As a doctor, I must act when coronavirus politics threaten to harm my patients
I regularly hear patients malign the medicine and science that undergird our efforts against covid-19. The medical profession needs to help them understand the dangers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jalal Baig Source Type: news

‘Botanicum Medicinale’ uncovers ancient roots of herbal treatments, plants’ importance in modern medicine
Science writer Catherine Whitlock’s book features 100 plants, each with a long history of medical use. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Pregnant women are likely to have mild covid-19 cases but suffer prolonged symptoms, study finds
The median length of symptoms was 37 days. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brittany Shammas Source Type: news

Covid-19 death rates are lower worldwide, but no one is sure whether that’s a blip or a trend
Scientists warn against complacency in this ‘cliffhanger moment,’ saying even reduced lethality could mean millions more lives lost. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Trump pushes FDA to quickly clear coronavirus antibody treatments, erroneously calling them a ‘cure’
He vows the drug will soon be broadly available to Americans — even as the company says it would have enough this fall to treat only the number of Americans sickened in the past week. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

A week into a White House outbreak, CDC still playing only a limited role
Several White House staffers and administration officials expressed anger and bewilderment that the White House had not undertaken a more robust contact-tracing effort sooner. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Antibody treatment Trump touts relied on testing with cells derived from fetal tissue
The cell line is old enough that it would fall outside restrictions on federal funding of fetal tissue research the administration imposed last year. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Antibody treatment Trump touts relied on testing with fetal tissue he opposes
Critics say it is hypocritical for president to benefit from a therapy developed with abortion-derived cell lines which he and his supporters regard as unethical. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Trump politicizes promising coronavirus antibody treatments, erroneously calling them a ‘cure’
He vows the drug will soon be broadly available to Americans — even as the company says it would have enough this fall to treat only the number of Americans sickened in the past week. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

CDC chief’s letter greenlighting Pence for debate draws criticism
It is highly unusual, and perhaps unprecedented, for the CDC director to release a letter vouching for the health of a top public official. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

CDC chief’s letter green-lighting Pence for debate draws criticism
It is highly unusual, and perhaps unprecedented, for the CDC director to release a letter vouching for the health of a top public official. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

In the U.S., states — not science — decide what counts as a coronavirus outbreak
America’s patchwork pandemic response has led to wide disparities in data reporting and even in definitions for basic medical concepts. States have adopted divergent and sometimes unscientific approaches to disease control in the absence of federal standards, which experts say have allowed the coronavirus to spread. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Mooney Source Type: news

White House clears Food and Drug Administration coronavirus vaccine standards it tried to derail
The standards, which would be applied to an emergency use authorization for a vaccine, are the same as ones the agency proposed weeks ago. In many ways, they are similar to the standards for a traditional approval. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Trump’s determination to attend next week’s debate seen as part of pattern of recklessness
Health experts worry that his statements and behavior since his hospitalization for the coronavirus will undermine efforts to keep Americans safe. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Trump was treated with dexamethasone. Here’s what we know about its risks and side effects.
Dexamethasone — credited with improving the survival of severe covid-19 patients in a study — has side effects, including “psychic derangements,” according to the drug label. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meryl Kornfield Source Type: news

Trump leaves military hospital and enters ‘uncharted territory’
The president returns to the White House at a fraught moment in his recovery. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Frances Stead Sellers Source Type: news

CDC says airborne transmission plays a role in coronavirus spread in a long-awaited update after a website error last month
The update officially acknowledges growing evidence that under certain conditions, people farther than six feet apart can become infected by tiny droplets and particles that float in the air for minutes and hours, and that they play a role in the pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Americans say they’re drinking alcohol 14 percent more often in the pandemic 
The jump in drinking frequency has been higher for women and for adults ages 30 to 59, according to a study. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Prospect of Trump’s early hospital discharge mystifies doctors
They say he is in a particularly vulnerable window for covid-19 patients and is taking an unusual combination of treatments. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

A doctor gave me an inept diagnosis for a neurological problem. I should know: I’m a neurologist.
I offered to teach the staff at this medical center, but I got nowhere. I could not have been the first patient so poorly evaluated. Without doubt, I won’t be the last. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven H. Horowitz Source Type: news

In this chaotic pandemic, I weave together some type of order by restoring old chairs
At the end, I had things that felt complete, even if those objects belonged to a world that was still fractured, still falling apart. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Danielle Wozniak Source Type: news

Little evidence that White House has offered contact tracing, guidance to hundreds potentially exposed
“It’s like deer in the headlights,” said a staffer desperate for information. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Josh Dawsey Source Type: news

An army of doctors. Access to an experimental drug. A special patient gets special care.
In his battle with covid-19, President Trump is receiving care available to few others. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

