Health advocates worry about an FDA without Scott Gottlieb
With Scott Gottlieb leaving the FDA, public health advocates worry that some of his public health goals will go unfinished. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

What is pancreatic cancer? Alex Trebek’s difficult diagnosis.
Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

What is pancreatic cancer, and how likely is Alex Trebek to beat it?
Pancreatic cancer has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

The Health 202: The Trump administration is embracing part of Obamacare in order to loosen more health insurance rules
And not everyone is happy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Health-care providers say CDC’s opioid guidelines are harming pain patients
In a letter to the government health agency, more than 300 caregivers contend that people in chronic pain are being denied the medication they need. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Alabama judge allows man to sue clinic on behalf of aborted fetus
Abortion rights groups expressed alarm at the decision, saying it sets a dangerous precedent at a time when the idea of “fetal rights” — which recognize embryos and fetuses as separate from a woman — is gaining currency in the legislatures and courts. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Long overlooked by science, pregnancy is finally getting attention it deserves
Pregnancy is essential to the future of humanity, and it’s way too mysterious. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

The Health 202: One GOP senator is urging the drug industry to make good on lowering prices
Sen. Mike Braun wants to ban rebates in private sector. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paulina Firozi Source Type: news

In biggest advance for depression in years, FDA approves novel treatment for hardest cases
The nasal spray works in a new way and is based on an old anesthetic, ketamine, that has been used as a party drug (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Teen who defied anti-vax mom says she got false information from one source: Facebook
If it weren't for the misinformation his mother saw on Facebook, Lindenberger told The Washington Post, “my entire family could’ve been vaccinated.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Brice-Saddler Source Type: news

Senate panel warns of dangers of anti-vaccine movement
Top official overseeing Washington state's worst measles outbreak in two decades says U.S. government needs a national campaign to counter false information about vaccines, much like the anti-smoking campaigns launched decades ago. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

FDA Commissioner Gottlieb, who raised alarms about teen vaping, resigns
The 46-year-old physician, former venture capitalist and drug consultant will leave in about a month. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Planned Parenthood, American Medical Association sue Trump administration over abortion ‘gag rule’
The announcement comes a day after California and a coalition of 20 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration over the the same Title X program changes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

The Health 202: Obamacare remains unaffordable for some. But Congress doesn't plan on fixing it.
'I look for where I can get a result,' said HELP Chair Lamar Alexander. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

This teen got vaccinated against his mother’s wishes. Now, he’ll testify before Congress.
Ethan Lindenberger will appear before a Senate committee devoted to preventing disease outbreaks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kayla Epstein Source Type: news

ACA premiums rising beyond reach of older, middle-class consumers
New findings offer ammunition to those seeking to fix — or jettison — health-care law (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

A decade after the first person was cured of HIV, a second patient is in long-term remission
The London man’s case, cautiously reported in the journal Nature as still too “premature” to be declared a cure, comes a decade after Timothy Brown, known in medical circles as the “Berlin patient,” was cured by a similar stem cell transplant. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

21 states to file suit to block Trump administration’s abortion ‘gag rule’ in family planning program
The suit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, is the first of what is expected to be a flurry of challenges to the new rule that impacts more than 4 million low-income women. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Snacking can be good for you if you make healthy choices
Here are ways to boost your calorie and protein intake with these little morsels. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

A teen got vaccinated against his parents’ wishes. Now, he’ll testify before Congress.
Ethan Lindenberger will appear before a Senate committee devoted to preventing disease outbreaks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kayla Epstein Source Type: news

The Health 202: Senators say they're serious about tackling surprise medical bills
But they're seeking a balance. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Unwise and unnecessary: Opioids for wisdom teeth extractions
Dentists are overprescribing these painkillers. Recent studies show youths are at risk of addiction. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ronnie Cohen Source Type: news

Black women and HIV: Oral history reveals their pain, disenfranchisement and endurance
Anthropologist’s work digs deep into the struggles of these “mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters and wives.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

The Big Number: 1,807 calls to poison control centers about herbal supplement kratom
Research says just over half of the calls involved serious medical outcomes, including 11 people who died. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

I’m a scientist studying brain illnesses. Now I’m a lock-in, living with one of them: Lou Gehrig’s disease.
I cannot speak, walk, swallow and can communicated with my eyes. Yet I refuse to stop my ALS research, hoping to find a cure. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rahul Desikan Source Type: news

