Criticized by science community and Trump, Deborah Birx said she ‘always’ considered quitting
“I mean, why would you want to put yourself through that every day?” Birx said in a clip of her conversation with Margaret Brennan on CBS News’ “Face The Nation." (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meryl Kornfield Source Type: news

Biden sticks to vaccine goals nearly met by his predecessor
The accelerating pace of inoculations suggests that he inherited a program poised to meet his target of 100 million doses in 100 days. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

CDC says 2nd coronavirus vaccine shot may be scheduled up to 6 weeks later
The updated guidance comes as the United States and other countries seek to ramp up vaccination efforts as health officials warn of broader circulation of more transmissible variants of the coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

FDA approves breakthrough injectable HIV medication
Taken every four weeks, the drug combination could free some people from a daily pill regimen. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

FEMA would operate up to 100 federally run mass vaccination sites under Biden plan
A draft FEMA document envisions four different models for sites, with the largest capable of handling 6,000 doses a day. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

Biden says death toll from pandemic likely will top 500,000 next month, says it will take months ‘for us to turn things around’
President Biden, who laid out his plan to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, offered a sober assessment about the crisis. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

‘Pixie dust’: Why some vaccine sits on shelves while shortages intensify nationwide
Confusion over nursing home set-asides, uncertainty about the status of second doses and reluctance to order vaccine that might go unused mean some doses remain in warehouses. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

Biden issuing pandemic plan that aims to expand access to testing and vaccines, reopen schools
Aspects of the plan are intended to steer more money to states and make travel safe. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Biden is ‘inheriting a disaster’ as coronavirus continues to grip nation amid chaotic vaccine rollout
Trends may improve in coming months but coronavirus mutations are wild cards, experts say (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Biden to sign day one executive order to shift coronavirus-fighting strategy
New president plans to require masks to be worn in federal buildings and by federal employees and contractors. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Most Americans say the coronavirus pandemic is not controlled, Post-ABC poll finds
The survey also shows that more than 6 in 10 Americans say they would probably get the vaccine. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Most Americans say the coronavirus pandemic is out of control, Post-ABC poll finds
The survey also shows that more than 6 in 10 Americans say they would probably get the vaccine. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Biden selects transgender doctor Rachel Levine as assistant health secretary
“She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts,” Joe Biden said of Rachel Levine. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Samantha Schmidt Source Type: news

Climate change blamed for a third of U.S. flood losses in past 3 decades
Flooding is the most common weather-related disaster threat in the United States. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Another coronavirus variant linked to growing share of cases, several large outbreaks, in California
Health officials stress they haven’t determined if the variant might be more contagious or resistant to vaccines (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fenit Nirappil Source Type: news

After months of trauma, vaccinated health-care workers welcome a surprising emotion: hope
For some frontline workers who have been vaccinated after toiling for nearly a year under exhausting, dangerous and sometimes terrifying conditions, the shot brought an enduring sense of relief. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karin Brulliard Source Type: news

If you smoke, quitting before age 40 could dramatically lessen your chances of an early heart-related death
In long-term study, researchers found that smokers were three times more likely than nonsmokers to die of heart disease or stroke. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Five things worth knowing about empathy
It is a skill that can be learned and enhanced. But it has its limits, and it can even promote conflict. Here’s what some experts say about how it works. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

Tipsters, tech-savvy kids, pharmacy hopping: How Americans are landing coronavirus vaccines
People are spending hours refreshing websites and creating tiny intelligence networks to try to get vaccinated. ‘It feels like I’m trying to get a Beyoncé ticket,' one woman said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fenit Nirappil Source Type: news

Stress caused by today’s crises can actually damage your health. A doctor has some suggestions
Most of us need more than one way to discharge adrenaline and turn off the cortisol spigot, an internist says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lucy McBride Source Type: news

Pandemic stokes rising worries about violence and fuels gun ownership, new study finds
Researchers surveyed more than 3,000 people in California about racism, fear, disorder and firearms. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Vaccine reserve was exhausted when Trump administration vowed to release it, dashing hopes of expanded access
States were anticipating a windfall after federal officials said they would stop holding back second doses. But the policy had already changed, and no stockpile exists. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

