Getting a coronavirus vaccine in record time is hard. Distributing it to tens of millions may be equally daunting.
The administration has shared limited and often confusing information about its strategy, making it difficult for overwhelmed state and local officials to plan. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

In the pandemic, technology has been a lifesaver, connecting them to the outside world. But others don’t have this access.
Zoom and other devices allow telemedicine, family visits for many older at-home adults. But many with limited financial resources also may not be able to afford such equipment. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Judith Graham Source Type: news

Have a physically demanding job? You’re more likely to get osteoarthritis in your knees, study suggests.
Researchers say that work involving heavy lifting, frequent climbing or prolonged kneeling, squatting, standing or walking increases the odds of the joint disease. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A coronavirus vaccine won’t change the world right away
The confident depiction by politicians and companies that a vaccine is imminent and inevitable may give people unrealistic beliefs about how soon the world can return to normal — and even spark resistance to simple strategies that can tamp down transmission. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Health illiteracy is nothing new in America. But the pandemic magnifies how troubling it is.
The problem isn’t about reading skills or college education. It’s about whether you know how to ask a doctor the right questions, read a food label or understand medical terms. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eve Glicksman Source Type: news

He had headaches, but his condition was rare, with no clear explanation or treatment
If we listen to our patients and if our systems support an art that can at times be blurry and indistinct, we might heal the peculiar and puzzling. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul-Kareem Ahmed Source Type: news

Coronavirus pandemic causes another health concern — closed public restrooms
Closures have become an issue for delivery workers, taxi and ride-hailing drivers, the homeless and others without access to a fixed office building. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Brown Source Type: news

In 1950, my family suffered a different outbreak in our town: A polio epidemic
My brother was among the two dozen people who died of the disease in Wytheville, Va. Fearful townspeople shunned each other and my family. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mariflo Stephens Source Type: news

Coronavirus threat rises across U.S.: ‘We just have to assume the monster is everywhere’
Sun Belt cases flatten, but the Midwest and many major cities see ominous trends. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Weekly gathering of male comrades is a soothing oasis for me in perilous times
I dropped out the psychotherapy group several years ago. Now I’m back, and I’ve regained a profound sense of community at a time when I didn’t even realize how much I missed it. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Peter Perl Source Type: news

In Warsaw Ghetto, doctors and others halted typhus outbreak during WWII
Researchers say in study their simulation matched data recorded at the time by epidemiologists and medical specialists within the infamous ghetto. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Report: Coronavirus infected scores of children and staff at Georgia sleep-away camp
The finding that ‘children might play an important role in transmissions’ is likely to fuel concerns about school reopenings. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chelsea Janes Source Type: news

European drugmakers Sanofi and GSK strike $2.1 billion deal with U.S. for a coronavirus vaccine
The contract is the largest yet from the U.S. government. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Trump urges people who have recovered from covid-19 to donate blood plasma
Blood plasma from people who have successfully recovered from coronavirus infection has been widely used in the United States, even though researchers are still gathering evidence to definitively show it works. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Who should get a coronavirus vaccine first?
Highest priority is likely to go to health-care and essential workers and high-risk populations in a decision-making process that appears destined to stir controversy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Trump brags about his cognitive test. But for those with dementia, it’s devastating.
For many Americans, the test the president keeps trumpeting is one of the most fraught, traumatic turning points in their lives — that moment when they realize their mind is beginning to fail and glimpse the troubled path ahead for them and their families. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Young people are infecting older family members in shared homes
Front-line caregivers are seeing more older people with covid-19. Young working adults and others who went to bars and restaurants are spreading the virus to relatives. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Coronavirus outbreak in Major League Baseball casts pall over other reopenings
If pro sports teams, with their robust testing and elaborate safety protocols, couldn’t evade the virus, some wonder what that portends for reopening schools and businesses. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brady Dennis Source Type: news

California is ahead of other states in cutting carbon emissions, report says
Households emit 33 percent less carbon than any other state. The per capita footprint in San Francisco is nearly three times lower than the national average. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Wearing masks might help you avoid major illness even if you get coronavirus, experts say
Mounting evidence shows silent spreaders are responsible for most transmissions of the disease, making universal masking essential to slow its spread, they say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rong-Gong Lin II Source Type: news

Study uncovers camouflage traits of ultra-black fish in deep, dark sea
The skin of these fish is among the blackest material known, absorbing light so efficiently that even in bright light they appear to be silhouettes, an expert says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Will Dunham Source Type: news

Two coronavirus vaccines begin the last phase of testing: 30,000-person trials
The first participants received shots in a 30,000-person trial of an experimental vaccine being developed by biotech company Moderna in partnership with the U.S. government. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

States with stricter covid-19 restrictions watch lax neighbors warily, knowing the virus does not respect borders
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karin Brulliard Source Type: news

Asked and answered: What readers want to know about coronavirus
The Washington Post has catalogued questions about the novel coronavirus and provided a guide to help you find the answers you seek. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Washington Post Staff Source Type: news

