What you should do if you’ve received the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine
Six women who had the vaccine suffered from cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, a rare form of stroke. Here’s what to know about symptoms of blood clots if you received the vaccine. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

FDA, CDC call for pause in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after ‘extremely rare’ cases of blood clots
The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday they are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

A year into the pandemic, it’s even more clear that it’s safer to be outside
Many scientists and public health experts say that the outdoor spaces warming under spring sun should be viewed as havens in the battle against coronavirus and restriction-induced fatigue. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karin Brulliard Source Type: news

Cleaning with regular soap and water is often good enough to fight covid-19
This will remove most virus particles, according to the CDC. Disinfecting sprays and wipes are needed only when someone who has covid-19 has recently been in the home. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Biden picks former New Jersey attorney general to lead DEA
Anne Milgram, critic of criminal-justice system, would shape drug enforcement amid a worsening opioid crisis, if she is confirmed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

How to safely get an eye exam and buy glasses during the pandemic
You may have put off such checkups because of covid-19, but many eye-care practitioners across the country are taking precautions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Konkel Source Type: news

The Big Number: 14.1 million Americans 50 and older suffer osteoporosis
Many more women than men in this age group (20 percent vs. 4 percent) have the bone-thinning disorder, a CDC report says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

A vaccine study in college students will help determine when it’s safe to take masks off
A massive study unfolding at 20 college campuses aims to determine how well the Moderna coronavirus vaccine prevents vaccinated people from becoming unwitting carriers of the virus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Why covid arm and other post-vaccine rashes might actually be a ‘good thing’
Such skin reactions “are not severe or long-lasting, and show us that your body likely is developing a nice strong immune response to the vaccine,” one health expert says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Some mothers-to-be and doctors worry about exercise during pregnancy. But it’s really okay.
A few physicians are cautious, fearing injury to the woman or baby. But experts say if you listen to your body, the right amount can be beneficial to both. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie C. Reilly Source Type: news

Coronavirus vaccine technology is paving the way for a whole new approach to flu shots
Messenger RNA influenza vaccines could be more effective than traditional flu shots and protect against numerous strains for years at time, researchers say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

For immigrants, IDs prove to be a barrier to a dose of protection
Immigrants have been turned away from pharmacies and other places after being asked for driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers or health insurance cards — documentation required by neither states nor the federal government but often requested at vaccination sites around the country (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Akilah Johnson Source Type: news

States have been slow to order allotted vaccine doses, spurring calls for new approach
Pressure on the federal government to rethink its allocation strategy has mounted as access to immunization expands nationwide but new infections are concentrated in just a handful of states, including Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

I’m vaccinated, but I’m really not ready to leave my pandemic cocoon
Nearly half of all Americans are worried about being with people again, too. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

In a change, patients can now read the clinical notes written by their physicians
Supporters say this will help people understand their ailments and treatments. But some doctors worry about misinterpretation of their diagnoses and judgments. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Corey Meador Source Type: news

The complex, harrowing story of immigrants’ experiences with health care over the past 130 years
“Outside/Inside,” a digital exhibition, documents how health became a pretext for discrimination. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses go unordered by states amid outbreaks, spurring calls for new approach
Pressure on the federal government to rethink its allocation strategy has mounted as access to immunization expands nationwide but new infections are concentrated in just a handful of states, including Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

CDC ramps up scrutiny of rare post-vaccination ‘breakthrough infections’
The precise number of these breakthrough cases is unknown, but figures released by states suggest it is at least several thousand. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Trump officials celebrated efforts to change CDC reports on coronavirus, emails show
Political appointees also tried to blunt scientific findings they deemed unfavorable to Trump, according to new documents from House probe. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Rise of coronavirus variants will define the next phase of the pandemic in the U.S.
Vaccines are effective against the three major new strains of the virus, but some places say they need more to fight highly transmissible types. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Supporters tout anti-parasite drug as covid-19 treatment, but skeptics call it the ‘new hydroxychloroquine’
An NIH trial may settle debate over ivermectin; officials warn people not to take animal formulation of drug. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

‘A moment of peril’: Biden sees infections climb on his watch
Possible ‘fourth wave’ could erase hard-won gains. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Are youth sports an engine of B.1.1.7 outbreaks?
Several states are now prioritizing asymptomatic student athletes as outbreaks put vulnerable, unvaccinated adults at risk. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Stress on the front lines of covid-19
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Clement Source Type: news

Octopus research yields insight into the evolution of sleep
Research shows the animal experiences two major alternating sleep states eerily similar to those in humans — and it even might dream. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Will Dunham Source Type: news

