An EKG technician with a smile ‘more infectious than the virus that took her out of here’
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karen Weintraub Source Type: news

Scores of testing sites forced to close because of vandalism in civil unrest
The District’s only three pharmacies in a federal coronavirus testing program have all been vandalized; two are not reopening for tests. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Hydroxychloroquine, a drug promoted by Trump, failed to prevent healthy people from getting covid-19 in trial
A new trial showed that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, touted repeated by the president, did not prevent healthy people from developing covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

The global race for a coronavirus vaccine could lead to this generation’s Sputnik moment
The nation that produces the first safe and effective vaccine will gain not only bragging rights but also a fast track to put its people back to work, a powerful public health tool to protect its citizens and a precious resource to reward allies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

A new economic austerity could be ‘as life-threatening as the virus itself,’ says head of the National Domestic Workers Alliance
Ai-jen Poo discusses the financial pain of her members. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KK Ottesen Source Type: news

7 in 10 Americans would be likely to get a coronavirus vaccine, Post-ABC poll finds
But Republicans are less enthusiastic about a future vaccine than Democrats. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Experts dispute reports that coronavirus is becoming less lethal
An Italian report suggests recent patients have lower viral loads, but that’s not likely because of changes to the virus, experts say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Asthma causes nearly 10 million doctor visits each year
Asthma can vary greatly from person to person, with differences in severity and frequency of attacks as well as what triggers those attacks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Crowded protests spark concerns about fresh outbreaks of the deadly coronavirus
Despite the close quarters, however, experts say it’s more difficult to contract the virus outdoors. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

‘I’m missing it all’: Grandparents grieve over loss of visits with grandchildren
It’s still safest to connect virtually for now, experts say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Getting his tattoo took less than 20 minutes. Regret set in within hours.
There’s no quick or easy fix for tattoo angst. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

Better fertility treatments can mean much older parents. But how does this affect their offspring?
Psychologists and reproductive endocrinologists raise questions about whether it’s time to establish age restrictions in the field. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eric Berger Source Type: news

Running into trouble: Eager pandemic exercisers rack up injuries
Many office workers want to take advantage of the unexpected downtime to get in shape but then go too hard too fast. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bonnie Berkowitz Source Type: news

Researchers warn covid-19 could cause debilitating long-term illness in some patients
The aftereffects of viral infections can be life-altering — we know this from personal experience — and unfortunately are devastatingly common. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brian Vastag Source Type: news

Why are wait times so long in emergency rooms?
Many people in the ER don’t have actual emergencies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

CDC chief defends failure to spot early coronavirus spread in U.S.
Robert R. Redfield says diagnostic testing would have made little difference, describing it like “looking for a needle in a haystack.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

CDC issues guidelines that could change the way we work
No more coffee pots, handshakes or indoor lunches. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

Trump-fueled promotion of unproved coronavirus drug generated spike in prescriptions, study finds
JAMA study shows spike on hydroxychloroquine prescriptions as pandemic struck. The spike quickly dropped but overall there were almost a half million extra prescriptions in 10 weeks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Keating Source Type: news

Amid coronavirus concerns, dentists face a fraught road to reopening
The proximity to patients and the cost of stepped-up protections test dental practices. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chelsea Janes Source Type: news

Children with perplexing syndrome linked to covid-19 may be experiencing deadly ‘cytokine storm’
New York physicians propose early theory, detailing four cases that were remarkably similar. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

White House and CDC remove coronavirus warnings about choirs in faith guidance
The guidelines are watered down despite evidence that singing may spread the virus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Administration initially dispensed scarce covid-19 drug to some hospitals that didn’t need it
The first tranche of 607,000 vials of remdesivir were delivered in some cases to the wrong hospitals, to hospitals with no ICUs and therefore no eligible patients, and to facilities with no available refrigeration, according to nine current and former senior administration officials. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Coronavirus may never go away, even with a vaccine
The pandemic could last for years. Embracing that reality is crucial to the next phase of America’s pandemic response. Experts urge U.S. leaders and public to start thinking long-term. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Top HHS watchdog being replaced by Trump says inspectors general must work free from political intrusion
The office is pursuing 14 additional reviews of the department’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic
Symptoms of anxiety and depression are widespread during the pandemic, according to the Census Bureau’s new Household Pulse Survey. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alyssa Fowers Source Type: news

