An unvaccinated teen who sued over school ban got chickenpox. His dad says that’s a good thing.
Being exposed to chickenpox naturally is "the best thing to do" to become immune, his father says. Health officials disagree. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Brice-Saddler Source Type: news

‘He is wrong’: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s family calls him out for anti-vaccine conspiracy theories
Two of his siblings and his niece say his anti-vaccine advocacy "is having heartbreaking consequences." (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kayla Epstein Source Type: news

GOP state legislator attacks vaccine scientist on Twitter, accusing him of self-enrichment, ‘sorcery’
It started with a report noting that Texas saw a 14 percent rise in parents opting out of their children’s vaccinations. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Deanna Paul Source Type: news

Obesity epidemic is led more by rural than urban populations
Massive study finds obesity rising faster in rural areas than cities, highlighting need for solutions to both. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

The Health 202: 'Heartbeat' bills illustrate rise of idealistic wing of antiabortion activists
They're likely to be overturned by the courts. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Hundreds of women die each year from pregnancy issues. Most of the deaths could be prevented
One-third of the women who died from pregnancy-related complications died weeks or months after childbirth, up to a year after their babies were born, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

700 women die each year from pregnancy issues. The CDC says most of these deaths could be prevented.
One-third of the women who died from pregnancy-related complications died weeks or months after childbirth, up to a year after their babies were born, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Georgia governor signs ‘heartbeat bill,’ giving the state one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation
The law bans most abortions once a doctor detects what they call “a fetal heartbeat in the womb,” which is usually about six weeks into a pregnancy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Wax-Thibodeaux Source Type: news

The Health 202: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, delivered her son in a country with better maternal mortality rates than the United States
The rates are especially troubling for African Americans. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

The Health 202: Meghan Markle delivered her son in a country with better maternal mortality rates than the United States
The rates are especially troubling for African Americans. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

What we know about the death of popular Christian writer Rachel Held Evans
Rachel Held Evans’s symptoms suggest she may have had encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

The Health 202: States aren't taking up the Trump administration's offer of Obamacare 'relief'
The House is also planning a vote on the subject. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

35 years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. This year, I’m celebrating my ‘cancerversary.’
Taking ownership of my emotions and enjoying my survivorship has been empowering for me — and many others. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

A medical condition or just a difference? The question roils autism community.
The fight causes a major divide that experts say may end up hurting research and funding. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alisa Opar Source Type: news

A rising trend in cancer care targets physical, existential threats patients confront
Palliative method targets the “whole-person” using mind-body practices, massage, stress and symptom management: “If I don’t live long, I want to make sure I live my best life.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Elizabeth Richards Source Type: news

I am terrified my newborn girl will inherit my 22-year-long eating disorder
She will be with me at almost every moment, see everything I do, hear everything I say, and her little sponge-brain will absorb it all. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kate Willsky Source Type: news

Documenting intriguing history of the movie industry — in the medical profession
The Medicine on Screen website offers a look at the often-rare films about scientific advances, STDs and health problems. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Spotlight shifts to Johnson & Johnson as first major opioid trial nears in Oklahoma
The family-friendly health care conglomerate is not generally associated with the opioid epidemic. But Oklahoma will try to prove its role in the drug crisis. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

San Francisco sues Trump administration, calls conscience rule a ‘perversion’ of civil rights mission
City Attorney Dennis Herrera said to the Department of Health and Human Services: "It should be struck down in full." (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

The Health 202: Trump administration sides with religious conservatives in key new policy
It's all about 'conscience protections.' (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

West Virginia reaches $37 million opioid settlement with drug shipper McKesson
The company admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to pay a record sum. Officials accused it of sending 100 million doses of narcotics in six years to a state with 1.8 million people. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Trump touts new faith-based protections for health-care workers at National Day of Prayer ceremony
The rule was proposed in 2018. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

FDA won’t ban breast implants linked to cancer at this time
A month after a dramatic hearing in which many women called on the Food and Drug Administration to ban a type of breast implant linked to a rare cancer, the agency said it won’t take that action now b... (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Caster Semenya ruling uses an unscientific definition of who is female, critics say
The Wednesday decision has prompted an outcry from human rights groups and medical researchers who call the idea “unscientific” and say it sets a dangerous precedent for using biological measures to justify discrimination. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Alabama Democrat on abortions: ‘Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later’
State Rep. John Rogers was speaking against a bill criminalizing abortion in Alabama. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Mettler Source Type: news

