Health agencies’ funding cuts challenge coronavirus response
Almost 60,000 positions have been lost from local public health agencies since 2008 (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

CRISPR is fueling a modern-day scientific revolution. ‘Human Nature’ documentary looks at its promise and potential perils.
The gene-editing tool offers a mind-boggling number of possible applications, such as creating disease therapies or even hybrid organisms. But what about supersoldiers? (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Coronavirus continues its rapid spread, confounding efforts by global leaders
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Colby Itkowitz Source Type: news

When an emergency room suspected I had coronavirus, things got serious fast
One doctor called me “Patient Zero,” as I was whooshed into isolation. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Josh Dawsey Source Type: news

Naps don’t work for everyone. Genetic differences are why.
I wake up from a quick sleep feeling like I’m in the throes of a New Year’s Day-strength hangover. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Hirschlag Source Type: news

How doctors treat the sickest coronavirus patients
A new study from Wuhan shows how doctors used artificial respiration, experimental drugs and other treatments to try to save patients with pneumonia from coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Booth Source Type: news

Persistent depressive disorder is difficult to diagnose and treat, but I found help
My new treatment has helped improve my life. The disorder is difficult to live with and its symptoms are hard to manage. They are manageable, however. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Heather Jones Source Type: news

What went wrong with the coronavirus tests in the U.S.
Glitches, missed opportunities and delays left the United States far behind. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

21 people test positive for coronavirus on California cruise ship, out of 46 tested so far
Among the 46 people swabbed, 24 were negative and one was inconclusive. Nineteen of the positive tests came from crew members, Vice President Pence said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brady Dennis Source Type: news

So you’ve been asked to self-quarantine. Here’s what you should know.
Being asked to stay home doesn't mean you're necessarily sick with coronavirus. Here's what it does mean, and some suggestions on how to make the best of it. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meryl Kornfield Source Type: news

U.S. coronavirus fatality rate could be lower than global rate so far
Experts search for the denominator in the ratio of deaths to infections. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Cruise ship with thousands awaits test results as coronavirus continues spreading around the country
Cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in Maryland and Nevada, bringing to 19 the number of states with infections; 12 people have died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reed Albergotti Source Type: news

Washington state asked the U.S. stockpile for coronavirus masks. The response raises concerns.
Washington state's request for masks from the U.S. government's stockpile to protect against coronavirus highlights a problem with preparedness. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Health care workers worry about coronavirus protection
As caregivers fall sick with covid-19 or are in isolation, staffing hospitals and nursing homes is a critical challenge. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Mettler Source Type: news

Go ahead and open that package from China. Coronavirus doesn’t spread by mail.
No, you won't get coronavirus in the mail, according to experts. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news

Death toll grows as state, federal governments struggle to control coronavirus
California declares state of emergency; infections grow in New York, Los Angeles. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brady Dennis Source Type: news

Expanded coronavirus testing may overwhelm lab capacity, say some experts
But others praised the move, saying doctors’ judgment should be key. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Go ahead and open that package. Coronavirus doesn’t spread by mail.
No, you won't get coronavirus in the mail, according to experts. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news

How the coronavirus compares with the flu
Both are seasonal respiratory illnesses. Both have similar symptoms. Both are contagious. Both can be deadly. So why the nationwide coronavirus frenzy? (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Mettler Source Type: news

Should I get tested for coronavirus? Here’s when to stay home, or to see a doctor.
If you wouldn't see a doctor were it not for the coronavirus outbreak, experts say you don't need to see one now. You might want to call your physician if you have both a fever and a cough. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

Should I get tested for coronavirus? Here’s when to stay home or see a doctor.
If you wouldn't see a doctor were it not for the coronavirus outbreak, experts say you don't need to see one now. You might want to call your physician if you have both fever and a cough. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

How bad will the coronavirus outbreak get in the U.S.?
Early models suggest it could be a historic pandemic on the scale of the 1957 flu (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Coronavirus has claimed six U.S. lives; patients being treated in at least 15 states
“We know there will be more cases,” Vice President Pence said at a news conference. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maria Sacchetti Source Type: news

Worries about medical bills and lost pay may hamper coronavirus efforts in the United States
Skimpy health insurance and lack of sick days are likely to make communities more vulnerable. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

How is the coronavirus outbreak going to end? Here’s how similar epidemics played out.
Past epidemics point to three possible outcomes for coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

‘STOP BUYING MASKS’: Health officials beg Americans to stop panic-shopping
Masks should be reserved for health-care workers or those who are already sick, officials say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katie Mettler Source Type: news