‘Tell me what to do! Please!’: Even experts struggle with coronavirus unknowns
Five months into the pandemic, scientific uncertainty remains and debates flare. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Safety of sugar substitutes remains inconclusive after years of research
Experts suggest consumers use them with caution. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Tooth fairy is essential worker and reflects adults’ role in the custom
The tooth fairy grants grown-ups, for a just little while, reemergence into a child’s magical world. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brandon Barker Source Type: news

Keeping tabs on neighborhood wildlife may hook you on all the action
You’ll find a lot of drama happening if you start watching closely. And it can be good for your mental health. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julian Avery Source Type: news

Administration leaves testing responsibility to states in report to Congress
White House pledges to buy 100 million swabs but decentralizes response. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Retired pediatrician belted out songs to staff and patients
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kent Babb Source Type: news

Covid-19 has destroyed your libido? You’re not alone.
A pandemic isn’t sexy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sunny Fitzgerald Source Type: news

Calories burned in boring household chores can help fight stay-at-home weight gain
Vacuuming burns 155 calories an hour. Gardening, dusting, even doing laundry can make a difference. You don’t need traditional exercise to burn calories. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Loneliness was a common concern he heard from people of all ages. It inspired his book.
Former U.S. surgeon general Vivek H. Murthy said the goal of writing the book was to draw attention to the changing priorities of society. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dawn Fallik Source Type: news

This family’s repeated strep throat infections frustrated their doctors
Multiple rounds of antibiotics and other measures didn’t eradicate the unexpected source. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra G. Boodman Source Type: news

Coronavirus patients turn to social media group for answers, support
Sick at home, people are together puzzling through their confounding and variable illness, and crowdsourcing their treatment and decision-making. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robin Shulman Source Type: news

Exercising with MS should be tailored to each patient
While those with mild impairment may be able to run or lift weights, those who cannot get out of bed can still benefit from things like muscle stimulation and breathing exercises, a panel says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Study estimates 24 states still have uncontrolled coronavirus spread
Memorial Day weekend is “the first test of the system” as the economy reopens. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Antimalarial drug touted by President Trump is linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says
An analysis of 96,000 patients shows those treated with hydroxychloroquine were also more likely to suffer irregular heart rhythms. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

More evidence emerges on why covid-19 is so much worse than the flu
Researchers found blood clots and vessel damage in the autopsied lungs of people killed by the disease. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states
Person-to-person spread is the primary source of transmission. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

Young adults are also affected by Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus, doctors say
While the number of cases is extremely small, a University of California-San Diego professor is urging health officials to expand alerts about the mysterious illness previously seen only in children. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Reopening guidance for churches delayed after White House and CDC disagree
Health experts say the lack of guidelines puts the most vulnerable at risk for contracting covid-19. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Coronavirus hot spots erupt across the country; experts warn of second wave in South
With restrictions easing, people are moving again, and “there’s a lot of tinder” out there. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

How many people are infected with the coronavirus? A major study will attempt to provide an answer.
Blood from donors in 25 metro areas will be tested for disease-fighting antibodies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chelsea Janes Source Type: news

Mask shortage for most health-care workers extended into May, Post-Ipsos poll shows
Two-thirds of health-care workers cited insufficient supply of N95 masks, and an even greater share reported having to wear one mask for an entire shift. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

In some nations, government isolation centers helped reduce coronavirus infections. The U.S. has resisted the strategy.
Experts express concern about the legal and social consequences of requiring out-of-home isolation. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chelsea Janes Source Type: news

In some nations, government isolation centers helped reduce covid-19 infections. The U.S. has resisted the strategy.
Experts express concern about the legal and social consequences of requiring out-of-home isolation. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chelsea Janes Source Type: news

Elderly covid-19 patients on ventilators usually do not survive, New York hospitals report
A new study also finds that 71 percent of critically ill coronavirus patients under 50 were obese. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine shows encouraging early results
The eagerly-awaited data provide a first look at one of the eight vaccines worldwide that have begun human testing. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news