Washington state Senate passes vaccine bill in rebuke to anti-vaxxers
The bill, a response to the worst measles outbreak in two decades, would make it harder for parents to opt their children out of shots. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

The Health 202: Democrats are encouraging changes to vaccination laws as measles outbreak grows
Trump hasn't urged more vaccinations, yet. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

An Israeli flight attendant contracted measles. Officials are now urging crews to get vaccinated.
Officials with Israel’s Ministry of Health said a 43-year-old flight attendant for the national airline El Al contracted measles. She had flown to Israel from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Gene therapy cures infants suffering from ‘bubble boy’ immune disease
After years of heartbreaking setbacks, researchers say they can restore immune systems in SCID babies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Gene therapy cures infants with ‘bubble boy’ immune disease
After years of heartbreaking setbacks, researchers say they can restore immune systems in SCID babies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Scientists 3-D-printed a tiny human heart. They hope it can revolutionize transplants.
Scientists created an artificial heart with human tissue. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Deanna Paul Source Type: news

The Health 202: Bernie Sanders says Medicare-for-all would reduce health spending. But that's unclear.
It depends on which assumptions you use. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

FDA orders manufacturers to halt sales of vaginal mesh used in many pelvic procedures
The agency ordered the two remaining manufacturers of surgical mesh used for certain pelvic operations to stop selling the products immediately, citing the lack of a “reasonable assurance” of safety and effectiveness. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

The Health 202: Obamacare marketplaces fare better in states that embrace them
Sebelius graded the marketplaces at 'maybe a 'B' or 'C-plus.'" (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Unaware he had measles, a man traveled from N.Y. to Michigan, infecting 39 people
How one traveler who contracted measles in New York City traveled to the Detroit area and got 39 people sick. And how health officials tracked him down to control the outbreak. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

CDC reports 90 new measles cases as outbreak approaches record
The U.S. total is now 555 after the third consecutive week of increases, approaching a record since the disease was "eliminated" in 2000. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

At least 8 killed, dozens injured as flash floods and tornadoes hit the South
From Texas to Georgia, nearly 90,000 were left without power as storms ripped through. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Source Type: news

Unraveling why some people get not one, not two, but many cancers
Multiple primary versions can arise by themselves, experts say. Researchers look into past treatments, environments and genetics as the culprits. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

The disturbing links between too much weight and several types of cancer
Being overweight or obese — long implicated in heart disease and diabetes — is now associated with getting at least 13 types of cancer. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

New cancer therapies offer great hope, but there can be surprising complications
An oncologist says the pace of change in treatment has been staggering, but for many patients, chemo is still right. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ravi Parikh Source Type: news

New cancer therapies offer great hope, but there can be suprising complications
An oncologist says the pace of change in treatment has been staggering, but for many patients, chemo is still right. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ravi Parikh Source Type: news

At cancer centers, volunteers are more than just helpers. They’re family.
As a cancer survivor, I know they provide hope for life after the illness. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

The HPV vaccine is important for preteens and teenagers. What about older women?
A doctor explores the pros and cons of a 45-year-old getting the shots against a disease that can cause cervical, oral and anal cancers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Daphne Miller Source Type: news

‘If I had known cancer was linked to implants, I would never have gotten them’
Some women have been diagnosed with BIA-ALCL, a rare type of lymphoma. There have been 600 reported cases worldwide, with 17 deaths. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susan Berger Source Type: news

Tracking a sensitive topic: Menstrual health in women
About 500 million women worldwide lack adequate facilities for managing their cycles. This clearinghouse provides a great deal of information and help. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

CDC blames ground beef for mystery E. coli outbreak that sickened more than 100 people in 6 states
The CDC was perplexed over the source of a multistate E. coli outbreak. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Horton Source Type: news

The Health 202: Republicans want to look like pioneers on preexisting conditions protections
That's a tough image to craft, given Obamacare. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Antiabortion ‘heartbeat’ bills are illegal. Why do Republicans keep passing them?
It's all about the new Supreme Court. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Mettler Source Type: news

How does measles spread? Do I need another MMR vaccine shot? How dangerous is measles? FAQ on the outbreaks.
Answers to your questions about measles and the current outbreaks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

New York City vaccination order shines spotlight on insular Jewish community
The city sends disease detectives to Williamsburg to trace the contacts of 285 people who’ve come down with measles since October. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

The Health 202: Lawmakers are trying to prove they're serious about lowering drug costs
The House is eyeing an early May vote. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Trump administration appeals rulings that blocked Medicaid work requirements
Justice Department asks appeals court to let Kentucky and Arkansas programs go forward. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