Vaccine reserve was already exhausted when Trump administration vowed to release it, dashing hopes of expanded access
States were anticipating a windfall after federal officials said they would stop holding back second doses. But the policy had already changed, and no stockpile exists. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant to become dominant in U.S.
Agency data predicts U.K. variant will spread rapidly, intensifying urgency of vaccinations (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Biden chooses former FDA commissioner Kessler as chief science adviser to federal vaccine effort
The appointment of David Kessler comes as Biden has begun spelling out plans to speed up the Trump administration’s sluggish effort on vaccinations. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Experts warn of vaccine stumbles ‘out of the gate’ because Trump officials refused to consult with Biden team
Even as covid-19 cases continue to overwhelm hospitals, the Trump administration has balked at close communication with its successor. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Companies scramble to expand coronavirus vaccine supply
Pfizer and Moderna have been working to increase production and reporting success, but supply will fall short of global demand. Other vaccine companies are lagging on manufacturing. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Biden to ask for $400 billion to bolster fight against covid-19
The funding would create a national vaccination program, expand testing, hire public health workers and help detect new virus strains. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Coronavirus cases among lawmakers who sheltered in lockdown show one vaccine dose may not immediately protect against infection
Coronavirus vaccines take more than a week to protect against infection, experts said (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

Mortality rate for Black babies is cut dramatically when Black doctors care for them after birth, researchers say
Citing systemic racism, they say more work needs to be done to understand what they found. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tonya Russell Source Type: news

Three reasons a negative coronavirus test doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not infected
Many people are getting tested for the coronavirus before they visit family and friends, but a negative result doesn't guarantee that you're not infected. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

Biden team sees risks in Trump decision to widen vaccine pool
Immediately including anyone under 65 with a high-risk condition will increase strain on states and create unrealistic expectations, say advisers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Trump administration reverses stance, will no longer hold back second shots of coronavirus vaccine
The change comes several days after President-elect Joe Biden said he planned to release nearly all available doses to speed protection for Americans. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Coronavirus shutdowns have quashed nearly all other common viruses. But scientists say a rebound is coming.
‘I never would have expected to see flu activity this low,' says CDC official. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Hurley Source Type: news

Disinfecting during pandemic puts asthmatics at risk
The study does not prove that increased frequency of disinfecting caused uncontrolled asthma. Still, the authors say, people with asthma need safer cleaning options. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC: No sign of homegrown U.S. coronavirus variant, but scientists need to look harder
As the virus mutates, surveillance remains spotty. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Vaccines were a chance to redeem failures in the U.S. coronavirus response. What went wrong?
A delayed and disjointed rollout was fueled by political schisms and a decentralized health system. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Diabetes raises by 21 percent the chances of developing cardiovascular disease, research says
The danger occurs even if key heart disease risk factors are well-controlled, according to the report. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

During my recent birthday, I had to go to the hospital. The medical staff and technicians made it kind of nice.
I had enjoyed my days there because of the human interaction, as well as the professionalism and kindness of the nurses and others. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Martha M. Hamilton Source Type: news

Mortality rate for Black babies is cut dramatically when they’re delivered by Black doctors, researchers say
Citing systemic racism, they say more work needs to be done to understand the tantalizing statistics in their paper. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tonya Russell Source Type: news

Beyond covid-19, rural areas face growing threat from chronic heart and lung diseases
The rising toll of these ailments reveal a failure of social and economic policy, making it difficult for many to access quality health care, doctors say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Haider Warraich Source Type: news

How mourning can affect us mentally and even physically — including blood pressure and the immune system
Fusing science and the humanities, author’s book provides an introspective and a poetic look at grief. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Biden plans to release nearly all available vaccine doses to speed inoculations
The strategy departs from the Trump administration plan to hold back doses to ensure supply for second shots. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

UK approves anti-inflammatory drugs to treat sickest covid-19 patients after strong results in clinical trial
Two rheumatoid arthritis drugs that suppress the immune system may help critically ill patients survive covid-19 (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Biden urges the distribution of nearly all available coronavirus vaccine
Biden favors releasing nearly all available coronavirus vaccines right away, rather than holding back doses to ensure enough for people to get the required second shots. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Storming of Capitol was textbook potential coronavirus superspreader, experts say
On one of the pandemic's deadliest days, thousands of Trump supporters packed together with few face coverings — shouting, jostling and forcing their way indoors, many converging from out of town at the president’s urging. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paulina Villegas Source Type: news

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine protects against key mutation found in fast-spreading virus variants, study shows
Scientists are racing to better understand whether the new variants could elude vaccines. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

U.S. records its deadliest day of the pandemic while eyes are fixed on mob storming Capitol
A record 3,915 people died of covid-19 in the United States on Wednesday, the third-highest day for reported coronavirus infections. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paulina Firozi Source Type: news

U.S. sets covid-19 death record as researchers point to asymptomatic cases as a major source of infections
As disease specialists had forecast for months, the coronavirus is spreading with speed and ferocity in the new year, with Thursday’s single-day record for deaths underscoring the threat. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brittany Shammas Source Type: news

Post-infection coronavirus immunity usually robust after 8 months, study shows
Research sees prolonged, multipronged immune system response in 90 percent of people (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news