Hundreds quarantined on cruise ship in St. Lucia because of measles infection
The vessel was locked down in an attempt to stymie any potential spread of the highly contagious disease. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reis Thebault Source Type: news

The Health 202: CBO analysis shows single-payer health system would be messy
Medicare-for-all advocates should take note. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Medicare-for-all plans get a reality check
A Congressional Budget Office analysis laid out “opportunities and risks” of moving every American into a single government health plan. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

The Health 202: New CBO analysis could torpedo Medicare-for-all proposals
It's the other big news on the Hill today. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Suicide attempts using poison have surged among young people, particularly girls
The increase in the past decade is most extreme among girls. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - May 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

FDA clears Philip Morris’s heat-not-burn IQOS tobacco device for sale
The device is already sold in dozens of other countries with varying success, but it has triggered debate among U.S. health experts over whether IQOS would help or hurt overall public health. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

FDA clears Philip Morris’s heat-not-burn iQOS tobacco device
The Food and Drug Administration, after an almost two-year review, cleared Philip Morris’ iQOS — a heat-not-burn tobacco device designed as an alternative to conventional cigarettes — for sale in the... (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Medicare-for-all advocates get their first hearing on Capitol Hill
Supporters contend such a system would ensure universal coverage, be simpler and more cost-effective. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

The Health 202: Medicare-for-all champions might not hear what they want at first Hill hearing today
Witnesses aren't necessarily champions of a single-payer system. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

U.S. officials say measles cases hit 25-year record high
It represents a huge setback for public health after measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Even a little exercise can mean big improvements in your health
Easy ways to get moving include walking, hitting the gym or investing in home fitness equipment. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

Why Vermont’s single-payer effort failed and what Democrats can learn from it
“Don’t sell an idea to Americans that you can’t achieve,” the former governor says. “That’s the mistake I made.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

The Health 202: Trump needs help from Pelosi to notch a big drug pricing win
Medicare's Part D is the big question. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

A play that hopes to smash the stigma surrounding mental illness
“The Manic Monologues” features dozens of true stories about those struggling with such disorders. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

The Big Number: The average U.S. adult sits 6.5 hours a day. For teens, it’s even more
Computer use gets much of the blame for this trend in sedentary behavior, research says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

‘I want out of this body’: I can’t move, talk or breathe on my own. But I’m still in there thinking, remembering my old life.
Two years ago, I was running around with my kids, hiking with my wife. All that is over. Now an eye blink means yes, a head nod is a no. And a specialized computer is my lifeline (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rahul Desikan Source Type: news

A surprising number of children are accidentally poisoned. Simple steps can prevent that.
Inadvertent access to medications, including opioids, are a major concern. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Sohn Source Type: news

If air at home seems to bother you, try to remove the sources of irritants first
Most people don’t need purifiers unless they have a health condition that would benefit. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jill U. Adams Source Type: news

Hundreds of students and staff from two L.A. universities remain quarantined amid measles scare
UCLA and California State University at Los Angeles said hundreds of students were exposed to people infected with measles earlier this month. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Brice-Saddler Source Type: news

With a stroke, your best chance is going to the best hospital. But the ambulance might not take you there.
State rules for where such patients go are all over the map. So the EMS may go to only the nearest facility. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christine Vestal Source Type: news

Hospitals, patients sue to block new liver transplant rules
A new policy would reallocate some organs toward big-city medical centers, where the shortage is most severe and demand is highest. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

UCLA and Cal State L.A. quarantine hundreds of students and staff in measles outbreak
UCLA and California State University at Los Angeles said hundreds of students were exposed to people infected with measles earlier this month. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Brice-Saddler Source Type: news

Trump abortion ‘gag’ rule blocked by federal judge
Regulation targeted low-income women and Planned Parenthood (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fred Barbash Source Type: news

Male angst prompts a new fertility service: sperm freezing
New businesses are capitalizing on research that explodes the notion that men can easily father healthy children into their 70s and 80s. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

A bloodsucking ‘kissing bug’ was found in Delaware. Beware its poop.
Triatomine bugs head for the eyes and lips and leave behind parasite-infested poop. They're usually found farther south. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Horton Source Type: news