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 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Disappearance of covid-19 data from CDC website spurs outcry
Governors join calls for delay of administration plan to shift control from the CDC as Trump administration pledges to make data available to the public. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Hydroxychloroquine studies show drug is not effective for early treatment of mild covid-19
The first randomized clinical trial of hydroxychlorquine for early treatment of patients with mild covid-19 showed the drug was not effective in treating the disease in patients who were not hospitalized. The study is a setback for proponents of the drug who argued it would be beneficial for people treated early. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Top health official violated federal contracting rules, HHS inspector general finds
CMS Administrator Seema Verma spent more than $6M on politically-connected contractors to help raise her profile, do communications work. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Hospital officials, experts say new federal rules for covid-19 reporting will add burdens during pandemic
Trump administration officials say the system will allow them to deliver medicines and personal protective equipment faster and more efficiently. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Some researchers and politicians call for pregnant women to be included in coronavirus vaccine testing
Of the six pharma companies with government contracts to develop a vaccine, four have not included or do not plan to include pregnant women in their early- or mid-stage trials. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Shefali Luthra | The 19th Source Type: news

Trump administration recommends the National Guard as an option to help hospitals report coronavirus data
The move is part of a new data reporting protocol for hospitals that eliminates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a recipient of that information. Public health experts say bypassing the CDC could harm the quality of data and the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Trump administration recommends National Guard as option to help hospitals report coronavirus data
A letter, sent out in recent hours, backs away from earlier drafts as recently as Friday that had directed state leaders to deploy the National Guard to help hospitals with daily data submissions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Decades of research on an HIV vaccine boost the bid for one against coronavirus
Work on a vaccine to halt the HIV epidemic has failed so far. But it has resulted in expertise, technology and infrastructure that is quickly pivoting toward the coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Decades of research on an HIV vaccine boosts the bid for one against coronavirus
Work on a vaccine to halt the HIV epidemic has failed so far. But it has resulted in expertise, technology and infrastructure that is quickly pivoting toward the coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Trump administration to recommend National Guard as option to help hospitals report coronavirus data
A letter, to be sent to governors imminently, backs away from earlier drafts as recently as Friday that had directed state leaders to deploy the National Guard to help hospitals with daily data submissions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Operation Warp Speed is pushing for covid-19 therapeutics by early fall
Senior administration officials involved in Operation Warp Speed said Monday treatments could be shown effective before a vaccine. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

White House effort to undermine Fauci is criticized by public health experts, scientists and Democrats
The White House's effort to undermine top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci drew criticism from a wide range of scientists, academicians and lawmakers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Patients are still delaying essential care out of fear of coronavirus
Explosion of cases in the South and West has made many leery of returning for tests or treatments despite new safety protocols in hospitals, doctors’ offices. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Diets high in fruits, vegetables may help reduce Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent, study says
The research spanned about 10 years and included more than 22,000 people. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Diets high in fruits, vegetables may help reduce Type 2 diabetes by 50 percent, study say
The research spanned about 10 years and included more than 22,000 people. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Long delays in getting test results hobble coronavirus response
It can take a week or more to learn the outcome — so long that it’s of little use in the effort to control the disease. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

Latinos hit hard by coronavirus, but Chicago suggests it’s even worse than it looks
Activists say the city is an example of lack of uniformity in data collection. Inaccurate reporting can lead to serious resource implications as officials respond to covid-19. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kristian Ramos Source Type: news

Your mask feels uncomfortable? Get over it. As a surgeon, I know how vital they are.
In the operating room, you wear a mask to protect the patient from infections. Mask-wearing during a pandemic protects other people. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: John Clarke Source Type: news

To estimate your dog’s age in human years, you’re going to have to learn a bit more math
It turns out the age relationship between human and dog years changes over time, researchers say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bethany Brookshire Source Type: news

Racial disparities seen in how doctors treat pain, even among children
Doctor says physicians urgently need training to be more empathetic, particularly toward people of other races (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Haider J. Warraich Source Type: news

Racism in care leads to health disparities, doctors and other experts say as they push for change
Some argue that more work needs to be done to regain trust and uproot bias in their professions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tonya Russell Source Type: news

Covid-19 causes challenges for years-in-the-making study on babies and poverty
As with other researchers, the novel coronavirus forced a halt to all field work, leaving questions about the end result. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nick Keppler Source Type: news

