Thousands die in drownings each year. But states might soon get federal funds for prevention programs.
Drowning death rates have dropped in the past decade, federal health officials say. But for children, such fatalities are the second leading cause of death after birth defects. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christine Vestal Source Type: news

Welfare rolls decline during the pandemic despite economic upheaval
Poor families’ ability to get and keep cash assistance through Temporary Assistance for Needy Families depends on the state where they live. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

A horseshoe crab’s blood is vital in testing drugs. Critics say using it endangers the ancient creature.
Conservationists say a man-made version is just as effective. But others, including an independent scientific board, dispute that finding. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Caren Chesler Source Type: news

Don’t get hot and bothered by sweat. It’s a healthy way of cooling down your body.
Experts say our ability to sweat has allowed us to thrive in hot climates, and to be able to be physically active during daytime hours. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jill U. Adams Source Type: news

Sky Watch: August brings the annual peak of the Perseid meteor shower
The peak could reach 90 to 100 shooting stars an hour, though you won’t see that many. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Blaine P. Friedlander Jr. Source Type: news

The Big Number: Report projects 2,487 more breast cancer deaths in next decade due to pandemic
Diagnostic mammograms, screenings and treatments for the disease were disrupted or delayed during the coronavirus outbreak, researchers say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

The sleep gap: If you’re wealthy, you probably get plenty. If you’re poor or a minority, you may not, research finds
Sleep deficits are robbing poor people and racial minorities of health and earning power. What can be done? (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

Eating too many eggs can still be risky, but most people don’t have to give them up entirely, experts say
Nutritionists have shifted their focus on dealing more with low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol. You still need to be cautious with eggs, which have dietary cholesterol. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

When will the summer coronavirus surge peak? It will get worse before it gets better, experts predict.
America faces a choice, experts argue -- take more precautions and get vaccinated, or allow the summer surge to accelerate. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

My depression was consuming me. My doctor’s prescription? Shock therapy. It worked.
Electroconvulsive therapy is a treatment where — under anesthesia — electric currents are passed through the brain to trigger a seizure. It’s different from what you’ve heard. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Danielle Huggins Source Type: news

Vaccinated people are ready for normalcy — and angry at the unvaccinated getting in their way
The unwelcome resurgence of the coronavirus has prompted impatience, frustration and even rage from Americans who have gotten their shots toward those whose resistance won’t budge. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

Study paints stark picture of how some get mired in collections because they can’t pay medical bills
Researchers say that medical debt, like poverty, housing status or race, should also be considered a social determinant of health. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

FDA vows ‘all hands on deck’ effort to get Pfizer coronavirus vaccine full approval as quickly as possible
Some agency officials have suggested it could be a matter of weeks, not months, when a coronavirus vaccine receives full approval. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

CDC study shows three-fourths of people infected in Massachusetts coronavirus outbreak were vaccinated but few required hospitalization
The report offers key evidence bolstering the hypothesis that vaccinated people can spread the more transmissible variant. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

‘A rush to get shots’
Vaccine holdouts in covid hotspots roll up their sleeves as delta variant takes hold. Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and other states report double-digit growth in vaccinations in the last two weeks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

‘The war has changed’: Internal CDC document urges new messaging, warns delta infections likely more severe
The document captures the struggle of the nation’s top public health agency to persuade the public to embrace vaccination and prevention measures, including mask-wearing, as cases surge across the United States and new research suggests vaccinated people can spread the virus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Biden urges state, local governments to give $100 to newly vaccinated
With the extra-contagious delta variant spurring some renewed restrictions, governments are under new pressure to get shots into reluctant arms. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Covid-19 latest updates: Biden urges state, local governments to give $100 to newly vaccinated
With the extra-contagious delta variant spurring some renewed restrictions, governments are under new pressure to get shots into reluctant arms. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Covid-19 latest updates: More metropolitan areas order indoor masking as delta variant spreads
Residents are being told to mask up indoors regardless of their vaccination status. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

Tucker Carlson falsely claims Anthony S. Fauci ‘created’ covid
The Fox News host's baseless comments come amid a period of rising cases from the delta variant and low vaccinate rates. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Timothy Bella Source Type: news

California Gov. Newsom pulls his kids out of summer camp violating mask requirements
Everyone in youth settings, regardless of their vaccination status, is required to wear masks, because children under 12 are not eligible for authorized vaccines, according to the Newsom administration. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meryl Kornfield Source Type: news

Covid-19 latest updates: Rich countries with low vaccination rates take a second look at Oxford-AstraZeneca shot
Australia and Japan, which had generally preferred using messenger RNA vaccines, could soon be set to make larger use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bryan Pietsch Source Type: news

Judge offers an alternative to community service sentences: covid-19 vaccination
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Max Hauptman Source Type: news

CDC reversal on indoor masking prompts experts to ask, ‘Where’s the data?’
As the delta variant surges, the significance of breakthrough infections remains unclear. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Pfizer data shows vaccine protection remains robust six months after vaccination even as the company argues that boosters will be needed
While company data showed a slight drop in efficacy against any symptomatic cases of covid-19, from 96 percent protection in the first two months following vaccination to 84 percent after four months, the vaccine was 97 percent effective against severe disease. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

