Appeals panel expresses skepticism about Medicaid work requirements
Judges echo lower-court opinion that Trump administration failed to consider people losing health coverage (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Appellate court rejects 11th-hour requests to halt landmark opioid trial
The state of Ohio sought a delay, arguing the cities and counties that brought the lawsuits are usurping state authority. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

New guidelines on opioid tapering tell doctors to go slow
Rules advise clinicians to be careful and deliberate in cutting dosages for people in chronic pain. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

New guidelines on opioid tapering tells doctors to go slow
Rules advise clinicians to be careful and deliberate in cutting dosages for people in chronic pain. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Scientists use powerful light beams to virtually unwrap, decipher 2 scrolls from Roman library
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: George Sargent Source Type: news

You’re literally eating microplastics. How you can cut down exposure to them.
You can’t avoid the tiny pieces. But small steps — such as drinking tap water, vacuuming and using nonplastic containers — will curtail the problem. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

The Big Number: 9 point drop in cholesterol seen among U.S. children
A report says a group of 26,047 youths ages 6 to 19 showed the improvements affecting their cardiovascular health from 1999 to 2016. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Trump administration plans to delay any changes if the ACA loses in court
With no viable plan for replacing critical health benefits, the administration may seek to put off a Supreme Court hearing, officials say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Paige Winfield Cunningham Source Type: news

Medical staffers are experts. But my hospital travails show why they can get it dangerously wrong.
How my repeated ER visits were part of my frustrating experience with a thyroid cancer odyssey. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Litsa Dremousis Source Type: news

On YouTube, people with disabilities create content to show and normalize their experiences
In return, they have received support and acceptance, discovery of other people with similar conditions, information sharing and even income. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jessica Chiu Source Type: news

Annalena Tonelli, a health activist who fought TB in Africa, defied hardships and terrorism
As a reporter, I wrote about her patience, courage and idealism. A new book vividly recounts the late humanitarian’s passion and talent. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Brown Source Type: news

I’m a female doctor. I often face sexual harassment at the hospital. And I’m not the only one.
Both patients and faculty make inappropriate comments and advances, and it’s difficult to fend them off. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Tsai Source Type: news

They’re intelligent and friendly. Why some people think rats are the perfect pet, for fun and comfort.
Properly bred rodents are calm and seem to bond emotionally with cage mates and owners, experts say. And they can do tricks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kim Mueller Source Type: news

Worried you ingested something deadly? This virtual poison control website can be a lifesaving tool.
Webpoisoncontrol.org is a fully automated program that does triage, and provides recommendations and information on thousands of substances. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Vaping lung injuries top 1,000 cases as deaths rise to 18
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Danielle Rizzo’s donor-conceived sons both have autism. Should someone be held responsible?
A number of Post readers have asked how common it is for serious genetic issues to be linked to donor sperm. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Is the twin boom ending?
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Judge rules Philadelphia supervised injection site does not violate federal law
The first-ever legal decision allows a nonprofit to move forward with plans to open a facility where drug users would be monitored to prevent overdoses. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

How serious is Bernie Sanders’s heart problem? This is the stent procedure his doctors just performed.
The medical problem Sanders experienced is a common affliction in men his age. And the procedure he underwent is one of the most routine performed by cardiologists. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

As Missouri restricts abortion, Planned Parenthood opens massive new clinic across the border
Women from a state where abortion is restricted had been crossing into Illinois to get health-care at a facility in that state. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kayla Epstein Source Type: news

DEA allowed huge growth in painkiller supply as overdose deaths rose, IG says
The inspector general’s report also cites weakness in the licensing process for drug manufacturers, distributors and health-care providers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - October 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Why washing raw chicken can lead to food poisoning
A USDA study warns that the common practice can leave a trail of bacteria, such as salmonella, all over your kitchen and into other food. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

Drugstores are pulling Zantac-like heartburn drugs off the shelves over potential cancer risk
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been investigating the drugs' possible risk to patients. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Caregiving for a sick loved one can be stressful, harrowing, depressing — and rewarding
Physicians could do more to recognize and support the unique circumstances, concerns and needs of the friends and family members who aid patients. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dhruv Khullar Source Type: news

The Big Number: 3 or more hours a day of social media use hurts youths’ mental health
Researchers say the group they studied were more likely to experience depression, anxiety, loneliness, aggression or antisocial behavior. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

With the Affordable Care Act’s future in doubt, evidence grows that it has saved lives
The law’s supporters have not yet taken political advantage of the evidence in the ACA’s favor. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

