Parenting a child under 12 in the age of delta: ‘It’s like a fire alarm every day’
Parenting a child under 12 can be maddening and scary during normal times, but the delta variant — and an increase in pediatric covid cases — has taken things to a new level. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Special enrollment for ACA health plans attracts nearly 3 million consumers
Biden says record enrollment total reinforces his goal of building on the health-care law. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

FDA review remains neutral on boosters ahead of critical Friday vote even as Pfizer pushes additional shots
A highly-anticipated Food and Drug Administration review of evidence on whether a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine is widely necessary struck a noncommittal tone Wednesday. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

At the besieged FDA, ‘it never stops!’ as decisions loom on boosters, pediatric shots and more
Internal conflicts over whether — and when — to approve boosters are part of a tumultuous season with few parallels for the federal agency. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

The pandemic marks another grim milestone: 1 in 500 Americans have died of covid-19
The burden of death in the prime of life has been disproportionately borne by Black, Latino, and American Indian and Alaska Native people. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Keating Source Type: news

Biden administration moves to stave off shortages of monoclonal antibodies
Soaring demand in the past two months, especially in the South, will probably lead to supply cutbacks in some places. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Three Democrats say they’ll oppose party’s drug-price plan, creating roadblock for larger package
Lawmakers' opposition creates a new challenge for Democrats' $3.5 trillion tax and spending package. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Trump advisers privately warned of ‘critical mistakes’ as pandemic loomed
"From now on, the government must be honest," one adviser urged in February 2020, even as then-President Donald Trump insisted the virus was contained. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Your coronavirus questions, answered: Are there blood tests for antibodies?
Yes, there are. But they probably won’t tell you the whole story. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

White House lays out new global targets in coronavirus pandemic fight
The president will ask global leaders to commit to fully vaccinating 70 percent of the world’s population against coronavirus by next September. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Four smart ways to keep your brain in tiptop shape
Want to improve your memory and thinking powers? Then focus on your health and medicines, exercise, the right foods, and enjoyable pastimes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hallie Levine Source Type: news

College students reported record-high marijuana use and record-low drinking in 2020, study says
Researchers tell The Washington Post that the coronavirus pandemic could be affecting the ways young adults are coping with stress — methods they call worrisome. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: María Luisa Paúl Source Type: news

Delta variant stress tests back-to-school plans
A Washington Post survey of the 20 largest school districts found that few are offering robust coronavirus testing amid vague guidelines and a surge of cases that few anticipated. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

County mandates security at vaccine clinics after reports of fireworks attack and slashed signs
The harassment has grown more frequent and more threatening, said Jefferson County Public Health Executive Director Dawn Comstock. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Alabama man dies after being turned away from 43 hospitals as covid packs ICUs, family says
The family of Ray DeMonia, 73, is urging people to get vaccinated after dozens of hospitals in three states were too overrun with covid-19 patients to treat him. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Timothy Bella Source Type: news

A hospital says it won’t deliver babies after staffers resigned over coronavirus vaccine mandate
At least six unvaccinated maternity staffers at Lewis County General Hospital in New York have resigned in recent days and seven others remain undecided on whether to get vaccinated. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Timothy Bella Source Type: news

A hospital will no longer deliver babies after staffers resign over coronavirus vaccine mandate
At least six unvaccinated maternity staffers at Lewis County General Hospital in New York have resigned in recent days and seven others remain undecided on whether to get vaccinated. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Timothy Bella Source Type: news

Why poison ivy can make your skin so itchy
Be on the lookout for the plant’s three leaves on a reddish stem. When you’re in the great outdoors, be careful what you touch. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Arthur Samia Source Type: news

The Big Number: 7,000 daily steps could help you reach a longer life, study says
The research involved 2,110 middle-aged adults who wore a step-counting device and then were tracked for nearly 11 years. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Words describing mental health can stigmatize. That’s painful and dehumanizing.
People aren’t their illness. Don’t call someone “a schizophrenic,” for example, experts say. Instead say, “a person with schizophrenia.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Does the supplement Prevagen improve memory? A court case is asking that question.
After a long delay, the lawsuit by the FTC and N.Y. against the makers of the over-the-counter supplement is moving forward again. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Martha M. Hamilton Source Type: news

Wildfire smoke ruins taste of some wines
Grapes exposed to smoke absorb chemicals that can alter — and sometimes taint — the taste and smell of resultant wines. Researchers are trying to figure how to solve this issue. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jyoti Madhusoodana Source Type: news

How virtual reality therapy can help make bad memories more manageable
For war veterans and others, the method may treat schizophrenia, dementia, PTSD, substance addiction and some phobias, psychiatrists say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kenneth Rosen Source Type: news

Research examines whether genetic traits are the cause of periodontitis
The answer: The makeup of a person’s mouth bacteria is more likely to predispose someone to gum disease than their DNA. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

How at-home coronavirus testing is becoming part of Biden’s plan for managing the pandemic
Instead of waiting days for results from slower but more accurate PCR tests, more Americans could test themselves before returning to school, going to weddings or attending conferences, and get a reading in minutes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