Young children with pet dogs seen having fewer social interaction problems than other kids
A three-year analysis of 1,646 households with preschoolers finds less antisocial behavior and better interactions with peers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: — Linda Searing Source Type: news

A trial for coronavirus vaccine researchers: Making sure black and Hispanic communities are included in studies
The unprecedented scientific quest to end the pandemic with a vaccine faces one of its most crucial tests, and nothing less than the success of the entire endeavor is at stake. A vaccine must work for everyone — young and old; black, brown and white. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Creators call digital game prescription for ADHD the future of medicine. Critics call it a marketing ploy.
The FDA approved EndeavorRx for marketing. Developers say it can provide help for kids struggling in school and at home. But several ADHD experts say they’re overpromising. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

Creators call digital game for ADHD children the future of medicine. Critics call it a marketing ploy.
The FDA approved EndeavorRx for marketing. Developers say it can provide help for kids struggling in school and at home. But several ADHD experts say they’re overpromising. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

Covid-19 put me and my family in lockdown. I’m feeling weirdly nostalgic now that it’s lifted.
It was a very scary time, but I’ll miss our enforced togetherness and slower life. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Caren Chesler Source Type: news

Ancient teeth show history of epidemics is much older than we thought
Paleogenomics — a nascent science field — provides evidence suggesting that early plagues forced societies to make epoch-defining transformations. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ian Morse Source Type: news

For black men, higher education and incomes don’t lower risks of depression, researchers say
In an article, they discuss the results of studies showing an inverse effect between black men’s achievement and adverse mental health outcomes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Can you get coronavirus twice? Doctors are unsure, even as anecdotal reports mount.
They disagree over whether the evidence is convincing and what the implications might be for vaccines. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Amid rising coronavirus deaths, Trump paints a rosy picture of America’s present and future
Experts warn the U.S. is reaching a tipping point toward uncontrollable transmission. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Can you get coronavirus twice? Doctors are unsure even as anecdotal reports mount.
They disagree over whether the evidence is convincing and what the implications might be for vaccines. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Trump says the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. will ‘get worse before it gets better’
More than 1,000 deaths were reported Tuesday, the first time the country has topped that mark in nearly 50 days. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

How long should you isolate if you test positive for the coronavirus? At least 10 days after symptom onset
In the six months since the virus has been in the United States, multiple studies have suggested that most people are infectious only for a short period of time, usually four to nine days. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Former CDC chief: Most states fail to report data key to controlling the coronavirus pandemic
The analysis is the first comprehensive review of covid-19 data that all 50 states and D.C. are using to make decisions about policies on mask-wearing and opening schools and businesses. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

How long should you isolate if you test positive for the coronavirus? New CDC guidance says 10 days, not 14.
In the six months since the virus has been in the United States, multiple studies have suggested that most people are infectious only for a short period of time, usually four to nine days. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Most people in the United States are still highly susceptible to the coronavirus, CDC study finds
The true number of infections is probably 10 times greater than reported cases, and few people had antibodies to the virus as of this spring. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

About 82 percent of those 50 and older complain of ageism, research says
The study found that those who reported experiencing this in their everyday lives were more likely to have poor mental and physical health. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

African American children are more likely to die after surgery than their white peers, researchers find
The study is the latest evidence of unequal outcomes in health care. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

The crisis that shocked the world: America’s response to the coronavirus
How the world’s richest country got into this dismal situation is a complicated tale that exposes the flaws and fissures in a nation long proud of its ability to meet cataclysmic challenges. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

From swabs to antibodies: How to understand your coronavirus test results
Experts say one test result isn't a green light to visit vulnerable friends or family. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Teddy Amenabar Source Type: news

For those at risk for cancer, weighing the risk of covid-19 with delays in screening and treatment
Who should get screened or treated? Who should wait? How much does the prevalence of the disease in a community matter? These are thorny questions for patients and doctors. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Lyme disease continues to spread. Can a seasonal shot help slow the spread of the tick-borne illness?
With no vaccine against Lyme right now, the author and his colleagues are working to create seasonal protection. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mark Klempner Source Type: news

‘Superspreading’ events, triggered by people who may not even know they are infected, propel coronavirus pandemic
Most spread the virus to only a few people — or none at all. But a small percentage transmit it with alarming efficiency, studies show. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

A teenager’s apparent clumsiness foreshadowed a shocking diagnosis
Her fall off the bleachers during high school graduation triggered a search for answers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra G. Boodman Source Type: news

Coronavirus fears shouldn’t stop you from using CPR if someone needs help
A rescuer’s risk of infection is very low, experts believe. “We do not want covid-19 to negatively impact the willingness of people to provide CPR,” one says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

An e-book for families provides answers to important questions about covid-19
Written in a Q&A format, the free work contains a section specific to kids’ questions and a much longer portion devoted to answering adults’ queries. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Appeals court upholds Trump administration’s expansion of short-term health plans
The decision is a victory for the White House in a tug-of-war over whether alternative health plans broaden access to insurance or fool customers into buying inadequate coverage. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news