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

Nearly 100 doctors have tried to diagnose this man’s devastating illness — without success
NIH physicians found his veins grossly enlarged and too stretchy — but they don’t know why or how to treat it. And they’ve never seen a similar case: He’s “a zebra among zebras.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra G. Boodman Source Type: news

The Big Number: Those who nap about twice a week are 48 percent less likely than others to face serious heart illnesses
Sleep experts generally agree that a 20-minute snooze is all that most people need to feel refreshed and less stressed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 21, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Pelosi rolls out long-awaited bill to lower prescription drug costs
Congressional Republicans pan the measure, but Trump tweets ‘it’s great to see Speaker Pelosi’s bill’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Vaping-related illnesses surge as FDA discloses criminal probe
Federal health officials say 530 people have been sickened in 38 states by a mysterious vaping-related illness. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

He was ‘perfectly healthy’ before the mosquito bite. Nine days later, he was brain dead.
The Michigan man reportedly contracted Eastern equine encephalitis, or "sleeping sickness," a rare, mosquito-borne virus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

How a ‘Sesame Street’ Muppet became embroiled in a controversy over autism
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

1 in 9 high school seniors vape nicotine near-daily, new survey says amid e-cigarette scare
The share of teens who said they vaped nicotine in the preceding 30 days more than doubled for each age group surveyed, preliminary data published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine shows. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Feds probe manager of McKesson narcotics distribution warehouse in Ohio
Subpoenas have been issued to the giant drug distributor, one person has been indicted and two others told they are possible targets. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

‘The face of the opioid epidemic’: How a college dropout became a fentanyl kingpin.
Aaron Shamo was convicted for running a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking operation from a suburban basement in Utah. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Deanna Paul Source Type: news

The U.S. abortion rate falls to lowest level since Roe v. Wade
Changes in contraceptive use, sexual activity and infertility, as well as a decline in pregnancies, may have played a role. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

The vaping industry has close ties to Trump. His ban still caught them off guard.
Big and small players go into crisis mode to try to protect a burgeoning business. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

California man is seventh person to die of suspected vape-related illness
California health officials did not name the person or disclose the age and type of e-cigarette product used. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kayla Epstein Source Type: news

Opioid-related deaths decline in Maryland for second straight quarter
State officials are encouraged but say the crisis “is by no means over.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ovetta Wiggins Source Type: news

Tennessee becomes first state with a plan to turn Medicaid into a block grant
TennCare will be a test case of whether the Trump administration will allow a profound change to the safety-net insurance that the president says he supports. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Scientists create 2 embryos of near-extinct rhinos
Researchers collected 10 immature eggs from Najin and Fatu, the world’s only survivors of the northern white rhino subspecies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Too many people use antibiotics improperly, which can pose risks
A new study examines how the drugs are being misused. Here’s how to use them safely. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

Meningitis B is rare but deadly. Parents who lost children to the disease wonder why no one mentioned a vaccine.
CDC guidelines leave it up to physicians to talk about the optional vaccine. But not all doctors do. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Elizabeth Richards Source Type: news

A federal judge vowed to tackle the opioid crisis. Drug companies say that’s a sign of bias.
The companies asked him to step down because he has pushed them to settle a landmark case brought by more than 2,000 communities. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

A teen told the restaurant he had a dairy allergy. Then his birthday meal killed him.
A London restaurant did not tell Owen Carey that his last meal was soaked in something that could kill him, a coroner concluded. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alex Horton Source Type: news

Remembering Ana, 15, who died of cancer. ‘She’s always with me. I still say good night to her.’
Nearly 1,800 children die of the disease. Twenty percent of mothers and 35 percent of fathers reported PTSD symptoms five years later. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jacqueline Dooley Source Type: news

The Big Number: Only 22 percent of bicyclists in severe accidents were wearing helmets
Men were less likely than women to use such head gear, according to the National Trauma Data Bank. The stats on youths were worse. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

The children of Donor H898
At least a dozen children diagnosed with autism were conceived with sperm from the same donor. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

California’s governor signed a pro-vaccine bill into law this week. Then the protests got weird.
A woman threw a bloody menstrual cup at lawmakers and shouted, "That's for the dead babies." (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

