Covid-19 live updates: Federal vaccine mandate for health-care workers starts to take effect
Thursday is the deadline for health care workers to get at least their first dose of coronavirus vaccine in much of the country, as the Biden administration’s mandate starts to take effect. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Sarah Palin, unvaccinated and having tested positive, again dines out, flouting NYC health measures
The former Alaska governor has not stopped dining indoors and outdoors, despite being unvaccinated and not self-isolating following her recent positive coronavirus test. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Timothy Bella Source Type: news

Government watchdog says HHS is at ‘high risk’ of botching a future crisis
GAO criticizes the response to emergencies over four administrations, including coronavirus, Ebola and Zika, as well as extreme weather events. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Sign-ups in Affordable Care Act marketplaces reach record 14.5 million
The popularity of ACA health plans is a substantial slice of good news for President Biden, who has made expanding access to affordable health insurance a central domestic policy aim. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Confused about rapid tests? Here’s what to know.
People are confused about coronavirus rapid tests — How good are they? When should you use them? Do they work? — all while the government is giving out free ones to households across the country. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shelly Tan Source Type: news

Despite U.S. cases decline, the country doesn’t have ‘control’ of virus, Fauci says
On Wednesday, infections declined to an average of 601,302 in 7-day average and current hospitalization have leveled off to 148,710, according to data compiled by The Washington Post. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brittany Shammas Source Type: news

U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations slow, with the Northeast showing a steep decline
But in some corners of the nation, hospitals continue to reel from waves of omicron infections. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fenit Nirappil Source Type: news

U.S. tops highest seven-day death average since last year
Midwest grocery chains Meijer and Hy-Vee said they have started giving away the masks. Walgreens expects its giveaways to start Friday. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 26, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news

CDC study finds shorter hospital stays during omicron wave, even as infections and death toll mount
Despite the omicron variant’s lesser severity, its rapid spread has led to large numbers of hospitalizations and more than 2,200 deaths daily. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Omicron wave is wake-up call about need to vaccinate the world, say Hill Democrats, experts
They urged additional investment, saying the risk of new variants remains high as long as billions of people are unvaccinated. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Could the pandemic be stabilizing? The WHO says it might be, but ‘our work is not done.’
World Health Organization officials say the emergency phase of the coronavirus pandemic could end this year — if enough people get vaccinated. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adela Suliman Source Type: news

Pfizer and BioNTech begin testing omicron-specific vaccine on adults
Pfizer and BioNTech will test an omicron-specific version of their vaccine and a fourth shot of the original vaccine to determine the best path forward. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

New York state, seeking to save its indoor mask mandate, moves to appeal court ruling
The protocol was put in place last month by Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul as New York moved to curb a winter surge in coronavirus cases. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Cheng Source Type: news

Emergency phase of pandemic could end in 2022 but conditions still ‘ideal’ for new variants, WHO says
The World Health Organization’s Hans Kluge said “it’s plausible that [Europe] is moving towards a kind of pandemic endgame.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news

There’s a new version of omicron but so far it doesn’t appear to be more dangerous
The descendant, known as BA.2, is spreading. The World Health Organization recommended Monday that health officials evaluate it separately from the original version of omicron, known as BA.1. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 25, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

FDA ends for now use of two monoclonal antibodies, spurring a halt in federal shipments of the covid-19 treatments
The therapies by Regeneron and Eli Lilly are not effective against the omicron variant, officials said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

They had covid-19 once. Then, they got it again.
Although statistically rare, coronavirus reinfections have been rising recently, leading some states to track them separately. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Salvador Rizzo Source Type: news

Here are some ways to keep your bones in the best possible shape
About 10 million Americans older than 50 have osteoporosis. Another 43 million people in the U.S. have low bone mass. Here are methods to counter these two ailments. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 24, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hallie Levine Source Type: news

People who survive multiple disasters have worse mental health
Mental resiliency could be harder to rebuild than a house or business in places that have experienced multiple disasters, study suggests. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Do you wishcycle? If so, you’re actually not helping to recycle.
Wishcycling is hoping that things added to a recycling bin will find another life as new products, despite a lack of evidence, two waste experts say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jessica Heiges Source Type: news

Most adults don’t consume the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables — generally packed with vitamins and minerals, low in calories and high in fiber — offer a range of benefits. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

How I found joy in life during difficult times
During a season of grief, I learned that experiencing joy is not an either/or scenario. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Writing about America’s health-care labyrinth didn’t shield me from its absurdity
A reporter wrote for years about those left behind by the complex and expensive U.S. health-care system. Then he tried filling an insulin prescription in between jobs. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bram Sable-Smith Source Type: news

Hospice can help alleviate anxiety, uncertainty around end-of-life care
Confusion and misconceptions about hospice can keep a family from seeking the service for a loved one. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Kanarek Source Type: news

