A new photo contest for those with dementia, Alzheimer’s offers revealing images
Still Living allows people with the illness to tell their stories, show their perspective. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Olivier Laurent Source Type: news

As seniors go into twilight years, some of them privately mull ‘rational suicide’
Known for valuing self-determination, some in the aging generation explore the idea of ending their lives rather than experience a slow and often unpleasant decline. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Bailey Source Type: news

Lice? Don’t lose your head over them. Just focus on your child’s scalp.
As summer camps begin, here are some helpful facts about the hardy but generally harmless critters. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laura Sanders Source Type: news

The Big Number: 54.4 million adult Americans suffer arthritis
The ailment worsens with age, but about 300,000 American kids also have juvenile arthritis. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Examining why false confessions occur in the U.S. criminal justice system
The journal Science features a psychologist who is changing the way law enforcement thinks about their interrogation methods. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

‘I was just clawing at myself.’ A retired nurse who couldn’t stop scratching feared she was facing an organ transplant.
Specialists were mystified until a surgeon uncovered the surprising link between her unrelenting itching and a decade-old event. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra G. Boodman Source Type: news

Doctors say summer is kidney stone season. Here’s why.
The ailment is associated with hotter weather because of dehydration and other issues. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marcos Del Rosario-Santiago Source Type: news

I was bitten by a feral dog while overseas. My search for rabies shots was a terrifying ordeal.
I was in India but travelers should be forewarned: The disease is not uncommon in many countries, and visitors like me have died when not vaccinated. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shannon VanRaes Source Type: news

A new ‘female Viagra’ approved by FDA despite skepticism
The new drug is intended to treat hypoactive sexual desire disorder, or HSDD. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Voters have big health-care worries, but not the ones Democrats are talking about
Americans tell pollsters they feel squeezed by deductibles and prescription drug costs, but the candidates are mostly focused on expanding access to insurance. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Trump administration’s abortion ‘gag rule’ can take effect, court rules
Planned Parenthood, which stands to lose tens of millions in funding, and state attorneys general from California, Oregon and Washington say they’ll continue to fight the new policy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

In Oklahoma, opioid case windfall starts winners squabbling
The state has recouped $355 million in settlements from two drug companies, and billions more could be on the way. Everyone wants a piece of the pie. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

What you need to know about the chemicals in your sunscreen
Amid concerns about oxybenzone and other ingredients, the FDA calls for more research on their safety and effectiveness. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

The Big Number: 22 percent of people in conflict-affected areas have mental disorders
The health conditions included depression and anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorders, and the percentage far exceeds the general population. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

What is a good death? How my mother planned hers is a good road map for me.
Many avoid thinking about such a question, which makes a good passing harder to come by. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cynthia Miller-Idriss Source Type: news

Harrowing delirium afflicts millions after surgery, especially the elderly. I know. It hit me and it took months to overcome.
I had memory loss and hallucinations. I was confused and genuinely scared by this strange, little-appreciated condition. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Muriel Dobbin Source Type: news

An ageless question: When is someone ‘old’?
It’s not your chronological age that counts, some scientists now say. It’s when you start to show signs of diminishment. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Laughter really is the best medicine? In many ways, that’s no joke.
Health experts and comics explain why humor can keep you going strong even in old age. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

What your grip says about your odds of surviving a health crisis
The weakness of your hand can be an indicator of disability later in life, researchers say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda Loudin Source Type: news

What bats, primates and even zebrafish tell us about human aging
Researchers think the genes of such animals can provide pathways to improve the ways we age. But others voice caution that such tests can apply to humans (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Elizabeth Richards Source Type: news

Confused or worried about antibiotics? This Harvard infectious disease expert has some answers
In Q&A format, “Antibiotics: What Everyone Needs to Know” is ideal for those seeking a quick reference or in-depth information. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Quick work, luck saved Red Sox slugger Ortiz, surgeons say in first interview
Big Papi was ‘beyond lucky,’ one expert said. ‘It wasn’t his time.’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachelle Krygier Source Type: news

New York, epicenter of measles outbreak, bans religious exemptions for vaccines
The tide of public opinion has been changing as measles have surged to the highest levels since 1992 halfway through the year. The majority of those cases are located in New York. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eli Rosenberg Source Type: news

