When undergoing chemo or radiation, cancer patients need to avoid diseases. CDC provides vital tips.
Agency’s website features educational materials about viruses, bugs and neutropenia for patients, caregivers and health-care providers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Oklahoma judge lowers Johnson & Johnson payment in opioid verdict
Correcting a math error he made, Judge Thad Balkman said the giant health care company must pay the state $465 million, not $572 million. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

New Trump rule to make more health care rates public
The hospital industry says it will sue to stop it from taking effect. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Majority of anti-vaccine ads on Facebook were funded by two groups
A group headed by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a California-based organization bought 54 percent of the anti-vaccine ads on Facebook. Researchers said the study shows how a small group of anti-vaccine ad buyers successfully used the social media platform to reach targeted audiences. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

No morning sickness, no bump: A model says she didn’t know she was pregnant until giving birth
Erin Langmaid says her daughter was born just 10 minutes after she unexpectedly went into labor. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

FDA panel endorses wider use of fish-oil drug to protect against heart problems
Vascepa may protect against heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems for some patients with high triglycerides. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Deadly superbugs pose greater threat than previously estimated
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

A young athlete just received what doctors say is first double lung transplant due to vaping
“What I saw in his lungs was nothing that I’ve ever seen before, and I’ve been doing lung transplants for 20 years,” the hospital's surgical director said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

A growing problem: Pregnancy vs. high blood pressure
Study points out dangers, provides tips on monitoring health of mother and baby. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

Taking steps to establish a National Volunteer Care Corps to help older adults
If successful, the program would connect healthy retirees and young adults to the elderly who need various forms of help. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Judith Graham Source Type: news

A young doctor tries to leave her emotions at home, but finds it isn’t that easy.
I was trying to protect myself. Sometimes that meant losing my humanity when dealing with patients, families. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isobel Rosenthal Source Type: news

My mom kept her breast cancer diagnosis a secret from me. It’s an all-too-common tale.
Parents may think they’re protecting their kids from pain, but keeping such secrets can do more harm than good. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Hirschlag Source Type: news

Hypnotherapy isn’t magic, but it helps some patients cope with surgery and recovery
The technique has been used for decades in Europe for minimally invasive procedures. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Debra Bruno Source Type: news

Exploring the long fight against lead poisoning in the United States
Online exhibition tells the stories of activists who mobilized against exposure toxic metal. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blake Source Type: news

3 infants died after being fed infected breast milk. The hospital kept their families in the dark, a lawsuit alleges.
On Friday, the hospital announced that its own equipment contaminated the milk with bacteria. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Potential culprit found in vaping-related lung injuries and deaths
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

A few simple questions could help doctors stem the suicide epidemic
But ERs say they lack the resources to screen patients for suicidal thoughts. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Juul halts sales of mint-flavored e-cigarettes, its most popular product
Juul announced it will selling mint, its most popular e-cigarette flavor. The move comes ahead of an expected White House ban on flavored e-cigarettes except for menthol and tobacco. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

These states let you pick up birth control with your groceries. Why aren’t people doing it?
For most women, birth control isn’t exactly an easy item to pick up. First, you have to make a doctor’s appointment and wait for an opening. Then you have to get yourself to the clinic, taking time off work to wait some more to get a health exam you might not even be due for — which you may not have the insurance to pay for. Then you take the prescription to the pharmacy, where there’s more waiting. The whole process can easily take weeks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Caroline Kitchener Source Type: news

Trump’s ‘conscience rule’ for health providers blocked by federal judge
The rule would have allowed providers to refuse to participate in care that violated their beliefs. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Deep brain stimulation is being tested to treat opioid addiction
It’s the first time electrodes have been implanted in the brain for opioid use disorder in the United States. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Spilling the beans: Coffee can be good for your health
The brew can cause problems for some. But studies find that coffee has a positive effect on the risk of a variety of conditions and diseases. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

A severe shortage hits a drug used for cancer, immune disorders, epilepsy, causing canceled treatments and rationing
Increased demand — along with the time it takes to manufacture the lifesaving immune globulin medicine — has led to limited supplies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Holly Rosenkrantz Source Type: news

Excessive worrying? A psychologist sees a spike in anxiety and offers tips.
When accompanied by irritability, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, fatigue and poor sleep, you may be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jelena Kecmanovic Source Type: news

For some cancer patients, monitoring symptoms can extend their lives
But there are challenges to putting these benefits in practice. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stephen Ornes Source Type: news

Judge temporarily blocks Trump order requiring would-be immigrants to prove they have health insurance
The rule was scheduled to go into effect Sunday. The temporary restraining order will remain in place for 28 days. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