Many young children are now going without health insurance
The number of uninsured kids younger than 6 has spiked above a million for the first time since most of the Affordable Care Act was implemented in 2014. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Ollove Source Type: news

The Big Number: 39,717 organ transplants in the U.S. last year
A record was set, with kidneys transplants the most numerous (23,401), followed by livers (8,896) and hearts (3,551). Yet many who need an organ can’t get one. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Coronavirus may have spread undetected for weeks in Washington state, which reported first two deaths in U.S.
New research suggests community transmission since mid-January. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Better rat control in cities starts by changing human behavior
Common approaches to managing rodents often fail to address the most important factor contributing to infestations: Our prolific waste of food. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael H. Parsons Source Type: news

His hands shook uncontrollably for a decade. MRI-guided ultrasound surgery finally relieved the tremors.
This bloodless high-tech procedure helped a retired dentist regain a steady hand to write, paint and play guitar. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul-Kareem Ahmed Source Type: news

A young cancer patient found an exercise bike helped him endure chemotherapy. Now he wants others to have the same chance.
“I felt like I was helping myself stay healthy.” Bike to Fight is placing exercise bikes on adolescent and young adult oncology floors in hospitals nationwide. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Opipari Source Type: news

First coronavirus death in U.S. and new cases detected as testing expands
New travel restrictions announced on Iran, South Korea and Italy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Gig workers face the spread of the new coronavirus with no safety net
Drivers for Uber and Lyft and delivery people for Instacart and DoorDash are independent contractors and don’t get sick leave or healthcare benefits. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nitasha Tiku Source Type: news

Trump misidentifies first coronavirus fatality in U.S. as a woman
Death was reported Saturday in the Seattle area. New travel restrictions on Iran, South Korea and Italy have been imposed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Should older adults get cognitive screening? A key U.S. medical panel declines to endorse the idea.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which helps inform policies set by Medicare and insurance companies, cited insufficient evidence so far that tests are helpful. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Judith Graham Source Type: news

New FDA policy will expand coronavirus testing
FDA allows certified hospital labs to create and use their own coronavirus covid-19 tests. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Hormone therapy, long shunned for a possible breast cancer link, is now seen as a short-term treatment for menopause symptoms
Researchers say fear of hormones for hot flashes, mental fogginess and libido problems was a misreading of a landmark 2002 study (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christie Aschwanden Source Type: news

Hormone therapy, long shunned for a possible breast cancer link, is now seen as safe — and helpful — as a short-term treatment for most women in the throes of menopause.
Researchers say fear using hormone for hot flashes, mental fogginess and libido problems was a misreading of a landmark 2002 study (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christie Aschwanden Source Type: news

Coronavirus is spreading through communities on the West Coast
Cases were reported in Santa Clara County, Calif., Oregon and Washington on Friday. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

I thought I knew a lot about how to prevent heart disease. I was surprised by what I didn’t know.
Cardiologists now say “no” to baby aspirin, fish oil and warn that younger women should be aware of greater death risk if they do have a heart attack. Also, beware the switch to daylight saving time. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Science historian examines how an anti-overdose medication helped revolutionize America’s view of drug addiction
Nancy D. Campbell’s book looks at the influence of naloxone over the nation’s attitude about the prevention of ODs and drug users. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Coronavirus is spreading through three more communities on the West Coast
Cases were reported in Santa Clara County, Calif., Oregon and Washington on Friday. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Gov. Jay Inslee’s blunt advice to Pence on coronavirus: Stick to the science
“I told him our work would be more successful if the Trump administration stuck to the science and told the truth,” the Washington governor said he told the vice president during a call Thursday. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

What you need to know about coronavirus
What began at a wholesale food market in a vast central China city has now traveled the world, jumping from animals to humans and from obscurity to international headlines. Here is what we know so far about coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Washington Post Staff Source Type: news

The death toll of the opioid epidemic is higher than originally thought, researchers say
Opioid-related overdoses could be 28 percent higher than reported, researchers found. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meryl Kornfield Source Type: news

California undertakes extensive effort to trace contacts of woman with coronavirus
Governor calls on federal officials to quickly overhaul their faulty testing process so they can protect state residents. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Geoffrey A. Fowler Source Type: news

Coronavirus testing widened as California case makes containment more urgent
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

U.S. workers without protective gear assisted coronavirus evacuees, HHS whistleblower says
The whistleblower alleges she was improperly reassigned after raising concerns with HHS Secretary Alex Azar's office. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Key terms of the coronavirus outbreak, explained: From asymptomatic to zoonotic
To understand covid-19, it helps to know what these words and phrases mean. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news