to Hospital

A Arizona woman so distraught over the loss of her dog had to be hospitalized for Broken Heart Syndrome. Rebecca Taylor reports.

Would Your Kitchen Pass a Health Inspection?

These six common mistakes in your kitchen at home would be considered major health violations in a restaurant.

Little Improvement in Food Poisoning, CDC Says

The nation’s food poisoning problem hasn’t gotten better since 2006, a disappointing trend for health experts who had hoped to budge the more than 19,000 cases, 4,200 hospitalizations and 80 deaths reported in the U.S. each year.

FDA Warns of Cancer Risk in Fibroid Procedure

The Food and Drug Administration is warning women that a device-assisted procedure for treating growths in the uterus could inadvertently spread cancer to other parts of the body.

Ebola Virus in West Africa Is New Strain, Scientists Say

The Ebola virus that has killed scores of people in Guinea this year is a new strain — evidence that the disease did not spread there from outbreaks in some other African nations, scientists report.

Group Makes Stem Cells Using Clone Technique

Researchers say they have made powerful stem cells from both young and old adults using cloning techniques, and also found clues about why it is so difficult to do this with human beings.

Obamacare Helped Up to 10 Million Get Insurance, Gallup Finds

Obamacare has helped as many as 9.9 million people to get new health insurance, and more than 4 percent of all Americans have gotten health insurance for the first time, according to a new Gallup poll.

Many Herbal Remedies Are Unproven, but Americans Still Love Them

Many supplements don't do anything beneficial, but Americans still love their St. John's wort.

Heart Attacks and Strokes Linked to Diabetes Are Declining

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes among diabetics fell by more than 60 percent, a new federal study shows.

Misdiagnosed: Docs' Mistakes Affect 12 Million a Year

At least one in every 20 adults who seeks medical care in a U.S. emergency room or community health clinic may walk away with the wrong diagnosis, according to a new analysis that estimates that 12 million Americans a year could be affected by such errors.

Home Videos Could Help Diagnose Autism, Study Suggests

Getting an autism diagnosis can be difficult, but simple home videos could help, resulting in earlier treatment, new research suggests.

Teen Makes Genetic Discovery of Her Own Rare Cancer

As a child, Elana Simon suffered for years from crippling stomach pain. Yet despite trips to multiple specialists, her pain remained a mystery."Nothing seemed to be explaining why I was having these problems," Elana told NBC News' Ann Curry.

Moms Rally Behind Woman Accused of Leaving Kids in Car

Shanesha Taylor allegedly left her two children in a hot car for a job interview. More than $100,000 in support for her is pouring in.

Many herbal remedies are unproven, but Americans still love them

Despite a lack of evidence many such products do anything beneficial, Americans love their St. John’s wort, their glucosamine, their black cohosh.

Oh Baby: Scientists Find Protein That Lets Egg and Sperm Hook Up

You can forget about the birds and the bees. If you really want to learn how babies are made, you need to know about Juno and Izumo.Fertilization takes place when an egg cell and a sperm cell recognize one another and fuse to form an embryo.

Doctors' Free Samples Have a Hidden Cost

Most people appreciate a free sample. But at the dermatologist’s office, that freebie might come with a hidden cost. A new study finds that giving out samples may actually change which drugs a doctor prescribes.

Uta's marathon training tip of the day: Prevent heartbreak, plan for the Boston hills

Uta Pippig is a marathon legend, the first woman to win three consecutive Boston marathons. As TODAY'sNatalie Morales prepares to attempt her sixth marathon, and first run in Boston, on April 21, Pippig will be sharing her daily training tips with TODAY.com.

Start on the right foot: Everything you need to get into running

It may seem intimidating, even impossible, but making running your workout routine is within your reach. Armed with these tips — and a good pair of running shoes -- you can work up to running from a minute to a mile, no problem.

Fake Child Abduction Outrages Parents

Police in Sequim, Wash., are investigating a fake child abduction that terrified people at a playground s drawing outrage from parents.

Joe's Crab Shack uses 'lots' of trans fats, despite claim, health group says

Joe’s Crab Shack advertises that it uses "zero trans fat oil,” but the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) said Wednesday that not only does the national seafood chain, which includes 130 restaurants, still use the artery-clogging fats, but in alarming amounts.“It’s simply dishonest.

Joe's Crab Shack Still Uses 'Lots' of Trans Fats: Health Group

Joe’s Crab Shack advertises that it uses "zero trans fat oil,” but a health advocacy group said Wednesday the seafood chain still uses the artery-clogging fats in alarming amounts.

New Clue Found: Why Bats Spread Viruses but Don't Get Sick

If you remember the scary start to the 2011 movie “Contagion,” you’ll recall that a bat is to blame for the outbreak of a deadly airborne virus that mows down Gywenth Paltrow and a cast of dozens.

Obamacare Helped Nearly 10 Million Get Insurance, Gallup Finds

Obamacare has helped nearly 10 million people to get new health insurance, and more than 4 percent of all Americans have gotten health insurance for the first time, according to a new Gallup poll.

Medical Milestone: No Longer Conjoined, Twins Begin Journey Home

In a major milestone, formerly conjoined twins are finally starting the journey home with their parents, Jenni and Dave Ezell.

Seafood Chain Still Uses 'Lots' of Trans Fats: Health Group

Joe’s Crab Shack advertises that it uses "zero trans fat oil,” but a health advocacy group said Wednesday the seafood chain still uses the artery-clogging fats in alarming amounts.

Most Supplements Don't Work, But Americans Still Love Them

Many supplements don't do anything beneficial, but Americans still love their St. John's wort.


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