The Health 202: Republicans appear open to the administration's Medicare threat to the pharmaceutical industry
Sen. Bill Cassidy is one of them. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

An American got sick in Taiwan. He came back with a tale of the ‘horrors of socialized medicine.’
Spoiler alert: it wasn't horrific at all. Taiwan has has a system people say works exceptionally well. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - March 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eli Rosenberg Source Type: news

FDA warns Canadian drug distributor about sending ‘unsafe’ drugs to U.S.
But a CanaRx representative said he was baffled by the action, saying it facilitates sales of ‘American brand name drugs only.’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein and Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Weekend ‘catch-up sleep’ is a lie
This is the most exhausting story you will read today (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

The Health 202: There are silent skeptics of Jayapal's Medicare-for-all measure
Only 7 of 42 House Democrats who flipped GOP-held districts in 2018 are co-sponsoring the measure. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Lawmaker promoting anti-vaxx bill suggests measles can be treated with antibiotics. (It can’t.)
Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler said that "with antibiotics and that kind of stuff," people are still dying from measles in the U.S. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

A woman was shot at close range, but it was her underwire bra that nearly killed her
The force of the bullet pushed the bra wire into her body like "a scythe," doctors say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy B Wang Source Type: news

The Health 202: Congress could have been tougher on drug executives
Five takeaways from the hearing on the Hill. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

The Health 202: 'There is no story I think they can tell that would justify the price increases.'
That's the assessment of one expert as drugmakers head to the Hill this morning. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Anti-vaxxers face backlash as measles cases surge
Several states are considering laws that would make it tougher to opt out of child vaccinations as Congress plans hearings on outbreaks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

FDA takes fresh look at whether opioids are effective for chronic pain
But a critic says the agency has all the information it needs to curb long-term use of the addictive painkillers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Are all those medical screening tests really necessary?
Here are four questions you should ask your doctor before you say yes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

A smoker wrote his own obituary to stop others: ‘Quit — now — your life depends on it’
Geoffrey Turner, who died from lung cancer, used his obituary to warn others about the dangers of smoking. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

The Health 202: Drug executives may have to defend these expensive medicines to Congress
Think Lyrica, Crestor, Keytruda. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

For older people who stay in their homes, help is needed but often is inadequate.
Sixty percent of these seniors report they rarely go outside and 25 percent often remain in bed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Judith Graham Source Type: news

Sorry, ER patients. People with elective procedures get the hospital beds first.
Elective patients have attributes that make them financially attractive. But there are efforts to make changes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Klasco Source Type: news

Big Number: Diet drinks linked to 23 percent increase in stroke risk in women
Consuming two artificially sweetened beverages a day also connected to heart disease. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Why crying over a terminal patient made me a better doctor
Showing emotion is seen as unprofessional. But I think clinical outcomes improve when we’re emotionally invested in medical care. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jalal Baig Source Type: news

After hitting ‘rock bottom,’ some addicts and alcoholics find a road to recovery
“I broke down weeping like a baby.” Interventions, support, meds, determination help some achieve long-term sobriety. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Rockey Fleming Source Type: news

How to stay up-to-date on medical scams, quackery, deadly treatments
The FDA’s Health Fraud Scams features product warnings, criminal investigations, videos and other information. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

‘Every 30 seconds another alarm is going off’: Neonatal ICUs can take their toll on parents
They have higher rates of depression, anxiety and PTSD. Extended hospital stays can even make them less nurturing. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amialya Durairaj Source Type: news

High syphilis rates linked to drug use, CDC report says
Results suggest that use of meth, heroin, other injection drugs may be driving some of the increase in the STD among heterosexuals. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anna Gorman Source Type: news

Trump administration bars clinics that provide abortions or abortion referrals from federal funding
Planned Parenthood, which stands to lose $60 million a year, calls on courts, Congress to block the rule. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

FDA warns consumers against ‘young blood’ plasma infusions for dementia, PTSD and other conditions
The Food and Drug Administration urges consumers to avoid clinics selling plasma treatments from young donors that purportedly treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other conditions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

At least 20 abortion cases are in the pipeline to the Supreme Court. Any one could gut Roe v. Wade.
Today’s emotional rhetoric has parallels to another politically volatile period in the early 1990s. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - February 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news