Federal turf wars over coronavirus rescues created ‘health and safety issues,’ watchdog concludes
Bureaucratic infighting put evacuees, officials and U.S. communities at risk of coronavirus, a report says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Rotisserie chickens are tasty. Are they healthy, too?
Some are enhanced with undesirable ingredients — such as natural flavors, gums and carrageenan — and troubling amounts of sodium. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perry Santanachote Source Type: news

The race to untangle the secrets of rare, severe blood clots after Johnson & Johnson vaccination
Making sense of rare, possibly related adverse events after vaccination can be notoriously tricky, but in this case, U.S. health officials have a blueprint. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Federal turf wars over coronavirus rescues created ‘health and safety risks,’ watchdog concludes
Bureaucratic infighting put evacuees, officials and U.S. communities at risk of coronavirus, a report says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

The Big Number: A major pandemic weight gain
Forty-two percent of Americans have put on weight, averaging 29 pounds. Men have gained more than than women, younger adults more than older people. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Pause of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine likely to be lifted by Friday, Fauci says
The return of the one-shot vaccine will probably be accompanied by restrictions or warnings, he said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy B Wang Source Type: news

‘Ripe for fraud’: Coronavirus vaccination cards support burgeoning scams
Officials warn that the falsified cards could endanger lives and undermine efforts to end the pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

HHS employee dies while helping at shelter for unaccompanied migrant children in Houston
Mary Brodie-Henderson collapsed Friday while working at a site that housed several hundred unaccompanied children and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, official says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

After a year of pandemic-delayed medical treatments, doctors are seeing more cases of advanced illnesses.
Physicians and other health experts say they are now dealing with advanced cancers, rotting teeth, eye problems and mental health issues. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bruce Alpert Source Type: news

This pandemic seems to have no end. But years living with sarcoidosis has taught me we can get through this.
I routinely “lost” whole years when my heart and brain were attacked by the disease, a chronic and potentially lethal inflammatory ailment. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Stanfel Source Type: news

6 tips to help you detect fake science news
If what you’re reading seems too good to be true, it just might be. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marc Zimmer Source Type: news

As more states legalize marijuana, more children accidentally ingest THC-laced edibles
Poison control centers say candy-like pot edibles are falling into the hands — and mouths — of kids. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Caren Chesler Source Type: news

Nation’s health by the numbers can be found at CDC-affiliated blog
The National Center for Health Statistics compiles and releases tons of data on such issues as coronavirus deaths, drug overdoses, mental health and others. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Biden administration removes Trump-era restrictions on fetal tissue research
NIH reverses internal ban on purchase of fetal tissue and eliminates ethics review for grant applications from university researchers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Civil rights and Black health organizations press Biden administration to ban menthol cigarettes
Advocates demand action against a product that has increased illnesses and death in Black communities. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Biden officials rescind Trump’s okay for Texas’s $100 billion-plus Medicaid plan
Friday letter is seen as an effort to push Texas officials toward expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Biden administration poised to change Trump restrictions on fetal tissue research
HHS secretary says NIH will make an announcement Friday, potentially restoring research that uses cells from abortions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Spring wave of coronavirus crashes across 38 states as hospitalizations increase
Vaccines drive down covid-19 mortality, even as the CDC reports 5,800 “breakthrough” infections in people who had received shots. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

CDC vaccine advisers seek more data on rare blood clots before deciding whether to resume Johnson & Johnson shots
Federal health officials had recommended Tuesday that states pause use of the vaccine while agencies review six U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of brain blood clot among the more than 7 million people who received the shot. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Underserved communities bear brunt of paused Johnson & Johnson rollout
Clinics offering the one-shot vaccine were canceled throughout the country, affecting students, shift workers, rural residents and other hard-to-reach groups. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

How one restaurant’s experiment may help diners breathe safely
Sierra Mar, a resort restaurant in Big Sur, Calif., has added new technology to reduce possible transmission of coronavirus and other of airborne pathogens. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Mooney Source Type: news

Why Biden health officials decided to pause J&J’s coronavirus vaccine
Their goal was to protect the public and be transparent, but critics worry they overreacted and might undermine vaccine confidence. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

What you should do if you’ve received the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine
Six women who had the vaccine suffered from cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, a rare form of stroke. Here’s what to know about symptoms of blood clots if you received the vaccine. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

FDA, CDC call for pause in use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after ‘extremely rare’ cases of blood clots
The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday they are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

A year into the pandemic, it’s even more clear that it’s safer to be outside
Many scientists and public health experts say that the outdoor spaces warming under spring sun should be viewed as havens in the battle against coronavirus and restriction-induced fatigue. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karin Brulliard Source Type: news