Billions of dollars in pandemic aid for hospitals and nursing homes is being handed out
The money is the first since the pandemic’s early months to help health-care providers cope with extra expenses and lost revenue. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Unvaccinated people were 11 times more likely to die of covid-19, CDC report finds
The Moderna shot is the most effective, says another study, the largest to date in the United States to assess the real-world effectiveness of the vaccines. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Covid-19 clusters tied to sports teams spike in North Carolina as school year begins
The uptick in sports-related cases isn't surprising, experts say. The games can go on if safety measures are followed, they add. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Caroline Anders Source Type: news

FDA delays decision on whether Juul e-cigarettes will be banned
The agency barred sales of many other flavored vaping products but said it is still reviewing companies with the biggest market share. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Stillbirths have doubled during covid in Mississippi. Officials are sounding the alarm.
The state has recorded 72 fetal deaths in unvaccinated pregnant women infected with the coronavirus, according to health officials. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brittany Shammas Source Type: news

People who got Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus shot feel left behind in push for boosters
Many of the 14 million Americans who got the single-dose vaccine worry about when they will become eligible for an additional shot. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

13 Miami-area school staffers have died of covid-19 this school year
Abe Coleman — a beloved, dedicated staffer — would do anything for the students he mentored, a congresswoman said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kim Bellware Source Type: news

As experts debate boosters, vaccinated people are calling their own shots
Third shot after eight months? Six? Five? “It shouldn’t be this confusing,” a doctor says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Florida doctor says she won’t treat unvaccinated patients in person
“We will no longer subject our patients and staff to unnecessary risk,” Linda Marraccini, a South Miami primary care doctor specializing in family medicine, wrote to her patients. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Timothy Bella Source Type: news

Your coronavirus questions, answered: Side effects with booster shots
The reactions from the boosters should be somewhat similar to the second dose of the messenger RNA vaccines, experts suggest. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Is your heart skipping beats? If it’s happening a lot, it could be AFib.
An erratic heart rhythm needs to be checked out by a doctor because atrial fibrillation can lead to such complications as stroke and heart failure. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laura Entis Source Type: news

The Big Number: Every 46 minutes, a child goes to an ER after furniture falls on them
In the study’s 30-year span, 560,203 youths 18 and younger got treatment for such injuries. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Twenty years ago, a cancer reprieve for my husband on one of the country’s most terrible days
It’s hard to fathom that the worst day for the country — the terrorist assault on 9/11 — was one of the happiest for our family. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jenny Apostol Source Type: news

Adults need to take seriously vaccines for other diseases besides covid-19 and flu
Thousands of them get sick annually from illnesses — such as pertussis, shingles, human papillomavirus and pneumonia — that could have been prevented by vaccination. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

In Florida, a summer of death and resistance as the coronavirus rampaged
Residents and leaders are surveying the damage left from more than 7,000 deaths since July Fourth and communities scarred by feuds over masks and vaccines. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Saundra Amrhein Source Type: news

About 7,000 California preterm births linked to wildfire smoke risks, study says
Exposure during the first trimester didn’t increase risk, but the second trimester was associated with the most wildfire-related preterm births, according to the research. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Telemedicine — a boon for many in the pandemic — threatened with cutbacks
Emergency orders that mandated coverage of telehealth visits are expiring. Patients and doctors say that’s a problem. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Trisha Pasricha Source Type: news

Eating disorders are exploding, hurting adolescents who have trouble finding care
A medical student rotating in the psychiatric ER witnesses the consequences — self-injurious behaviors and increasing suicidal ideation. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lala Tanmoy Das Source Type: news

As pediatrician and parent, I’m troubled we still can’t immunize kids under 12 against covid
We need to drastically speed up the research on an effective coronavirus vaccine for this age group. I’m queasy about what this fall and beyond will bring. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rahul Parikh Source Type: news

Top federal health officials warn that booster shots initially may be limited to Pfizer recipients
The acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told a top White House official their agencies may not be able to approve a more expansive booster plan. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tyler Pager Source Type: news

U.S. covid death toll hits 1,500 a day amid delta scourge
“A perfect storm of viral changes and behavioral changes” is driving pandemic’s fourth wave in the United States. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

House committees step up investigation into FDA approval of controversial Alzheimer’s drug
The agency’s accelerated approval of the medication was welcomed by some advocates and doctors as a step forward in treating the devastating disease but strongly criticized by many experts who say the medication hasn’t been shown to be effective. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

FDA to meet with outside advisers on coronavirus booster shots Sept. 17. That’s just days before the shots are expected to become available.
The session, which will be public, could add clarity and transparency to a decision-making process that some people have criticized as confusing. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

A church camp didn’t require vaccinations or masks. It’s now linked to 180 coronavirus cases, CDC says.
The church camp outbreak fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant occurred at the Crossing Camp in Rushville, Ill., which did not urge teens to be vaccinated or masked. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Timothy Bella Source Type: news

Tens of billions of dollars in pandemic aid for hospitals and nursing homes not distributed
The Biden administration has not handed out additional provider-relief money designated by Congress last year. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news