The Big Number: Americans consume 17 teaspoons of added sugar daily. That’s way too much.
One health group recommends a daily intake of no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women and 9 teaspoons for men. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Science author digs into the story about a revolutionary cancer treatment used in immunotherapy
Physician Ilana Yurkiewicz explains the fraught history, risks and future of CAR-T therapy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

She live-streamed her mammogram to raise awareness. Then she got the diagnosis.
At 40 years old, KFOR's Ali Meyer found out she likely had breast cancer in the middle of a Facebook Live stream. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

The FDA learned of an E. coli outbreak in September. Six weeks later, the agency finally announced it.
The outbreak, announced on Halloween, sickened 23 people across 12 states from July 12 to Sept. 8, according to the FDA. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Brice-Saddler Source Type: news

Trump announces plan to nominate Texas cancer doctor to run FDA
If confirmed, Stephen Hahn would succeed acting commissioner Norman "Ned" Sharpless. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Proposed HHS rule would strip Obama-era protections for LGBTQ individuals
Citing concerns about religious freedom, Secretary Alex Azar on Friday proposed striking out key words in a Department of Health and Human Services document that would effectively undue non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals in its programs. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Top HHS official to run FDA on temporary basis while Trump readies nomination of Texas cancer doctor
If confirmed, Stephen Hahn would succeed acting commissioner Norman "Ned" Sharpless (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Indiana backs away from Medicaid work requirements
Citing litigation, the Hoosier state becomes the second to retreat from the model touted by the Trump administration. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Measles makes your body forget how to fight other diseases
The measles virus is more harmful than scientists previously realized, making widespread vaccination even more important, researchers and doctors said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Long-awaited cystic fibrosis drug could turn deadly disease into a manageable condition
Thirty years after scientists discovered the defective gene that causes cystic fibrosis, two new trials show a therapy could help 90 percent of patients. The FDA approved the triple drug, Trikafta, five months ahead of its deadline. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Missouri reviewed data about Planned Parenthood’s patients, including their periods, to identify failed abortions
The state’s health director, who is also an OB/GYN, said the aim was to detect clinic safety problems . (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

White House unveils website to streamline search for drug treatment
Improvements to findtreatment.gov are designed to help people find addiction services. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

How much money will it take to undo the damage from opioids?
The best-case scenario for areas grappling with this disaster could be a sweeping settlement among all the parties. But such a deal is unlikely in the near term, according to interviews with attorneys in the case and a survey of attorneys general nationwide. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Alabama abortion law temporarily blocked by federal judge
Alabama's near-total ban, set to take effect Nov. 15 but now blocked, included no exceptions for rape or incest and made performing abortions a felony. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Study: Taking hypertension meds at bedtime cuts health risks significantly
Researchers found that patients cut their overall risk of dying from cardiovascular causes during the study nearly in half. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The facts about birth control and cancer risks
Ultimately, the disease-related risks and benefits of such devices may even out, at least for most people. But individual health factors need to be considered. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

I’m an academic doctor. But research from for-profit companies may be the best way to help patients and science in the future
Such studies are distrusted by professionals because of possible conflicts of interest. But important research will be increasingly conducted, funded or aided by such firms. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ravi Parikh Source Type: news

The Big Number: 45 percent of Americans admit to driving while being drowsy
Sleep-focused academy says study shows how dangerous this traffic problem is. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Growing old doesn’t mean you also grow in weight
To fight fat, experts suggest you exercise regularly, monitor calories, lift weights and move throughout the day. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

My once-vibrant husband died of ALS, and my complicated grief is deep
Words are all we have when we talk about the lost of a loved one, and yet they completely fall short. Still, here is my story. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maya Vijayaraghavan Source Type: news

Is chocolate healthy? Alas, the answer isn’t sweet. Here’s why.
The flavanols in chocolate could have potential benefits. But you’d have to consume a ton to achieve that. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

First responders struggle with PTSD caused by the emergencies, deaths, tragedies they face every day
“We rush into burning fires or deal with the worst injuries — that’s our job. . . . But we’re also human, and sometimes our brains can’t compute the horrible things we see.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rene Ebersole Source Type: news

‘This baby was meant to be ours’: A gay couple’s journey to become parents
Assisted reproduction and surrogacy have been around for years. But nowadays, some same-sex partners are choosing these methods. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sydney Page Source Type: news

Filmmaker asks how adults can help digitally obsessed teens tackle mental health challenges
In “Screenagers: Next Chapter,” a doctor warns parents to give their kids the chance to build up their resilience and learn critical coping skills. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news