Different masks for different workouts as exercise evolves with covid-19
“We may start to see custom-designed masks and new materials that are more tuned to the requirements of exercising,” one academic says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

A newborn lost large parts of his brain. Today, he’s an athletic college grad.
“Normally, when a child is missing that much brain, it’s bad,” says the doctor who diagnosed him as having suffered a perinatal stroke. But his brain was able to remap itself. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meeri Kim Source Type: news

Why most of us should be wearing N95 masks
N95s offer the best protection against airborne viruses of any disposable mask. Here's how they work, what a good fit looks like, and who shouldn't wear them. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Aaron Steckelberg Source Type: news

How fast the omicron variant is spreading around the world
Tracking the main coronavirus variants in the U.S. and around the world: omicron, delta, gamma, alpha and beta. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 19, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Keating Source Type: news

As you age, these 8 home improvements will keep you safer
Small changes can protect you in big ways from falls, fires, carbon monoxide poisoning and other problems. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Body temperature may not be an effective gauge of covid-19
Body temperatures vary, readers often are not accurate, and many people with the coronavirus don’t develop fevers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jill U. Adams Source Type: news

Parkinson’s progression may slow with four hours a week of exercise, study says
Parkinson’s patients who were active for at least that amount of time had less decline, researchers found. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Sleep deprivation related to poor food choices for teens, study says
Youths who got less sleep also ate fewer vegetables and fruits, and drank more sugar-sweetened beverages than their counterparts, research showed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Covid-19 affected female and early-career scientists more, study shows
The negative outcomes may last well beyond the end of the pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 16, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lesley Michalegko, Source Type: news

It’s a new year. Time to stop smothering pandemic stress with comfort food.
No one knows when the pandemic will end, so don’t wait to take stock of your eating behavior — and make some changes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Colonoscopy prep is not fun, but the test’s benefits are quantifiable
Colon cancer screening rates have increased, but fully one-third of those over 50 aren’t screened. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 15, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

How often can you safely reuse your KN95 or N95 mask?
President Biden said Thursday his administration will soon announce plans to get free high-quality masks in the hands of millions of Americans. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paulina Firozi Source Type: news

Biden health officials grilled over state of pandemic
Lawmakers’ criticisms conveyed the nation’s exhaustion and frustration amid omicron surge. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 12, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Felicia Sonmez Source Type: news

What to know about the coronavirus vaccine for children younger than 5
With millions of children now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine, many families are still anxiously awaiting the shots for children under 5. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

How prepackaged convenience food can be actually healthy
Here are a few items you can feel good about eating, and tips for using them for quick, nutritional meals. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Moore Source Type: news

People who have cataracts removed are 30 percent less likely to develop dementia
The key may be the restoration of vision that comes with the surgery, researchers say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 9, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Your questions on the coronavirus, answered: What is the duration of omicron covid-19 symptoms?
Whether symptoms from the omicron variant resolve faster remains to be seen. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 9, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

Covid led to smell problems for many. Seniors are especially vulnerable.
“Many older adults have a compromised sense of smell to begin with,” one expert said. “Add to that the insult of covid, and it made these problems worse.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 9, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Judith Graham Source Type: news

ADA knowledge lacking among many physicians
Nearly three-quarters of outpatient physicians don’t understand how to accommodate their patients’ disabilities, study says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 9, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Four charts that analyze how omicron’s wave compares to previous coronavirus peaks
While cases have surged and the variant is more transmissible, omicron seems less likely to result in death or severe hospitalizations compare to other coronavirus variants (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shelly Tan Source Type: news

Man arrested on charges of attacking vaccination clinic, injuring staffers he called ‘murderers’
Thomas Apollo, 43, entered a vaccination clinic run by Families Together of Orange County last week and called workers “murderers” who are “making people sick” before he started punching staffers, according to workers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Timothy Bella Source Type: news

How to solve winter dryness of your skin, lips and eyes
A few simple steps can help, such as altering bathing and skin-care habits, applying sunscreen while outdoors, and using a humidifier indoors. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sally Wadyka Source Type: news

Your questions on the coronavirus, answered: J&J shot and booster vs. omicron?
We know that Johnson & Johnson recipients who got boosted with an mRNA shot are well protected against the delta variant. But omicron is far more slippery. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

Osteoarthritis affects 32.5 million U.S. adults
The degenerative joint disease can be disabling, but there are ways to relieve pain and improve quality of life. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

A possible cervical cancer screening tool? A menstrual pad.
Testing menstrual blood is as accurate as conventional HPV screening, a study suggests. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Home remedies can be useful for some conditions, experts say
Ginger helps with nausea, and honey for some coughs. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news