Trump administration charts a slow path for reopening nursing homes
Health officials say the facilities for vulnerable elderly should be more cautious than other businesses. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

‘No offense, but is this a joke?’ Inside the underground market for face masks.
While profiteers and crooks make their fortunes, medical workers across the United States have been rationing masks, recycling them and treating infected patients without them. In the absence of a White House strategy to supply the nation with adequate PPE, hospitals compete with states and the federal government on an international market so full of chicanery that nearly every transaction is suspect. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Desmond Butler Source Type: news

This nurse cared for the lives of black mothers and their babies. Covid-19 took hers.
Nurse Judy Wilson-Griffin pioneered better maternal health outcomes for marginalized women in the St. Louis region. She was an even greater cheerleader for her family. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news

How far would a million N95 masks go? It’s complicated, and this is why.
As covid-19 spreads through the country, hospitals are burning through masks and other protective gear at up to 10 times the normal rate. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bonnie Berkowitz Source Type: news

Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine shows encouraging early results in human safety trial
Moderna’s announcement comes days after one of its directors, Moncef Slaoui, stepped down to become chief scientist for Operation Warp Speed, a White House initiative to speed up vaccine development. Watchdogs called out Slaoui’s apparent conflict of interest since he still owns stock options in Moderna worth $10 million. (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

Women consuming sugary drinks daily have a 19 percent greater chance of developing heart disease
New research is based on 20 years of data on 106,178 women. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

As coronavirus testing expands, a new problem arises: Not enough people to test
While some states still face supply shortages, many others are grappling with the challenge of persuading people to get tested. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steve Thompson Source Type: news

How women and girls with ADHD are given short shrift with treatment, other forms of help
Experts say their female patients — who often face shame, anxiety, depression and self-harm — were often ignored for years for not fitting the conventional male profile. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

The girl who died twice
Juliet Daly, from Covington, La., was a healthy 12-year-old before the coronavirus infected her heart, causing its electrical signals to go haywire until suddenly it stopped working. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Some studies raise concerns about sunscreen chemicals. But if you dig deeper, evidence is still lacking, experts say.
Despite what can seem like alarming research, a dermatologist says the products are not necessarily dangerous. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Sohn Source Type: news

Telemedicine keeps doctors and patients connected at a safe remove
With social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home orders in place, people are turning to televisits for relief. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fran Kritz Source Type: news

Summer weather could help fight coronavirus spread but won’t halt the pandemic
Heat, humidity and sunshine are helpful, but the virus still spreads in warm-weather countries, and experts warn against complacency. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew Freedman Source Type: news

Oh, no! Do I have a fever? When coronavirus fears rev up my hypochondria, my 9-year-old keeps me grounded.
I have good reasons for my health anxiety. But my son is like a canary in the coal mine, except a good one, providing proof that the coal mine is free of covid-19. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Caren Chesler Source Type: news

Commonplace photos, tools, documents, other objects tell the story of disability
Smithsonian online exhibition features images and items from the past to explore relationships, technology, citizenship and more. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Trump sets goal of hundreds of millions of coronavirus vaccine doses by January, but scientists doubt it
Outside scientists say it’s dangerous to set public expectations on a timetable, given the scientific unknowns. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Growing friction between White House, CDC hobbles pandemic response
President Trump and the coronavirus task force are questioning information coming from the CDC and the leadership of its director. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Lancet editorial blasts Trump’s ‘inconsistent and incoherent’ coronavirus response
The unsigned editorial concluded that Trump should be replaced. “Americans must put a president in the White House come January, 2021, who will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics,” it said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

Kenneth Cole wants to fight mental health stigma — and he’s enlisted Kendall Jenner and a host of experts to help
The effort begins at a perilous time, with the coronavirus pandemic straining the nation's already fragmented and underfunded mental health system. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

CDC offers brief checklists to guide businesses, schools and others on reopening
But the advice is less detailed than a draft sent to the White House and places the onus on state, local governments. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein, William Wan, Josh Dawsey and Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

Trump administration plans to expand emergency gear in national stockpile
The chronically undersupplied reserve of masks, gowns and ventilators would be bolstered amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Disease modelers are wary of reopening the country. Here’s how they arrive at their verdict.
To see how their models work, we’ll let you tweak your own. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Harry Stevens Source Type: news

Small medical practices struggle to survive amid coronavirus pandemic
Many are irate they’ve been turned down for government loans amid a health crisis. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

Abbott coronavirus test missed a large number of positive results caught by a rival firm, preliminary study says
A preliminary study finds that Abbott’s ID NOW test, which can detect the coronavirus in as little as five minutes, missed between a third and 48 percent of samples detected by a diagnostic tool made by Cepheid. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Experiment shows human speech generates droplets that linger in the air for more than 8 minutes
Research from an NIH team could provide insights on how the coronavirus spreads in confined spaces. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

