The Big Number: 2 million Americans get treated for heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis
The condition develops when the band of tissue on the bottom of your foot that supports the arch becomes inflamed or strained. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Hospital alarms prove a noisy misery for patients: ‘I feel like I’m in jail.’
The safety devices are everywhere in health-care facilities, but they also create a riot of disturbances for staff and patients. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Bailey Source Type: news

A doctor gave me false hope about my dad’s cancer survival. It made his death much more devastating.
Losing a loved one is hard enough. Had I known his death was so near, I would have been more prepared — and more gentle. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alisa Schindler Source Type: news

Why our free flu shots actually cost us down the road
Many people don’t realize their insurers foot the bill. Those companies will eventually recoup their expense — through us. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Phil Galewitz Source Type: news

Her lungs seemed to be a mess. But the problem that nearly killed her lay elsewhere.
Why multiple drugs and repeated treatments failed to stem a Virginia teacher’s alarming deterioration. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra G. Boodman Source Type: news

Agency shows which alternative medical approaches are useful and safe — and which ones aren’t
Website for the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health offers a trove of research-based information. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

In apparent shift, Trump warns about dangers of banning flavored e-cigarettes
During a robust debate on youth vaping, the president expresses support for raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Don’t eat romaine lettuce from California’s Salinas Valley, CDC warns
A total of 40 people in 16 states have been sickened. Twenty-eight people have been hospitalized, including five with severe kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

‘Popcorn lung’ may have brought teen close to death after vaping for months, doctors say
The teen was hospitalized for 47 days and narrowly avoided a double lung transplant, his doctors said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brittany Shammas Source Type: news

Top Trump health official spent $3 million on contractors who helped boost her visibility
One proposal urged a Women’s Day interview, attendance at the Kennedy Center Honors and speeches at big events. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Senators grill Stephen Hahn, nominee to head the FDA, on vaping policy
Stephen Hahn, nominated to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, faced questions on tobacco from lawmakers of both parties during his Senate confirmation hearing. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Critics say ‘junk plans’ are being pushed on ACA exchanges
The Trump administration is encouraging consumers on the Obamacare individual market to seek help from private brokers, who are permitted to sell short-term health insurance plans that critics deride as “junk” because they don’t protect people with preexisting conditions, or cover costly services such as hospital care, in many cases. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Shooting victims have increased risk of mental harm long after physical injuries have healed, study finds
Gun victims suffer mentally for years even when physical injuries are minor. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Conservative women’s groups press Trump to crack down on underage vaping
Health groups, Democratic lawmakers and other underage vaping foes push back against Trump's retreat from a comprehensive ban of flavored e-cigarettes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Pharmacy chains face October 2020 trial over their role in the opioid crisis
A federal judge also wants to send three cases to other courts, hoping to put new life in the effort to resolve thousands of cases against the drug industry (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

‘Meth. We’re on it,’ South Dakota says in ridiculed ad campaign that cost $449,000
“I’m sure South Dakota residents don’t like being laughed at. That’s what’s happening right now," one marketing expert said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Michael Brice-Saddler Source Type: news

Americans have questions about Medicare-for-all. Canadians have answers.
“I’ve never had to reach into my wallet for anything other than my health-care card,” says an Alberta cancer survivor. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Ramping up exercise tied to lowered heart disease risk in older adults, study says
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lisa Rapaport Source Type: news

Research into the health effects of hearing loss suggests hearing aids might reduce dementia risk
Studies have linked hearing loss to brain health and memory issues. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

The Big Number: 6 to 8 feet — that’s how far germs can fly after you sneeze or cough
Researchers also say a hearty achoo can spew forth droplets at speeds of up to 100 mph. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Suffering from bad knees, some look for alternatives to surgery
Methods for possible relief can take time, assuming the damage isn’t too far gone, and include cartilage repair, weight loss, acupuncture, external braces, among others. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sally Squires Source Type: news

Your diagnosis was wrong. Could doctor bias have been a factor?
Some stats are disturbing, but experts say it’s difficult to judge whether some misdiagnoses are caused by racism or sexism or unrelated issues. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eve Glicksman Source Type: news

As her grandparents’ love was tested by dementia, a photographer focused on their bond
Sofie Mathiassen’s images win a prize from group raising awareness about the disease. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Olivier Laurent Source Type: news

Stents and bypass surgery are no more effective than drugs for stable heart disease, highly anticipated trial results show
Long-awaited study results may finally settle the question of when to use stents and bypass surgery in patients with stable heart disease, showing that drugs work equally as well in preventing heart attacks, strokes and heart-related death. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

My elderly mom was treated in the ER, recovered and came home. Then the surprise medical bills started coming in.
My attempt to resolve a charge from one of the many health professionals who tended her turned into a frustrating journey through our nation’s health insurance bureaucracy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carol Sottili Source Type: news

