WHO warns young people are emerging as main spreaders of the coronavirus
Fears grow in the United States as some schools and colleges reopen. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Trump fetal tissue ethics board urges rejection of nearly all research proposals
The 14 projects reviewed by the group had been judged worthy of federal support by NIH. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

‘The volume has been turned up on everything’: Pandemic places alarming pressure on transgender mental health
The pandemic has exacerbated mental health concerns in the transgender community as surgeries are canceled, individuals are isolated from their support system and fears of medical discrimination rise. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alyssa Fowers Source Type: news

‘Secret’ life of sharks: Study reveals their surprising social networks
The research focused on the social behavior of 41 reef sharks around the Palmyra Atoll. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus invaded the District and Maryland multiple times in March, genetic analysis shows
Mutations are seen in virus samples, but no differences are found in covid-19 clinical outcomes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Only 40 percent of U.S. adolescents are aerobically fit, new research finds
The 60 percent of adolescents who lack such strength are at higher risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Wartime doctors battling covid-19 rush to treat the ill — but without knowing what really works
Seven months into the pandemic, frontline doctors have in many cases become experts in treating covid-19. But they are experts without, for the most part, the most fundamental tool in medicine — solid evidence upon which to base their decisions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Pandemic is a wake-up call for me to jot down keepsake ‘letters’ for my kids
What should I tell them about the lives we’ve all lived? What do they need to know about our family? My journals will preserve our memories. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bob Brody Source Type: news

When is head pain more than just a headache in children?
When a child can’t adequately describe what they’re feeling, it’s difficult for parents to know if the headache is indicative of a more serious condition. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra Ebejer Source Type: news

Advice to parents on raising a happy and healthy LGBTQ child
Research shows how parents respond are fundamental to their kids’ mental health and well-being, experts say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

La reapertura de los colegios genera muchas dudas acerca del riesgo para los niños
Según los expertos, las decisiones que se están tomando para reabrir los colegios se están realizando sin la perspectiva completa del riesgo que el virus plantea para los niños. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Tweens can stave off loneliness with new social networks and hobbies during the pandemic
The coronavirus restrictions can make adolescents feel isolated. Parents and caregivers can help. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Juli Fraga Source Type: news

Picky eaters usually outgrow it. But parents can find ways to encourage better — and healthier — diets.
Experts also say many parents worry unnecessarily about their children’s eating behaviors and urge them to be patient. A small number, however, can have a disorder. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Why a little bit of exercise can help academically for kids with ADHD
Brief workouts or playtime seems to allow children to control inappropriate impulses and focus more on the classroom, experts say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Opipari Source Type: news

Fewer Black teens seek treatment for depression, mental health issues than White counterparts
An expert in child and adolescent psychology says they need more help to deal with the pervasive poverty, racism and stresses they face. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Klisz-Hulbert Source Type: news

CDC asks 4 states and a city to draft coronavirus vaccine distribution plans
The discussions with states offer some of the first details of the federal government’s plans at a time when information shared by the administration has been limited and often confusing. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

U.S. will prepare coronavirus strain for potential human challenge trials
Preparing a strain of the virus that could be used in human challenge trials, ethically fraught experiments in which people are vaccinated and intentionally exposed to the virus, is a preliminary step that will take months. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Covid-19 surges back into nursing homes in coronavirus hot spots
Widespread community transmission raises the risk for long-term care facilities; the virus often finds its way in. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Covid-19 death toll rivals fatality rate during 1918 flu epidemic, researchers say
‘Excess death’ rate for the current outbreak in New York City has quadrupled, according to a new analysis (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

These are the top coronavirus vaccines to watch
We are tracking 200 experimental vaccines aimed at ending the pandemic, a scientific quest moving at record-breaking speed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gabriel Florit Source Type: news

Face masks with valves or vents do not prevent spread of the coronavirus, CDC says
"Masks with one-way valves or vents allow air to be exhaled through a hole in the material, which can result in expelled respiratory droplets that can reach others," the CDC says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Reis Thebault Source Type: news