The pandemic poses risks for older doctors. Some are retiring early in response.
Longtime practicing physicians and specialists are closing their offices. Experts says this will probably lead to major shortages of doctors and nurses in the future. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Covid-19 makes us think about our mortality. Our brains aren’t designed for that.
Denial about impending death is how humans get through daily life. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emma Pattee Source Type: news

Online crib sheets aid parents in dealing with children’s depression, anxiety, other issues
Facts for Families provides common-sense information about a variety of challenges — such as bullying, delirium and grief — that can affect kids’ mental health. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

President Trump’s transfer to Walter Reed reflects a cautious approach to treating his covid-19 symptoms
Nearly 80 percent of deaths, and most of the worst symptoms, occur in older people. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Trump’s infection is part of an ominous national trend as cases rise in most states
Coronavirus cases are up in 33 states and Puerto Rico, and hospitalizations are rising. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brady Dennis Source Type: news

Frequent testing could not insulate the president from the coronavirus
Trump and White House staffers underwent regular tests, but that was not enough without masks and social distancing. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Mufson Source Type: news

What we know about President Trump’s positive test for coronavirus
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karin Brulliard Source Type: news

Trump’s age, immune system and underlying health problems will chart his battle against covid-19
Nearly 80 percent of deaths, and most of the worst symptoms, occur in older people. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

With students — and covid-19 — on campuses, college towns look on warily
It reflects enduring town-and-gown friction, characterized in recent decades by clashes over student behavior and land use by universities. But never before have the conflicts played out amid a global pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karin Brulliard Source Type: news

Trump boasted he made insulin so cheap ‘it’s like water.’ Americans with diabetes beg to differ.
The president said at Tuesday’s debate that he lowered insulin prices. That’s not true — and, for some, the drug’s expense is a fatal barrier. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

These laboratory-made antibodies are a best bet for a coronavirus treatment, but there won’t be enough
Experts have big hopes for these specialized drugs created by living cells. But they are expensive and hard to scale up, so even success will have limited impact on the virus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Trump administration’s new rapid coronavirus tests plagued by confusion and a lack of planning
The new antigen tests are cheap and easy to use. But the White House’s hands-off approach in distributing them has sown confusion and concern, state officials say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Pfizer CEO on the pressures of creating a covid-19 vaccine: ‘What is at stake is beyond imagination’
Albert Bourla discusses the progress, hopes and the politics of a possible vaccine this fall. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KK Ottesen Source Type: news

Brain-eating amoeba in city’s water supply kills 6-year-old, leads Texas to declare a disaster
Lake Jackson, in Brazoria County, warned residents not to ingest water through the nose after the microbes were detected. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paulina Villegas Source Type: news

Judge Barrett’s writing criticizes the Supreme Court decision upholding Obama-era health law
President Trump’s nominee would bring a sharp shift in views on birth control from the liberal icon she would succeed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

CDC’s credibility is eroded by internal blunders and external attacks as coronavirus vaccine campaigns loom
The agency’s response to the worst public health crisis in a century has been marked by technical mistakes, botched messaging, false accusations and interference by Trump administration political appointees. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Drinking 1 to 4 cups of coffee daily may slow progression of colorectal cancer
Increasing consumption of the brew may also increase the benefits, researchers say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Caregivers of elderly loved ones face heavy emotional, physical, financial toll
More than 17 million Americans are dealing with this tough commitment, and many of them pay a steep price in stress, frustration and depression. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

More women gain ground in ultramarathons, other long-distance races
Men still dominate the sport, but women are starting to close the gap at some events. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda Loudin Source Type: news

The pain gripped his left ankle. Within months, it ominously began to spread.
Doctors were stumped. Then a specialist 8,000 miles away ordered a revealing scan. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra G. Boodman Source Type: news

Are you prepared to die? I am, and that’s the right way to live.
The pandemic has forced a new reality on many, to make sure they’re ready for “The End.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Gruesome story of the use of Black man’s heart for transplant, history of medical mistreatment of minorities
“The Organ Thieves” explains how a Va. hospital removed the heart of a Black factory worker without his family’s consent. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Health officials scramble to explain details of Trump’s $200 drug discount card
Democrats said the announcement that 33 million seniors would receive the one-time break was a political ploy funded by taxpayer money. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Fewer than 1 in 10 Americans show signs of past coronavirus infection, large national study finds
This suggests most may still be vulnerable to infection, authors say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

Child deaths tied to covid-19 remain remarkably low, months into U.S. pandemic
About 100 children and adolescents have succumbed to the disease even as the national death toll passes 200,000. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Child deaths from covid-19 remain remarkably low eight months into U.S. pandemic
About 100 children and adolescents have succumbed to the disease even as the national death toll passes 200,000. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Trump pledges to send $200 drug discount cards to Medicare recipients weeks before election; funding source unclear
The White House says the nearly $7 billion initiative could be funded with savings from a program yet to receive regulatory approval. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news