The coronavirus halted elective surgeries. Here’s how they’ll resume in New York.
Patients will not be able to receive these treatments in New York's hard-hit downstate hospitals. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

State, local health departments get $631 million to jump-start coronavirus testing, contact tracing
The money, while sizable, is just a fraction of what disease experts and health departments say will be needed in coming months. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Trump administration says it will pay hospitals for treating uninsured covid-19 patients
Health officials announce billions in aid to hospitals and other facilities in coronavirus hot spots and rural communities. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

In New York’s largest hospital system, 88 percent of 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 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

States rushing to reopen are likely making a deadly error, coronavirus models and experts warn
Closing America was hard. Math models show reopening will be even harder. As some states rush to ease restrictions, experts say it will feed new targets to the coronavirus and increase chances of new surges in infections. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

A mysterious blood-clotting complication is killing coronavirus patients
Once thought to be a relatively straightforward respiratory virus, covid-19 is proving to be much more complex and frightening (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

States could increase coronavirus testing this week with at-home kits, FDA commissioner says
Testing has remained an issue throughout the pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news

Autopsies find first U.S. coronavirus death occurred in early February, weeks earlier than previously thought
Tissue samples from people who died in Santa Clara County, Calif., tested positive for the virus, local officials said. The nation’s first confirmed deaths were previously believed to have occurred in Washington state in late February. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allyson Chiu Source Type: news

‘The numbers are low until it’s your child’: The coronavirus can be deadly for children, too.
Covid-19 has been ravaging older populations. In rare cases, it is having devastating effects on kids. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chelsea Janes Source Type: news

In two states, a vast testing gap shows what it means to have no national strategy
Kentucky and Rhode Island have done nearly the same number of coronavirus tests — but with vastly different sized populations. And that makes all the difference. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Juliet Eilperin Source Type: news

CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating
The nation's top public health official warned Tuesday that a second wave of the novel coronavirus would likely coincide with the start of flu season and could overwhelm the health system. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Hospitals tiptoe toward restarting non-emergency surgery and procedures
Treatment for cancer, heart disease and other issues would address pent-up demand and bring in badly needed revenue. But it hinges on the ability to test everyone. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Frances Stead Sellers Source Type: news

Anxiety is high because of coronavirus. Here’s how you can feel better.
Psychology professor says there are simple methods to safeguard your well-being, but they take some intention and some work. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katy Milkman Source Type: news

When covid-19 claimed two of their own, these EMTs grieved and kept on going
A close-knit N.J. ambulance crew struggles with unrelenting tragedy on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

60 percent of U.S. adults are feeling daily stress and worry, new Gallup poll shows
Survey shows an “unprecedented” increase in the number of anxious Americans. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

A blue dye from red beets may be a nontoxic alternative to colorants with toxic metals.
More safety tests are needed, but BeetBlue might be used to dye hair, customize clothes or color food. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erick Leite Bastos Source Type: news

Dozens of coronavirus antibody tests on the market were never vetted by the FDA, leading to accuracy concerns
Aggressive marketing of the tests could confuse those clamoring for the products to determine who may have disease-fighting antibodies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Patients with heart attacks, strokes and even appendicitis vanish from hospitals
Doctors puzzle over their disappearance, speculating, ‘Everybody is frightened to come to the ER.’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

The journey from scientific breakthrough to a life-changing cystic fibrosis drug
For 30 years, a treatment was just around the corner. After setbacks and triumphs, it’s finally here. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

First, the coronavirus pandemic took their jobs. Then, it wiped out their health insurance.
The suddenly uninsured are scrambling for health care and prescriptions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs
U.S. officials encouraged shipments before reversing course, documents show. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Juliet Eilperin Source Type: news

What to know about being pregnant during the covid-19 pandemic
Obstetricians have been adapting policies as evidence emerges. Here are the most common concerns and answers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

Isolation and covid-19: ‘Will I be trapped in my house for what seems like forever?’
People can be resilient in finding ways to adjust. But many are frustrated and fearful over the uncertainties of when the pandemic will end. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

A look at leukemia patients’ fear, survival and grace while fighting the disease
Mikkael Sekeres’s book, “When Blood Breaks Down,” tells the stories of three patients whose lives are upended by the cancer. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Leading model projects some states could reopen by May 4. Not so fast, say other modelers.
The clashing data and projections highlight the uncertainty U.S. leaders will face in coming months as they grapple with how to reopen the country. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Amid the push to reopen, states and businesses plead for more federal testing help
Officials are warning the Trump administration that they will be unable to safely reopen the U.S. economy without radically increasing the number of available tests. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Mufson Source Type: news