Should health-care workers be required to get coronavirus shots? Companies grapple with mandates.
Nearly 6 in 10 medical workers say they would support vaccine mandates, a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Are potatoes good or bad for you?
We eat more of them than any other vegetable, which might cause health issues. These tips will help you get all the advantages of potatoes while avoiding risks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Lombardi Source Type: news

The Big Number: For pregnant women, gestational hypertension increases risk of later-life heart disease
The risks are even greater for those with preeclampsia, a more severe type form of gestational hypertension, heart association finds. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: — Linda Searing Source Type: news

Are we entering a ‘fourth wave’ of the pandemic? Experts disagree.
Is this the beginning of yet another surge? Or is it only “pockets of infection”? Whatever experts call it, one thing is clear: Infections are on the rise again. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reis Thebault Source Type: news

How Wisconsin turned around its lagging vaccination program — and buoyed a Biden health pick
Andrea Palm, tapped as No. 2 at HHS, has been vilified by Wisconsin Republicans. But her state’s approach to covid-19 vaccinations is working. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

How the able-bodied can do better with disabled neighbors like me
Even simple acts of kindness — such as letting us know the elevator is broken — can mean all the difference in the world. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Litsa Dremousis Source Type: news

Diane Rehm tackles ‘death with dignity’ again, this time in a new documentary
“I am very hopeful this film will get more people talking about it,” she says in a Q&A. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

A new treatment may halt cluster headaches. But some say psychedelic drugs are the real answer.
Activists have won the help of key allies in academia and pharmaceutical industry to study the effectiveness of magic mushrooms and LSD. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

As telehealth visits become more common, here are ways you can make the most of your consultation
Check your tech and describe your symptoms as a doctor would. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pierre Elias Source Type: news

Free films festival tells stories of global health
The World Health Organization’s virtual event features shorts from many nations, including India, South Korea, Portugal and Malaysia. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Fully vaccinated people are at low-risk from travel, CDC says
Updated guidance reflects studies showing how vaccines help protect against coronavirus infections. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

As coronavirus infections and vaccinations surge, hope collides with dread
With a fourth wave of cases looming, the virus again divides people — this time into the vaccinated and unvaccinated. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

A high-schooler wanted infection-detecting sutures to be more accessible. She used beets.
In the lab, she observed that beet-dyed sutures changed colors “almost instantaneously” when the pH level changed from healthy to infected. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paulina Firozi Source Type: news

‘We can do this’: Biden unveils pro-vaccine TV ads, network of grass-roots leaders to push shots
Administration to spend more than $10 million on ad campaign in April. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Top Trump adviser warned then-president on virus supply shortage, then pursued controversial deals
Democrats probe more than $1 billion in “haphazard” supply contracts, citing new documents. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Coronavirus vaccines are coming for kids — but studies have to be finished first
The threshold for herd immunity almost certainly won’t be reached without providing vaccines to many of the approximately 75 million people under the age of 18. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Michigan’s Whitmer asks White House to surge vaccines to virus hot spots as cases climb
The administration’s coronavirus coordinator says it is sticking with its allocation formula. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

Coronavirus question: Who should get a coronavirus test?
Not absolutely everyone needs to take one — but more than those showing symptoms should get them. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

Biden, health officials sound alarm as signs of covid surge proliferate
Case counts are up, and younger people who are not yet vaccinated are being hospitalized with severe coronavirus infections. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Feuds, fibs and finger-pointing: Trump officials say coronavirus response was worse than known
'That’s what bothers me every day’: Former coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx and others admit failures that hampered the White House response. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Anti-inflammatory diets can help you avoid some life-threatening diseases
The right foods can fight chronic inflammation, which is an underlying cause of diabetes, cancer, dementia, heart disease and other ailments. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sally Wadyka Source Type: news

Pfizer, Moderna vaccines are 90% effective after two doses in study of real-life conditions, CDC confirms
The CDC report is significant, experts said, because it analyzed how well the vaccines worked among a diverse group of front-line working-age adults whose jobs make them more likely to be exposed to the virus and to spread it. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Health-care professionals visit homebound and ill seniors so they can get the coronavirus vaccines
But such programs face many problems in providing the doses to this “hidden group.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Judith Graham Source Type: news

The Big Number: 94 percent of older Americans take medications that could increase their likelihood of falling
In an 18-year span, research shows those 65 and older filled more than 7.8 billion prescriptions for high blood pressure, depression, sleep problems or pain. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Who makes the mask rules? Despite a Texas lawsuit, the mandate survives in Austin.
After Austin and Travis County defied a statewide moratorium on mask mandates, the local ordinances have survived a legal challenge — for now. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reis Thebault Source Type: news