Proposed HHS rule would strip Obama-era protections for LGBTQ individuals
Citing concerns about religious freedom, Secretary Alex Azar on Friday proposed striking out key words in a Department of Health and Human Services document that would effectively undue non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals in its programs. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Top HHS official to run FDA on temporary basis while Trump readies nomination of Texas cancer doctor
If confirmed, Stephen Hahn would succeed acting commissioner Norman "Ned" Sharpless (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - November 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Indiana backs away from Medicaid work requirements
Citing litigation, the Hoosier state becomes the second to retreat from the model touted by the Trump administration. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Measles makes your body forget how to fight other diseases
The measles virus is more harmful than scientists previously realized, making widespread vaccination even more important, researchers and doctors said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Long-awaited cystic fibrosis drug could turn deadly disease into a manageable condition
Thirty years after scientists discovered the defective gene that causes cystic fibrosis, two new trials show a therapy could help 90 percent of patients. The FDA approved the triple drug, Trikafta, five months ahead of its deadline. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Missouri reviewed data about Planned Parenthood’s patients, including their periods, to identify failed abortions
The state’s health director, who is also an OB/GYN, said the aim was to detect clinic safety problems . (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

White House unveils website to streamline search for drug treatment
Improvements to findtreatment.gov are designed to help people find addiction services. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

How much money will it take to undo the damage from opioids?
The best-case scenario for areas grappling with this disaster could be a sweeping settlement among all the parties. But such a deal is unlikely in the near term, according to interviews with attorneys in the case and a survey of attorneys general nationwide. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Alabama abortion law temporarily blocked by federal judge
Alabama's near-total ban, set to take effect Nov. 15 but now blocked, included no exceptions for rape or incest and made performing abortions a felony. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Study: Taking hypertension meds at bedtime cuts health risks significantly
Researchers found that patients cut their overall risk of dying from cardiovascular causes during the study nearly in half. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The facts about birth control and cancer risks
Ultimately, the disease-related risks and benefits of such devices may even out, at least for most people. But individual health factors need to be considered. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

I’m an academic doctor. But research from for-profit companies may be the best way to help patients and science in the future
Such studies are distrusted by professionals because of possible conflicts of interest. But important research will be increasingly conducted, funded or aided by such firms. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ravi Parikh Source Type: news

The Big Number: 45 percent of Americans admit to driving while being drowsy
Sleep-focused academy says study shows how dangerous this traffic problem is. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Growing old doesn’t mean you also grow in weight
To fight fat, experts suggest you exercise regularly, monitor calories, lift weights and move throughout the day. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

My once-vibrant husband died of ALS, and my complicated grief is deep
Words are all we have when we talk about the lost of a loved one, and yet they completely fall short. Still, here is my story. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maya Vijayaraghavan Source Type: news

Is chocolate healthy? Alas, the answer isn’t sweet. Here’s why.
The flavanols in chocolate could have potential benefits. But you’d have to consume a ton to achieve that. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

First responders struggle with PTSD caused by the emergencies, deaths, tragedies they face every day
“We rush into burning fires or deal with the worst injuries — that’s our job. . . . But we’re also human, and sometimes our brains can’t compute the horrible things we see.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rene Ebersole Source Type: news

‘This baby was meant to be ours’: A gay couple’s journey to become parents
Assisted reproduction and surrogacy have been around for years. But nowadays, some same-sex partners are choosing these methods. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sydney Page Source Type: news

Filmmaker asks how adults can help digitally obsessed teens tackle mental health challenges
In “Screenagers: Next Chapter,” a doctor warns parents to give their kids the chance to build up their resilience and learn critical coping skills. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

CDC: Most people who died from vaping-linked disease used products containing THC
The latest data adds to evidence pointing to products containing the marijuana, especially products obtained illicitly, as the source of injury. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

He was acting drunk but swore he was sober. Turns out his stomach was brewing its own beer.
Researchers think “auto-brewery syndrome” is probably underdiagnosed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

Racial bias in a medical algorithm favors white patients over sicker black patients
A widely used algorithm that flags patients for extra medical care is biased against black patients, a study found. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

None of these 195 countries — the U.S. included — is fully prepared for a pandemic, report says
The United States does well in five of six preparedness categories but ranks 19th — after Australia, Canada, Singapore and more than a half-dozen European countries — in measures that assess the overall risk environment and vulnerability to biological threats. The factors driving down the U.S. score include the risks of social unrest and terrorism, and low public confidence in government. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Trump set to nominate Texas cancer doctor to head FDA
Trump said he would nominate Stephen Hahn, a radiation oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center, to be the next FDA commissioner. If confirmed, Hahn would succeed acting agency head Norman "Ned" Sharpless. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