As Sicily’s Mount Etna began to erupt, her ballet training turned out to be good prep
Balance and strength from dance training prepared her for the physical demands of a grueling and dangerous expedition. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Giannella M. Garrett Source Type: news

What’s a ‘good death’? It’s not quite the peaceful drifting off I’d imagined for my dad.
In hospice, the drugs couldn’t take away all my elderly father’s pain and nausea as he was dying. But the care he was given did make a difference. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Harriet Brown Source Type: news

In 2000, measles had been officially ‘eliminated’ in the U.S. Will that change?
The nation has recorded 1,2412 cases of measles so far this year. Worldwide, measles cases have doubled from 2017 to 2018 and are still growing. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Brown Source Type: news

The longevity files: A strong grip? Push-ups? What actually can help you live to a ripe old age.
The rules are pretty simple — regular exercise most of all, healthy eating (and drinking), adequate sleep and staying socially engaged (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christie Aschwanden Source Type: news

When my dad died, the shoes he was wearing ended up in my closet. Now I can’t bear to get rid of them.
Links to final moments carry a powerful and emotional weight, even as they remind us of a painful loss. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ken Budd Source Type: news

Once a rite of passage for girls, menstruation booklets are now a look back at evolving cycle about hygiene
The now-defunct Museum of Menstruation offers a collection of these publications on its still-active website. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Most vaping-related lung injuries linked to marijuana products, CDC says
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Vaping-related lung illnesses soar to 805 cases in 46 states
The CDC reported at least 805 cases of vaping-related lung illnesses in 46 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Judge in landmark opioid trial declines to step aside
U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster said that acknowledging the epidemic’s toll “does not suggest I am biased; it shows that I am human.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

NIH awards nearly $1 billion in research grants to battle addiction, chronic pain
Money will fund studies of better ways to treat opioid addiction, development of nonaddictive treatments and guidelines for care of infants born dependent on drugs. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Ohio counties, drug companies outline arguments in landmark opioid trial
Plaintiffs and defendants in the federal lawsuit focus on the reasons a jury should — or should not — hold drug companies responsible for overdose deaths, addiction and other harms. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

A woman mistook wasabi for avocado. The shock led to ‘broken heart syndrome.’
An Israeli woman mistook wasabi for avocado at a wedding. She was diagnosed with takotsubo cardiomyopathy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news

Juul says its chief executive is stepping down, accepts proposed ban on flavored vaping products
The e-cigarette maker said its CEO will be succeeded by an executive from Altria, a part-owner of Juul. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

A closer look at infant mortality in two of the most impoverished U.S. regions
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers highlight striking inequality in a new report on the Mississippi River Delta and Appalachia. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Massachusetts to ban sale of all vaping products for 4 months in toughest state crackdown
The state's governor cited the rising toll of mysterious lung illnesses and deaths linked to e-cigarettes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

U.S. joins 19 nations, including Saudi Arabia and Russia: ‘There is no international right to an abortion’
“We remain gravely concerned that aggressive efforts to reinterpret international instruments to create a new international right to abortion ... have advanced through some United Nations fora,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a letter circulated in advance of the gathering. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Potential culprits in mystery lung illnesses: Black-market vaping products
Cheap additives used to “cut” THC oil, such as vitamin E acetate, are being scrutinized for ill effects. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Kuznia Source Type: news

Babies born by Caesarean section have different gut bacteria from other infants, researchers say
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Kuznia Source Type: news

Medication, exercise, healthy eating improve quality of life for those with congestive heart failure
The condition, in which the heart muscle is damaged and doesn’t pump well, can shorten life expectancy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

Her body is rejecting a transplanted face — and one solution is unthinkable
“We all know we are in uncharted waters,” Carmen Blandin Tarleton said. “I would rather not have to go through a catastrophic failure.’’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Horton Source Type: news

As off-label use spreads for lifesaving niche drugs, supplies grow scarce, leaving patients in the lurch
Hospitals struggle to get enough IVIG, an infusing therapy often used as a “last-chance … Hail Mary kind of approach for myriad condition.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julie Appleby Source Type: news

Six questions that may help stop a suicide
Nearly 130 Americans kill themselves every day. Last fall, one of my friends was among them. Here’s what I’ve learned. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

In 1918, a parade sparked a killer flu outbreak in Philadelphia. This Saturday, another parade pays homage to those victims.
The event kicks off “Spit Spreads Death,” an exhibition about this city’s health disaster and the worldwide influenza pandemic nearly a hundred years ago. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

My rec center bans kids from the hot tub over fears of overheating. Here’s what I learned about the science.
The facts are somewhat complicated. But parents and adults need to use common sense when it comes to young children. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Emily Sohn Source Type: news