Anxious and depressed as a scary disease destroyed her lungs, she turned to ecstasy for relief. Here’s what happened.
MDMA-guided psychotherapy is being tested for people with PTSD. After two “trips” with the psychotropic drug, she saw the promise. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Hogate Bacon Source Type: news

When undergoing chemo or radiation, cancer patients need to avoid diseases. CDC provides vital tips.
Agency’s website features educational materials about viruses, bugs and neutropenia for patients, caregivers and health-care providers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Oklahoma judge lowers Johnson & Johnson payment in opioid verdict
Correcting a math error he made, Judge Thad Balkman said the giant health care company must pay the state $465 million, not $572 million. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

New Trump rule to make more health care rates public
The hospital industry says it will sue to stop it from taking effect. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Majority of anti-vaccine ads on Facebook were funded by two groups
A group headed by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and a California-based organization bought 54 percent of the anti-vaccine ads on Facebook. Researchers said the study shows how a small group of anti-vaccine ad buyers successfully used the social media platform to reach targeted audiences. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

No morning sickness, no bump: A model says she didn’t know she was pregnant until giving birth
Erin Langmaid says her daughter was born just 10 minutes after she unexpectedly went into labor. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

FDA panel endorses wider use of fish-oil drug to protect against heart problems
Vascepa may protect against heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems for some patients with high triglycerides. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Deadly superbugs pose greater threat than previously estimated
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

A young athlete just received what doctors say is first double lung transplant due to vaping
“What I saw in his lungs was nothing that I’ve ever seen before, and I’ve been doing lung transplants for 20 years,” the hospital's surgical director said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Derek Hawkins Source Type: news

A growing problem: Pregnancy vs. high blood pressure
Study points out dangers, provides tips on monitoring health of mother and baby. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

Taking steps to establish a National Volunteer Care Corps to help older adults
If successful, the program would connect healthy retirees and young adults to the elderly who need various forms of help. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Judith Graham Source Type: news

A young doctor tries to leave her emotions at home, but finds it isn’t that easy.
I was trying to protect myself. Sometimes that meant losing my humanity when dealing with patients, families. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isobel Rosenthal Source Type: news

My mom kept her breast cancer diagnosis a secret from me. It’s an all-too-common tale.
Parents may think they’re protecting their kids from pain, but keeping such secrets can do more harm than good. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allison Hirschlag Source Type: news

Hypnotherapy isn’t magic, but it helps some patients cope with surgery and recovery
The technique has been used for decades in Europe for minimally invasive procedures. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Debra Bruno Source Type: news

Exploring the long fight against lead poisoning in the United States
Online exhibition tells the stories of activists who mobilized against exposure toxic metal. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blake Source Type: news

3 infants died after being fed infected breast milk. The hospital kept their families in the dark, a lawsuit alleges.
On Friday, the hospital announced that its own equipment contaminated the milk with bacteria. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Potential culprit found in vaping-related lung injuries and deaths
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

A few simple questions could help doctors stem the suicide epidemic
But ERs say they lack the resources to screen patients for suicidal thoughts. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Juul halts sales of mint-flavored e-cigarettes, its most popular product
Juul announced it will selling mint, its most popular e-cigarette flavor. The move comes ahead of an expected White House ban on flavored e-cigarettes except for menthol and tobacco. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

These states let you pick up birth control with your groceries. Why aren’t people doing it?
For most women, birth control isn’t exactly an easy item to pick up. First, you have to make a doctor’s appointment and wait for an opening. Then you have to get yourself to the clinic, taking time off work to wait some more to get a health exam you might not even be due for — which you may not have the insurance to pay for. Then you take the prescription to the pharmacy, where there’s more waiting. The whole process can easily take weeks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Caroline Kitchener Source Type: news

Trump’s ‘conscience rule’ for health providers blocked by federal judge
The rule would have allowed providers to refuse to participate in care that violated their beliefs. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Deep brain stimulation is being tested to treat opioid addiction
It’s the first time electrodes have been implanted in the brain for opioid use disorder in the United States. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Spilling the beans: Coffee can be good for your health
The brew can cause problems for some. But studies find that coffee has a positive effect on the risk of a variety of conditions and diseases. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

A severe shortage hits a drug used for cancer, immune disorders, epilepsy, causing canceled treatments and rationing
Increased demand — along with the time it takes to manufacture the lifesaving immune globulin medicine — has led to limited supplies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Holly Rosenkrantz Source Type: news

Excessive worrying? A psychologist sees a spike in anxiety and offers tips.
When accompanied by irritability, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, fatigue and poor sleep, you may be suffering from generalized anxiety disorder. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jelena Kecmanovic Source Type: news