‘Premarital exams’ for women are popular in Utah. Some experts say they send a bad message.
Learning about your body is good, experts say, but a "premarital exam" makes sex sound like a medical condition, and it implies women need preparation for sexual intimacy that men do not. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

Health-care system causing rampant burnout among doctors, nurses
As many as half of all clinicians suffer from burnout symptoms, creating risks to patients, malpractice claims and absenteeism, a national study finds. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

FDA calls for new warnings for breast implants
After being criticized for years for not taking more aggressive action, the Food and Drug Administration recommended a boxed warning -- its most serious caution -- for breast implants. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

FDA recommends new warnings for breast implants
After being criticized for years for not taking more aggressive action, the Food and Drug Administration recommended a boxed warning -- its most serious caution -- for breast implants. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Throwing old prescription drugs into the trash isn’t safe or ecological. There are better options.
Dispose of such medication safety and conveniently on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Rates for the most common ACA health plans drop for a second year
After defecting from the marketplaces, more insurers are selling coverage for 2020. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Schools now letting students stay home sick for mental-health days
Oregon and Utah have passed laws for school sick days to include depression, anxiety and other psychological issues. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Last-ditch opioid settlement in Ohio could open door for much larger deal
Settling 2,400 lawsuits individually would be untenable, attorneys say, with the first jurisdictions likely to get the biggest payouts. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Ohio counties, four drug firms reach $260 million settlement in opioid epidemic case, averting trial
But the deal covers only those two counties, leaving other local and state governments to fight it out in court or hammer out similar deals. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

You’re told you have a ‘pre-disease.’ Here’s what that means.
Such a diagnosis shows screening results aren’t quite normal. But possible treatments can come with risks that outweigh benefits. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

Special garments ease an agonizing ailment for women. But insurance may not pay.
Lymphedema often appears after cancer treatment and compression clothing can reduce pain, tissue damage. Private health plans vary in coverage, Medicaid covers some expenses, but Medicare does not. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Source Type: news

The Big Number: Menopause before age 50 linked to increased heart risks
Analysis of data from 15 worldwide studies suggests a greater problem with nonfatal cardiovascular diseases, such as angina, heart attacks or strokes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Why painful sex can plague women at any age
Called dyspareunia, the problem can have a variety of causes. And there are effective treatments. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Vigorous exercise in the third trimester. Is it safe?
The main aim of physical activity in pregnancy is to achieve health-enhancing benefits in a way that is safe, enjoyable and sustainable. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kassia Beetham Source Type: news

New research on the menstrual cycle and athletic performance helps women compete
The victorious women’s national soccer team found apps could help defeat myths about menstruation. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda Loudin Source Type: news

An athletic life vs. that time of the month? New research is helping female athletes compete.
There’s a good deal of urban myth and old wives’ tales surrounding a woman’s cycle. Tracking menstruation can be helpful, as the victorious women’s national soccer team found out. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda Loudin Source Type: news

Women are more than twice as likely as men to suffer from PTSD. Studies are underway to find out why.
One distinction may be the type of trauma women experience, experts say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Do pregnancy and childbirth accelerate aging in women? Maybe.
Researchers home in on how having a baby affects a key biological marker. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sindya Bhanoo Source Type: news

Food can help control some chronic health conditions, in some cases eliminating the need for drugs
What you eat can help with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, though many people pay little heed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jill U. Adams Source Type: news

High-profile talks to avert landmark opioid trial break down
The size of a proposed $50 billion deal, as well as how it would be distributed, are points of contention. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

As vaping-linked deaths rise to 33, officials are still seeking answers
As of Oct. 15, the CDC reported 1,479 lung injuries and 33 deaths associated with the use of e-cigarettes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Landmark opioid trial could be averted if Friday meeting ends in settlement
A federal judge is overseeing a last-ditch bid to avert a trial over the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

E-cigarette giant Juul suspends sales of several flavored vape pods
The e-cigarette company, under fire from critics accusing it of fueling a surge in youth vaping, is suspending sales of mango, creme, fruit and cucumber available — only through the company's website. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Settlement meeting set in landmark opioid trial set for Friday
Judge in case wants to discuss status proposals as jury selection continues. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Teen suicides are increasing at an alarming pace, outstripping all other age groups, a new report says
The disturbing trend worries researchers who have struggled to understand its causes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

High-profile trial over who should pay for the opioid crisis begins
Two Ohio counties face off against six drug companies in a landmark federal trial to assign responsibility for the worst drug crisis in U.S. history. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news