A rare skin disease left a man isolated and alone. Surgery is helping to give him back his life.
Enrique Galvan, a 27-year-old from Paraguay, had surgery in California to remove large, heavy tumors caused by a rare genetic disorder. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Jessica Biel lobbied alongside a prominent anti-vaxxer but says she supports vaccines
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. posted photos of him and Biel meeting with California lawmakers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

Jessica Biel lobbied alongside a prominent anti-vaxxer, but says she supports vaccines
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. posted photos of him and Biel meeting with California lawmakers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

NIH director will no longer speak on all-male science panels
Collins said he wants to end ‘manels’ and curb bias that keeps women and minorities from scientific leadership (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Women seeking abortions turn to volunteer network for help
The groups trace their roots to underground organizations that helped women end unwanted pregnancies before abortion became legal. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Alabama approves ‘chemical castration’ bill for some sex offenders
Gov. Kay Ivey signed the bill on Monday. But medical experts say the process is not guaranteed to prevent reoffending and should be used with caution. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

A cautionary tale about medical marijuana and opioid deaths
A 2014 study noted a link between legalization of medical marijuana and reduced opioid deaths. But five years later, the numbers reversed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

The negative health effects of too much noise go well beyond hearing
Clamor can put stress on your body and affect hypertension, high cholesterol and heart problems. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

Couple who mysteriously died in Fiji texted family that they’d been ‘throwing up for 8 hours’
David and Michelle Paul, from Fort Worth, became ill during a trip to Fiji in May. Days later, both died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

The Big Number: 52 children left in hot vehicles died in 2018
Since 1998 the number is 805. Even with windows left slightly open, the temperature inside a car can increase by 20 degrees in 10 minutes, 50 degrees in a half-hour. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Compassion fatigue hits not only professional caregivers. Other people get it, too.
Emotionally debilitating, “it can take hold in any person who cares for others who are in pain or suffering,” an expert says. But there are ways to fight it. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Compassion fatigue hits not only professional caregivers. Real people get it, too.
Emotionally debilitating, “it can take hold in any person who cares for others who are in pain or suffering,” an expert says. But there are ways to fight it. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Students, bored by cafeteria fare, love food delivery services; schools don’t.
Nutrition and security concerns are cited: “Random people delivering Thai food is not part of our safety plan.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elaine S. Povich Source Type: news

‘I understand exactly who he is’: Moms discover they share autism with their children
Such a revelation sheds light on how the disorder affects females differently from males. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isabela Dias Source Type: news

I face a known risk from cancer and an undetermined risk from the scan used to detect it. Which is worse?
With the FDA investigating the effects of MRI contrast agents, how many scans may be too many? (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meredith Gordon Resnick Source Type: news

Your longtime doctor moves. Will you lose that physician because of a noncompete clause?
Such restrictions in contracts are widespread in many industries — including, anecdotally, in medicine. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Sohn Source Type: news

Explaining the Missouri pre-abortion exam Rachel Maddow called ‘state-sanctioned sexual assault’
The conflict concerning pelvic exams is at the center of the fight over Missouri's last abortion clinic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reis Thebault Source Type: news

9/11 Memorial Glade: A monument to responders, survivors who paid for the attacks with their health
Many who are still alive face conditions such as respiratory complaints, rare cancers and mental-health disorders. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

With 2020 in mind, Trump overruled top health official on fetal tissue
His antiabortion record figures large in the political calculus of his reelection campaign. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Stem cell clinics likely to flourish despite judge’s rebuke
Efforts to clamp down on industry is ‘like playing whack-a-mole,’ says top FDA official. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Couple who mysteriously died in Fiji texted family that they’d been ‘throwing up for 8 hours’
David and Michelle Paul, from Fort Worth, became ill during a trip to Fiji in May. Days later, both died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

The Health 202: Biden now says he wants to repeal the Hyde Amendment. But his congressional 2020 foes are likely to vote for it.
Those Democrats want to avoid another government shutdown. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Surgeons opened her skull to remove a cancerous tumor. Instead, they found a tapeworm.
Rachel Palma was told she most likely had a brain tumor. But during surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, doctors discovered it was a parasite. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Maker of addictive fentanyl spray agrees to pay $225 million for prescriptions-for-cash scheme
The company pleaded guilty to five counts of mail fraud, admitting that a speaker program supposedly for brand awareness was actually a vehicle for bribes and kickbacks to doctors, officials said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eli Rosenberg Source Type: news

The Health 202: Senators are pushing forward on measures to lower health-care costs
But the real deal would have to be struck between the Democrat-led House and the White House. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news