She had a son at 47. Was that selfish — or great?
“With age comes a maturity, a centeredness, a sense of perspective and well-being. . . . At least in theory.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Caren Chesler Source Type: news

Drug companies seek removal of judge in landmark opioid case
Motion filed Saturday argues Judge Dan Aaron Polster should step aside because he has become too involved, pushing for a settlement from the beginning of the case. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Higham Source Type: news

Glacier and me: Amid a stunning landscape, an ailing science journalist weighs his own uncertain life span
“How many years did I have left to drink in the wonders of this Earth?” he thought as he traveled through mountains of Glacier National Park formed millions of years ago. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brian Vastag Source Type: news

Author paints grim portrait of U.S. health care and our soaring medical debt. He also suggests potential solutions.
In “The Price We Pay,” a surgeon says the broken system can be fixed with honesty and a return to common-sense medical service. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Patients who bought a doctor’s Botox services on Groupon got phony injections, officials say
Authorities raided her Coral Springs, Fla., office earlier this week as part of a year-long investigation into her practices, local news reports say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

FDA panel recommends approving first peanut allergy treatment
The treatment can desensitize people with allergies to small amounts of peanuts but carries the risk of side effects. It is expected to be the first in a new wave of treatments for food allergies even though questions remain about how to use the drug. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

UVA Health System revamps aggressive debt collection practices after report
But critics say the new policy still leaves some patients exposed to lawsuits and crippling bills. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jay Hancock Source Type: news

‘They feasted on him’: Ants at VA nursing home bit a veteran 100 times before his death, daughter says
“The ceiling, the walls, the beds. They were everywhere." (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Her temperature spiked the day she decided to stop vaping. Now she’s on life support.
The sudden decline in the Dallas teenager's health comes as health officials investigate more than 450 vaping-related illnesses nationwide. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marisa Iati Source Type: news

What we know about the mysterious vaping-linked illness and deaths
Warnings about e-cigarettes have taken on new urgency in recent weeks as authorities scramble to understand a rash of mysterious vaping-linked illnesses that have put healthy people in the hospital with serious lung diseases. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Trump moves to ban flavored e-cigarettes
Citing surge in youth vaping, president endorses crackdown. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Purdue Pharma reaches tentative deal in federal, state opioid lawsuits
If the deal becomes final, it would be the first comprehensive settlement in the broad legal effort to hold drug companies accountable for their role in the opioid epidemic. Some states are still refusing to settle. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

A woman has been in a coma for weeks after using mercury-tainted skin cream
The product, reportedly purchased outside a normal supply chain, contained hundreds of times the normal amount of the toxin. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lateshia Beachum Source Type: news

Conversion therapy associated with severe psychological distress in transgender people, study says
Transgender people who had been exposed to conversion therapy were twice as likely to attempt suicide as those who had never undergone such therapies, a new study shows. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

What we know about the mysterious vaping-linked disease and deaths
Warnings about e-cigarettes have taken on new urgency in recent weeks as authorities scramble to understand a rash of mysterious vaping-linked illnesses that have put healthy people in the hospital with serious lung diseases. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Sixth person dies from vaping-related illness
This is at least the sixth death from vaping-linked lung illnesses. More than 450 cases of illness have been reported in 33 states. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Opioid crackdown forces pain patients to taper off drugs they say they need
Some doctors are confused and a vast, vocal constituency is protesting (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

More Americans go without health coverage, Census Bureau reports
The increased uninsured rate is expected to be an issue in 2020 presidential campaigns. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Bloomberg to spend $160 million to ban flavored e-cigarettes
Effort marks philanthropist’s first major anti-tobacco initiative in the United States. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Pelosi bill aims to negotiate Medicare prices on top 250 drugs, penalize manufacturers that don’t comply
The bill, unlikely to gain any Republican support, is a political marker for Democrats eager to outflank President Trump on high drug prices, which is a top voter concern. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

New York to subpoena firms selling substances linked to illicit vaping products
New York state's lab has obtained samples of thickening agents and determined they are nearly pure vitamin E acetate, an oil that has been found in marijuana products used by people who fell sick. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

NIH opens inquiry into management, workplace issues at troubled pharmacy
Four leaders of the department that provides drugs to NIH’s 200-bed hospital have been temporarily reassigned. Patient safety is not affected, spokeswoman says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - September 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news