Cleaning with regular soap and water is often good enough to fight covid-19
This will remove most virus particles, according to the CDC. Disinfecting sprays and wipes are needed only when someone who has covid-19 has recently been in the home. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Biden picks former New Jersey attorney general to lead DEA
Anne Milgram, critic of criminal-justice system, would shape drug enforcement amid a worsening opioid crisis, if she is confirmed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

How to safely get an eye exam and buy glasses during the pandemic
You may have put off such checkups because of covid-19, but many eye-care practitioners across the country are taking precautions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Konkel Source Type: news

The Big Number: 14.1 million Americans 50 and older suffer osteoporosis
Many more women than men in this age group (20 percent vs. 4 percent) have the bone-thinning disorder, a CDC report says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

A vaccine study in college students will help determine when it’s safe to take masks off
A massive study unfolding at 20 college campuses aims to determine how well the Moderna coronavirus vaccine prevents vaccinated people from becoming unwitting carriers of the virus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Why covid arm and other post-vaccine rashes might actually be a ‘good thing’
Such skin reactions “are not severe or long-lasting, and show us that your body likely is developing a nice strong immune response to the vaccine,” one health expert says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Some mothers-to-be and doctors worry about exercise during pregnancy. But it’s really okay.
A few physicians are cautious, fearing injury to the woman or baby. But experts say if you listen to your body, the right amount can be beneficial to both. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie C. Reilly Source Type: news

Coronavirus vaccine technology is paving the way for a whole new approach to flu shots
Messenger RNA influenza vaccines could be more effective than traditional flu shots and protect against numerous strains for years at time, researchers say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

For immigrants, IDs prove to be a barrier to a dose of protection
Immigrants have been turned away from pharmacies and other places after being asked for driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers or health insurance cards — documentation required by neither states nor the federal government but often requested at vaccination sites around the country (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Akilah Johnson Source Type: news

States have been slow to order allotted vaccine doses, spurring calls for new approach
Pressure on the federal government to rethink its allocation strategy has mounted as access to immunization expands nationwide but new infections are concentrated in just a handful of states, including Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

I’m vaccinated, but I’m really not ready to leave my pandemic cocoon
Nearly half of all Americans are worried about being with people again, too. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

In a change, patients can now read the clinical notes written by their physicians
Supporters say this will help people understand their ailments and treatments. But some doctors worry about misinterpretation of their diagnoses and judgments. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Corey Meador Source Type: news

The complex, harrowing story of immigrants’ experiences with health care over the past 130 years
“Outside/Inside,” a digital exhibition, documents how health became a pretext for discrimination. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses go unordered by states amid outbreaks, spurring calls for new approach
Pressure on the federal government to rethink its allocation strategy has mounted as access to immunization expands nationwide but new infections are concentrated in just a handful of states, including Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Pennsylvania. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

CDC ramps up scrutiny of rare post-vaccination ‘breakthrough infections’
The precise number of these breakthrough cases is unknown, but figures released by states suggest it is at least several thousand. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Trump officials celebrated efforts to change CDC reports on coronavirus, emails show
Political appointees also tried to blunt scientific findings they deemed unfavorable to Trump, according to new documents from House probe. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Rise of coronavirus variants will define the next phase of the pandemic in the U.S.
Vaccines are effective against the three major new strains of the virus, but some places say they need more to fight highly transmissible types. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Supporters tout anti-parasite drug as covid-19 treatment, but skeptics call it the ‘new hydroxychloroquine’
An NIH trial may settle debate over ivermectin; officials warn people not to take animal formulation of drug. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

‘A moment of peril’: Biden sees infections climb on his watch
Possible ‘fourth wave’ could erase hard-won gains. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Diamond Source Type: news

Are youth sports an engine of B.1.1.7 outbreaks?
Several states are now prioritizing asymptomatic student athletes as outbreaks put vulnerable, unvaccinated adults at risk. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Stress on the front lines of covid-19
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Clement Source Type: news

Octopus research yields insight into the evolution of sleep
Research shows the animal experiences two major alternating sleep states eerily similar to those in humans — and it even might dream. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Will Dunham Source Type: news

Should health-care workers be required to get coronavirus shots? Companies grapple with mandates.
Nearly 6 in 10 medical workers say they would support vaccine mandates, a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Are potatoes good or bad for you?
We eat more of them than any other vegetable, which might cause health issues. These tips will help you get all the advantages of potatoes while avoiding risks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Lombardi Source Type: news

The Big Number: For pregnant women, gestational hypertension increases risk of later-life heart disease
The risks are even greater for those with preeclampsia, a more severe type form of gestational hypertension, heart association finds. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: — Linda Searing Source Type: news