Targeted treatments help reduce death rates for most common lung cancer, study finds
Mortality rates for the most common type of lung cancer -- non-small cell lung caner -- have fallen significantly in recent years as a result of new treatments, according to a study by the National Cancer Institute. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Azar criticizes China’s response to coronavirus during Taiwan visit
Azar, the highest-level U.S. official to visit Taiwan in four decades, said the island exemplified that “open, democratic societies” were best equipped to respond to outbreaks such as covid-19. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

South Dakota health officials watch for the coronavirus as motorcyclists descend
Emergency workers were tested before the Sturgis rally and will undergo more tests once the bikers leave town. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chelsea Janes Source Type: news

Meet the most important federal official you probably don’t know — the man who holds the fate of the coronavirus vaccine in his hands
‘I wouldn’t want to be in his position,’ says a former colleague of the FDA scientist. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

With no end to the pandemic in sight, coronavirus fatigue grips America
Polls capture rising pessimism and dismay, and concerns about mental health. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brady Dennis Source Type: news

Study: Coronavirus cases in children rise sharply in the second half of July, with more than 97,000 infections
The jump in pediatric cases comes as children are entering close quarters for the first time in months as some schools open their doors to students again. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chelsea Janes Source Type: news

Children and the virus: As schools reopen, much remains unknown about the risk to kids and the peril they pose to others
Cases at schools and a camp spark discussions on safety and what’s lost when kids stay at home. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Haisten Willis Source Type: news

In the pandemic, we had to move to our new home. This is how we did it.
I can’t say how many times I washed my hands and repeated anti-coronavirus protocols while mostly masked movers carried our sofas, beds and other items. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ronnie Cohen Source Type: news

‘It’s your baby, and it’s, like, wow’: 3-D images from ultrasounds allow blind parents to feel their infant’s face
Used only for patients who might need a more detailed view of the fetus for diagnostic purposes, the device also provided images for a blind couple. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Debra Bruno Source Type: news

Forty percent of people with coronavirus infections have no symptoms. Might they be the key to ending the pandemic?
New research raises the possibility that some of us may be partially protected due to past encounters with “common cold” coronaviruses. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

A prizewinning novelist, a bad concussion and loss of memory during the coronavirus pandemic
After a bad fall, Chimamanda Adichie couldn’t remember things. The hospital staff seemed harried or somewhat indifferent — and she worried, would her brain recover? (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Source Type: news

Ticks and mosquitoes may await the pandemic-weary seeking outdoor exercise
Insects can pass along serious illnesses, such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus. Because of covid-19, health agencies are focusing less on these problems. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Stress from the pandemic can destroy relationships with friends — even families
Differing views on masks, how to guard against covid-19 and other related issues are leading people to choose sides or even self-imposed isolation. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

For those with hearing loss, face coverings make communication difficult. The solution? See-through masks.
A nonprofit group has instructions for a homemade, deaf-friendly mask on its website. One manufacturer says demand for such a product has “skyrocketed.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Hispanic, Black children at higher risk of coronavirus-related hospitalization, CDC finds
The syndrome known as MIS-C, which in some cases mirrors the symptoms of Kawasaki disease, is thought to be triggered by exposure to the virus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chelsea Janes Source Type: news

Cash-strapped U.S. hospitals say Kuwait owes them at least $677 million
The wealthy Persian Gulf nation has not paid its bills for medical care in the U.S. for three years, the hospitals contend. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Health officials ramp up effort to convince public that vaccine decisions will be based on science, not politics
But Trump immediately undercut them by hinting a coronavirus vaccine might be available ‘right around’ Election Day. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

A vaccine, or a spike in deaths: How America can build herd immunity to the coronavirus
Can the country build herd immunity without letting millions of people die? (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Harry Stevens Source Type: news

Fetal tissue research advisory board convenes, with a strong anti-abortion tilt
At least one scientist was asked to take fetal tissue out of a research funding proposal (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Federal officials warn of seasonal spike in polio-like condition that mostly affects children
The unusual illness, caused by viruses, is marked by sudden limb weakness or paralysis. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

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