As U.S. coronavirus fatality rate rises to 5 percent, experts are still trying to understand how deadly this virus is
Testing shortages and shaky data leave the covid-19 death rate in murky territory. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Mooney Source Type: news

Future pandemics can be prevented, but that’ll rely on unprecedented global cooperation
International efforts on early warning systems, better public health and wildlife preservation are vital in fighting such infectious outbreaks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael C. Lu Source Type: news

Nurses, doctors take extreme precautions to avoid infecting family members
Across the country, exhausted health-care workers have changed the rhythms of their daily lives — sleeping away from their families and performing meticulous cleansing rituals — to keep the pathogen contained behind hospital doors. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments undermines efforts, experts say
Researchers describe a lack of a centralized national strategy, overlapping efforts and no standards for what data to collect or how to share it to get to answers faster. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments reveals another shortcoming in pandemic preparation
Researchers describe a lack of a centralized national strategy, overlapping efforts and no standards for what data to collect or how to share it to get to answers faster. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Coronavirus destroys lungs. But doctors are finding its damage in kidneys, hearts and elsewhere.
A small but growing body of evidence suggests the virus invades other organs and tissues, causing heart arrhythmias, blood clots and renal failure. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

CDC, FEMA have created a plan to reopen America. Here’s what it says.
FEMA and CDC officials worked on the plan for at least the past week and the resulting document has been discussed at the White House. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Coronavirus immunity remains big question mark for a country eager to reopen
“Immunity certificates” for covid-19 survivors, an idea being discussed at the highest levels of government, would require more data on the virus than scientists have. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Trump officials reject stricter air quality standards, despite link between air pollution, coronavirus risks
Environmental Protection Agency keeps current limits on soot in place, calling them “protective of public health.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Juliet Eilperin Source Type: news

More than 9,000 U.S. health-care workers have been infected with the coronavirus
Although most of them were not sick enough to be hospitalized, 27 died. As with the rest of the U.S. population, most deaths occurred among those ages 65 or older. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Former FDA chief grabs spotlight with coronavirus plans to ‘turn the lights back on’
A year after Scott Gottlieb resigned unexpectedly as Food and Drug Administration commissioner to return home to his family in Westport, Conn., he has never been in such demand — advising lawmakers, governors, members of the Trump administration and even the president himself about combating the novel coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

What U.S. leaders say affects whether Americans stay at home, CDC data suggests
Residents were more likely to stay at home after White House announcements, school closures and other policies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

A stunning 1 in 100 New York residents have now tested positive for coronavirus
The concentrations of cases in New York City and the state as a whole are apparently unmatched across the globe. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Mooney Source Type: news

Over 1 in 100 New York residents have now tested positive for coronavirus
The concentrations of cases in New York City and the state as a whole are apparently unmatched across the globe. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Mooney Source Type: news

About 50 percent of young adults who smoke began the habit as children, some as young as 6
The younger they were when they started, the more likely they were to become daily smokers in their 20s, study says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Michigan hospital system will test workers’ blood in effort to help reopen country
Researchers at Beaumont Health say their effort to test for coronavirus antibodies among 38,000 workers could provide critical information about immunity. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shane Harris Source Type: news

Why more men should see walking as a perfect form of exercise
Many, especially young ones, see it as boring and repetitive. But as a former avid runner, now in middle age, I see the activity in a better light. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrew Reiner Source Type: news

I’m a nurse in a psychiatric ward. Here’s how covid-19 slowly invaded our unit.
Some staff members are “floated” to other floors and medical units under dire conditions. More changes continue as the crisis hits our hospital. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Charlotte Coates Source Type: news

Dads need to tell sons about health exams, sex and diet. Usually they don’t.
Medical experts push the need for fathers to warn their kids about family-related illnesses, such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancers and mental problems. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eve Glicksman Source Type: news

Many men avoid doctors. That can be dangerous, even deadly, for them.
The reasons go beyond stubbornness, experts say. They are complicated, involving entrenched societal attitudes about masculinity and male behavior. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Medical databases show 1 in 10 hospitalized middle-aged coronavirus patients in U.S. do not survive
Men face higher mortality risk even when controlling for chronic diseases, data shows (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

An ICU doctor faces stress of a cancer diagnosis while treating covid-19 patients.
My medical degree isn’t sparing me from fears and uncertainties during this pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeremy Topin Source Type: news

More than half of men over 60 may have problems in the bedroom. Our columnist confesses.
Sexual dysfunction can be caused by smoking, diabetes, hypertension, but mainly by growing older, a urologist says. But there are ways to help with the problem. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Why starchy processed food causes us to overeat, gain weight and become ill
In “Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs,” author David Kessler explains how we need to switch to fresh fruits, cruciferous vegetables, tomatoes and legumes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news