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

The coronavirus pandemic is pushing America into a mental-health crisis
A shadow pandemic of mental illness is emerging, but America's behavioral health system is unprepared, ill-equipped and already on the brink of financial collapse in many places. (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

The coronavirus pandemic is pushing America into a mental health crisis
A shadow pandemic of mental illness is emerging, but America's behavioral health system is unprepared, ill-equipped and already on the brink of financial collapse in many places. (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

24.4 million Americans are plagued with seasonal allergies, CDC says
The symptoms of itchy eyes, sneezing and runny nose are caused by the immune system’s response to mold spores or pollen. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Tips on alleviating face masks’ rashes and skin irritations
Dermatologists advise using moisturizers, hypoallergenic soaps and other methods. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Our immune systems weaken with age. Researchers want to solve that.
Scientists seek ways to boost older people’s protections against influenza, the novel coronavirus, other pathogens. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jonathan Wosen Source Type: news

To NYC, she was a former head nurse. To Freda Ocran’s family, she was a queen.
Former head nurse Freda Ocran died at age 51 from coronavirus complications. She lived a royal life among her family. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news

To NYC, she was a former head nurse. To Freda Orcan’s family, she was a queen.
Former head nurse Freda Ocran died at age 51 from coronavirus complications. She lived a royal life among her family. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news

My grandfather died of covid-19. More empathy from everyone may have prevented such deaths in this pandemic.
A third-year medical student reflects on why the nation needs to come together as a member of the global community. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Liakos Source Type: news

Exercise can be hard to get right now. Here’s what that means to your body.
In many cases, people can quickly get out of shape. But even older people can get back to their former levels if they stay dedicated to training. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda Loudin Source Type: news

A too-common horror for mothers in sub-Saharan Africa: Death of their children
Researchers say between a quarter and a half of mothers in the countries studied lost a child during their lifetimes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

FDA authorizes use of Gilead Sciences’ remdesivir for patients severely ill with covid-19
The drugmaker said it would prioritize cities and hospitals most heavily impacted by coronavirus infections. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

As White House’s social distancing guidelines expire, health experts worry mixed messages will spur public complacency
Health officials worry that some governors may relax the measures prematurely and the public will become complacent even as an estimated 20,000 new cases of the disease caused by coronavirus are reported daily. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

U.S. reports 66,000 more deaths than expected so far this year
The CDC tally, almost certainly a substantial undercount, shows the devastation caused by covid-19 as well as a sharp increase in other causes of mortality. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Studies leave question of ‘airborne’ coronavirus transmission unanswered
The consensus so far is that the coronavirus, although very contagious, spreads through respiratory droplets generated when people breathe, speak or cough, and doesn’t infect people through particles that can linger in the air for hours. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

‘Second-week crash’ is time of peril for some covid-19 patients
Those who seem stable or even on the mend can become critically ill with little warning. Doctors aren’t sure why. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Scientists are trying to save Minnesota's North Woods forest from climate change
Climate change is already causing ?zombie forests? where trees can?t regenerate (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brady Dennis Source Type: news

Scientists are trying to save Minnesota?s North Woods forest from climate change
Climate change is already causing ?zombie forests? where trees can?t regenerate (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brady Dennis Source Type: news

People are hoarding a heartburn drug before scientists have determined whether it can fight coronavirus
Walgreens and CVS confirmed that they are experiencing shortages. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meryl Kornfield Source Type: news

More than 80 percent of hospitalized covid-19 patients in Georgia were African American, study finds
Researchers examined data for eight hospitals, underscoring racial disparities in the pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

Q&A: Can I go outside? Should I get an antibody test? Plus other coronavirus questions answered.
The latest advice on staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

‘Frostbite’ toes and other peculiar rashes may be signs of hidden coronavirus infection, especially in the young
Doctors recommend those with symptoms consider consulting a doctor, getting tested for the virus and self-isolation. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Antibody tests support what’s been obvious: Covid-19 is much more lethal than the flu
New data suggest coronavirus infections greatly outnumber confirmed cases — potentially by a factor of 10 or more. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Patients with certain cancers are nearly three times as likely to die of covid-19, study says
Those with blood or lung malignancies, or tumors that have spread throughout the body, were at highest risk of complications and death. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Pandemic triage: 29 plans, 29 different approaches for allocating ventilators amid a shortage
A paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine gives the first broad look at rationing documents used at a selection of academic medical centers to determine who gains access to breathing machines. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

‘Stink flirting’ is a thing — just ask a ring-tailed lemur
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CDC confirms six coronavirus symptoms showing up in patients over and over
Previously, the CDC listed just three known covid-19 symptoms: shortness of breath, cough and fever. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Angela Fritz Source Type: news

Stunning images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope
The iconic space telescope may be worn from wear and tear after 30 years, but it remains the most dominant tool in its field. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Angela Fritz Source Type: news

Britain’s national health authority issued a worrisome alert about children, covid-19 and potential complications
Britain's National Health Service is warning doctors and parents about an “apparent rise in the number of children of all ages presenting with a multi-system inflammatory state requiring intensive care." But experts stress that severe cases of covid are rare in children. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Aspirin may lower the risks of digestive tract cancers by 22 to 38 percent, a meta-analysis suggests
For all types, the longer people had taken the pain reliever, the better their odds of not developing colorectal, stomach and similar cancers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

White House is reviewing expanded guidance on reopening society
The detailed guidelines for schools and camps, child-care programs, certain workplaces, houses of worship, restaurants and mass transit have prompted sharp debate over some issues. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

In New York’s largest hospital system, many coronavirus patients on ventilators didn’t make it
The analysis is the largest and most comprehensive look at outcomes in the United States to be published so far. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Walking miles in a tiny urban courtyard as coronavirus curtails life
I enjoy my small daily touch of nature amid a concrete enclave. And I’m helping to “flatten the curve” by staying near home. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Candy Schulman Source Type: news

Young and middle-aged people, barely sick with covid-19, are dying of strokes
Doctors sound alarm about patients in their 30s and 40s left debilitated or dead by strokes. Some didn’t even know they were infected by coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

She fell more than 30 times. For three years, doctors couldn’t explain why.
A bevy of specialists tried to help but seemed stymied by her symptoms — and their narrow focus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra G. Boodman Source Type: news

Horseback-riding nurses and their courage and grit in Appalachia of the 1930s
“The Forgotten Frontier” details how these Depression-era medics brought critical and modern care to some of the nation’s poorest people. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

FDA warns about hydroxychloroquine dangers, citing serious heart issues, including death
The FDA warned Friday that people should not take chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for covid-19 outside of a hospital or clinical trial, citing reports of "serious heart rhythm problems." (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Young and middle-aged people, barely sick with covid-19, are dying from strokes
Doctors sound alarm about patients in their 30s and 40s left debilitated or dead by strokes. Some didn’t even know they were infected by coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Sunlight’s ultraviolet wavelengths have strengths, limitations in disinfecting against the coronavirus
Natural or man-made, the invisible light can be highly carcinogenic, with disinfecting results that vary widely. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jessica Seigel Source Type: news

Researchers found coronavirus in a patient’s eyes — days after it left her nose
A new medical report shows contagious particles of coronavirus can be found in the eyes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news