New CDC mask guidance confuses and frustrates some Americans as delta variant surges
Across the country, people said they felt whiplashed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that even vaccinated people should resume wearing face coverings indoors under specific circumstances. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

How to stay safe as coronavirus cases from the delta variant are on the rise
Why the CDC recommends that even vaccinated people wear masks in indoor public spaces in some places. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kim Bellware Source Type: news

Another coronavirus variant has reached Florida. Here’s what you need to know.
A variant discovered in Colombia is now showing up in South Florida hospitals. Time and vaccination efforts will determine how quickly it could spread, experts say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news

Coronavirus updates: U.S. adjusts to new mask guidance as delta variant threatens pandemic progress
The evolving recommendations around face coverings served as a dismal acknowledgment that infections in the United States have quadrupled in July, even as highly effective vaccines are widely available. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

Mask mandates are coming back, including in Vegas. Tourists aren’t happy.
Nevada reinstalled a statewide mask mandate within hours of a CDC announcement that even vaccinated people should wear masks indoors in public in high-transmission communities. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bryan Pietsch Source Type: news

CDC urges vaccinated people in covid hot spots to resume wearing masks indoors
The recommendation will change guidance by the agency in May saying that vaccinated individuals did not have to wear masks indoors or out because of protection afforded by vaccines. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

‘A tipping point’: Government officials, health groups move to require coronavirus vaccines for workers
New vaccine mandates are being rolled out at VA and the Mayo Clinic, and in California, New York City and elsewhere. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

FDA asks Pfizer, Moderna to test their vaccines in more children to help rule out safety issues
The changes to ongoing trials run by Moderna and Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech could delay the availability of the vaccine to children between the ages of 5 and 11 beyond the hoped-for timeline of early fall, although it is unclear by how much. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Veterans Affairs makes covid-19 vaccines mandatory for most health workers, making it first federal agency to do so
The statement — signed by 57 medical and health groups, representing millions of workers — represents an increasingly tough stance amid the sluggish pace of national vaccinations. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Worried about falling? Here are 5 tips to avoid dangerous tumbles, other injuries.
Some of the ways include strength training, improving your balance and removing hazards at your home. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Janet Lee Source Type: news

Democrats broaden probe of Trump-era meddling at CDC
House investigators are seeking interviews with former CDC professional staff, including Anne Schuchat and Nancy Messonnier. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

The Big Number: 1.5 million children worldwide have lost a parent or primary caregiver due to covid-19
In the United States, more than 114,000 youths have lost their primary caregiver because of the disease, according to a report. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

An Alabama mother who lost her son to covid says not getting the vaccine is her biggest regret
Initially skeptical about the need for covid-19 vaccines, the Carpenter family now would like their son and brother's death to not be in vain. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: María Luisa Paúl Source Type: news

Covid has brought death and grief. But grief can keep lost loved ones alive in our hearts.
I’ve allowed myself to feel the pain of loss and I’ve come to learn that bereavement isn’t something to fear. If anything, it’s to be embraced. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Suffering with hiccups that never seem to go away
Often, the involuntary contractions are a temporary annoyance. But some people can get them for days at a time, disrupting their lives and causing misery. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

How to talk to vaccine-hesitant friends and family about getting the shot
The vaccines are proven safe and are more widely available than ever, but many Americans are struggling to convince vaccine-hesitant loved ones of the importance of getting the shots. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

Financial hardships, income inequality affect how many words kids hear from parents, study says
Research suggests that reducing income inequality could boost for children the chances at success in the future. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

‘Patience has worn thin’: Frustration mounts over vaccine holdouts
Millions continue to refuse coronavirus shots as the delta variant drives new outbreaks (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Tennessee resumes most vaccine outreach to minors paused after GOP backlash
Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said the state would restart its outreach recommending vaccinations for children and teens, including offering them at events on school property, as early as next week. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Timothy Bella Source Type: news

CDC exploring options to get additional coronavirus doses for the immunocompromised
Emerging data suggests that giving more shots to those with fragile immune systems may enhance their bodies’ disease-fighting response. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

CDC warns this is ‘pivotal moment’ in fight against delta variant
"It is one of the most infectious respiratory viruses ... I have seen in my 20-year career," the CDC chief said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

CDC advisers to discuss additional coronavirus doses for vulnerable patients
Federal panel also will hear data on serious but rare autoimmune disorder linked to Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

New Jersey hospital system fires 6 workers who failed to get vaccinated against coronavirus
Six senior health-care workers were fired by a New Jersey hospital system after they failed to comply with an order to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of June. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Pannett Source Type: news

Nation’s largest hospital group supports mandatory coronavirus vaccines for health workers
Universal vaccination of health workers would "protect all patients," American Hospital Association says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Drug distributors, Johnson & Johnson reach $26 billion deal to resolve opioid lawsuits
The agreement announced Wednesday by a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general could set aside money for communities as soon as the end of September. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meryl Kornfield Source Type: news