An easier coronavirus test is within spitting distance
The at-home saliva tests don’t require risky face-to-face interactions or an uncomfortable nasal swabs. Other researchers are also working on test strips similar to a home pregnancy test. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Mufson Source Type: news

Doctors express glimmers of hope as they try out new approaches against coronavirus
There are no surefire approaches, but knowledge about the pathogen -- and how to treat it -- have increased at a breakneck pace over the past two months. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Covid-19, financial distress and the struggle to stay off the critical list: One hospital’s story
This springtime at Griffin Hospital in Connecticut is a metaphor for the wounds the pandemic is leaving on the places that Americans sickest with covid-19 turn to in hope of being healed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

This course will train an army of contact tracers. You can take it, too.
Privacy, medical ethics, virology and interview techniques are included in the six-hour package. The course is available free of charge to the public. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

Women consuming the most fiber overall are 8 percent less likely to develop breast cancer, report says
Researchers found that the risk reduction applied to women of all ages, both pre- and postmenopausal. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Doctors keep discovering new ways the coronavirus attacks the body
Kidney damage, blood clots and even "covid toes" prompt reassessment of the disease and how it should be treated. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Covid-19 vs. African Americans like me. Our uphill battle to fight coronavirus while grappling with underlying conditions.
How do we fortify our bodies, challenge an inequitable medical system and not shut down anyone daring to highlight our community’s needs for better health? (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katti Gray Source Type: news

How risky is it right now to get non-coronavirus medical care?
Deciding whether to go to an ER or doctor can be scary. Experts say people need to balance their health needs with the new normal of covid-19. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Covid-19 school closings may spur childhood obesity, experts warn
Kids often gain weight in the summer when they’re home. School shutdowns, stay-at-home orders, snack eating could result in serious health issues for youths. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

FDA issues emergency approval of new antigen test that is cheaper, faster and simpler
“It’s a really important tool,” said Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease physician. “This is now the next step in simplifying testing." (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Mettler Source Type: news

For isolated older people, pandemic is ‘a cruel event at this time in our lives’
Elderly and younger relatives struggle with social distancing. But some have found the solution in social media, other high tech. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maggie Penman Source Type: news

Research in venom-imitating medications sees revival in pharmaceutical industry
Scientists see intriguing possibilities for drugs to fight cancer, diabetes, arthritis and pain. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Watchdog office says ‘reasonable grounds’ to believe ouster of vaccine official was retaliatory, his lawyers say
The Office of Special Counsel said it would recommend Rick Bright be reinstated during its investigation, according to his lawyers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

CDC warns of potential measles outbreaks as kids fail to get vaccines
The covid-19 pandemic could also lead to the spread of other preventable diseases. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

FDA gives emergency authorization for CRISPR-based diagnostic tool for coronavirus
Gene-editing technology allows accurate test results in just an hour, inventors say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Blood thinners show promise for boosting the survival chances of the sickest covid patients
The study of hospitalized patients treated at Mount Sinai showed that 63 percent of patients on ventilators who did not receive anticoagulants died compared with 29 percent who did receive the treatment. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Guides to the other side: The problem-solvers who will get us through the pandemic
They are immigrants and the children of immigrants, public servants, people on their second careers. They are planners and problem-solvers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Kaplan Source Type: news

Children are falling ill with perplexing inflammatory syndrome thought to be linked to covid-19
The number of cases is small, but U.S. officials are on high alert because of their severity. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

For those needing in-home care, a dire decision amid a pandemic
Patients and their home health workers share the fear that one might infect the other with the coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chelsea Janes Source Type: news

Researchers hypothesize that a highly contagious strain of the coronavirus is spreading, but other experts remain skeptical
Data shows no evidence that any mutations lead to greater lethality. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Kaplan Source Type: news

Ousted vaccine official alleges he was demoted for prioritizing ‘science and safety’
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

15 children in New York City have developed a puzzling and serious inflammatory syndrome possibly linked to covid-19
The children, ages 2 to 15 years, experienced persistent fever and elevated inflammatory markers similar to a syndrome known as Kawasaki disease. More than half had a rash, abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea. Less than half had any respiratory symptoms. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer begins testing coronavirus vaccine in people
It’s the third vaccine in the United States to begin clinical trials designed to evaluate safety and efficacy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Before becoming frozen wasteland, Antarctica was home to frogs
Paleontologist unearths 40-million-year-old fossils of amphibian on Seymour Island near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

FDA steps up scrutiny of coronavirus antibody tests to ensure accuracy
The Food and Drug Administration, under fire for allowing more than 100 commercial coronavirus antibody tests on the market without review, moved Monday to assert oversight, saying the tests will have to pass agency muster, including meeting standards for quality and accuracy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Draft report predicts covid-19 cases will reach 200,000 a day by June 1
More than 3,000 people are projected to die daily of the disease by that date, according to the projections. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news