The Health 202: Bernie Sanders is about to roll out an even more expansive Medicare-for-all bill
It proposes to cover long-term care, a steeply expensive benefit. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

New York City orders mandatory shots in toughest U.S. action to date against measles
At least 285 people have contracted measles in New York City in an outbreak that is "very, very troubling," Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Tuesday. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

E. Coli outbreak sickens nearly 100 in five states, and nobody knows where it’s coming from
One food-borne illness expert said it's "perplexing" the CDC has yet to pinpoint the source to a specific food item, grocery store or restaurant chain. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Brice-Saddler Source Type: news

New York City declares public health emergency amid measles outbreak, orders mandatory vaccinations
At least 285 people have contracted measles in New York City in an outbreak that is "very, very troubling," Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said Tuesday. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Horton Source Type: news

How does measles spread and other frequently asked questions about measles
Answers to your questions about measles and the current outbreaks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Orthodox Jewish yeshivas banned from sending unvaccinated students to school in New York
The New York City Department of Health said yeshivas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that do not comply will face violations and possible closure. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

The Health 202: Drug maker accuses FDA of hampering its medication for opioid treatment
Braeburn wants its competitor's special selling status for a key drug revoked. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

CDC finds 78 new measles cases as outbreak sprints toward record and experts blame anti-vaxxers
The number of people sickened by the highly contagious and occasionally deadly disease climbed by 78 during the first week of April. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reis Thebault Source Type: news

The Health 202: Pharmacy middlemen are under scrutiny for pushing up drug prices
The drug pricing chain is notoriously opaque and complex. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Between a rock and a hard place: I need exercise to fight my depression, but my disability thwarts my workouts.
How I constantly deal with myalgic encephalomyelitis, my dark moods and physical fitness. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Litsa Dremousis Source Type: news

For CBD food craze, regulations and restrictions are all over the map
The FDA still restricts the use of the cannabis extract, while more states liberalize their policies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sophie Quinton Source Type: news

There’s a serious problem plaguing some older people: Loneliness
Health-care programs, experts are tackling such isolation with some strategic solutions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Judith Graham Source Type: news

For hospital patients, bedside tablets and apps are providing some control over care
The interactive systems often give access to charts, lab results, medicine dosage, photos of doctors and nurses, and entertainment. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Fran Kritz Source Type: news

Yes, a recent attack concerns me, but I still run the trails in mountain lion country
In this part of Colorado, we coexist with wildlife. A healthy fear keeps us watchful but doesn’t scare us off — even from big cats. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jill Rothenberg Source Type: news

Dissecting brains to find the biological answers to the mysteries of mental disorders
With freezers full of 3,000 brains, the Lieber Institute tries to figure out — and maybe cure — schizophrenia, PTSD, depression and other such illnesses. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Mullin Source Type: news

The Big Number: 17.6 million Americans suffer from alcoholism
Beyond affecting everyday life functioning, alcohol abuse increases risk of cancer, liver cirrhosis, heart problems and stroke. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Engaging talks about disease outbreaks, drug resistance, disabilities and global health challenges
The “Contagious Conversations” podcast looks at public health issues through the lens of journalism, advocacy and philanthropy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Dozens have fallen ill during a five-state E. Coli outbreak, and nobody knows where it’s coming from
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to pinpoint the source to a specific food item, grocery store or restaurant chain. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Brice-Saddler Source Type: news

NIH director apologizes for 'mishandled’ security that blocked Iranian scientists
In an email Friday to all personnel, NIH Director Francis Collins said he is “deeply troubled” that a Georgetown University graduate student was interrupted during a presentation that was part of an application for a postdoctoral fellowship and escorted from campus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Bad diets kill more people around the world than smoking, study says
A new study suggests that poor diets are responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor, leading to 11 million fatalities worldwide each year. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

The Health 202: HHS says it can't place unaccompanied migrant children with sponsors as fast as they're coming in
Alex Azar says his agency now has 12,340 migrant children in its care, up from the 11,500. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

FDA, N.Y. attorney general take steps to police stem cell industry
The actions are part of a growing attempt to regulate a burgeoning industry that critics say has injured and cheated people desperate for relief. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

The Health 202: Years after an experimental stem cell therapy blinded patients, the FDA is still trying to stop it
Scott Gottlieb is about to take his final bow at the agency. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - April 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paulina Firozi Source Type: news