Covid-19 upends major, years-in-the-making study on babies and poverty
As with other researchers, the novel coronavirus forced a halt to all field work, leaving questions about the end result. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nick Keppler Source Type: news

How time reshaped WHO’s noble, ambitious goals in 1978 for global heath care
Archived discussion tells the story of how the agency’s vision was cut down to size. But it also shows that the declaration’s ideas of justice still live. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

CDC: Covid-19 death toll is twice as high among people of color under age 65 as for white Americans
About 30 percent of people of color under 65 died, compared to 13 percent of their white counterparts, according to CDC's most in-depth analysis to date of covid-19 deaths in the U.S. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Republican governors who opposed mask mandates start to soften
Even in states where governors suggest mask rules are unenforceable, mayors are allowed to chart their own course. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

Touting criticized study, White House presses FDA to authorize hydroxychloroquine — again
Trade adviser Peter Navarro leads the effort with support from Rudy Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, and Laura Ingraham’s show on Fox News. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

America needs to reduce soaring overdoses. A secret supervised injection site may show us how.
The findings are the most comprehensive look at supervised injections in the United States and come amid a troubling surge in overdose deaths during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meryl Kornfield Source Type: news

An Oregon company wants to give a free mask to every American
DHVANI has given out tens of thousands of free masks, but the wait list for one already has a million names on it. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rick Maese Source Type: news

With coronavirus science still iffy, U.S. schools hope to reopen for 56.6 million K-12 students
On-site schooling is coming back despite unknowns about children spreading coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

CDC feels pressure from Trump as rift grows over coronavirus response
Email from HHS adviser accusing CDC of ‘undermining President’ offers window into pressure on nation’s public health agency. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Study results suggest pregnant women may be able to transmit coronavirus to their babies
In a preliminary study, Italian researchers found the virus that causes covid-19 in umbilical cord blood, breast milk and elsewhere among a small sample of women who had the infection. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Trump administration’s approach to testing is chaotic and unhelpful, states say
A new report from Senate Democrats outlines testing failures. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

States that raced to reopen let businesses write their own rules, documents show
Email records reveal how economic interests won out in Georgia, a dynamic also seen in other states. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Isaac Stanley-Becker Source Type: news

America is running short on masks, gowns and gloves. Again.
Health-care workers are scrambling again for supplies, reusing masks and keeping some medical offices closed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Volunteers can now sign up for large coronavirus vaccine studies
The effort to test coronavirus vaccines and other preventive measures will require tens of thousands of volunteers. Here's how to sign up. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Trump administration starts surge coronavirus testing in Florida, Louisiana and Texas
The project in three communities is aimed at dampening outbreaks by identifying cases among younger adults without symptoms. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Trump administration starts ‘surge’ coronavirus testing in Florida, Louisiana and Texas
The project in three communities is aimed at dampening outbreaks by identifying cases among younger adults without symptoms. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Injectable drug more effective at blocking HIV than daily pills
The new method holds promise as an easier, more reliable way for people at risk of acquiring HIV to protect themselves. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Bipartisan group of former government officials demand science-based approach to pandemic
Officials from the Trump, Obama and George W. Bush administrations all signed the statement, underscoring the widespread concern over Trump’s response to a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 127,000 Americans so far. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

When one pandemic disrupts another: The story of the coronavirus and HIV
The International AIDS Conference was slated to highlight uneven progress. Then, covid-19 intervened. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

The Big Number: 795,000 people a year have a stroke in the U.S.
Some 140,000 Americans die each year from a stroke, the CDC says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Talking about my cancer either drew people to me or repelled them far away
No one hears the word “cancer” and shrugs. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Litsa Dremousis Source Type: news

I’ve often been alone. It can be sad and scary. It also can be calm, even wonderful.
Despite periods of dark aloneness, I have gotten a taste for my solo moments. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: J.E. McNeil Source Type: news

Masks and gloves dot the landscape, the distinctive litter of pandemic
On foot and bike, a photographer effortlessly capture nearly 700 images of discarded personal protective equipment. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melanie D.G. Kaplan Source Type: news

Quadriplegic man’s death from covid-19 spotlights questions of disability, race and family
The hospital deemed further treatments futile’for Michael Hickson — a decision his wife opposed but others signed off on. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Hospital ratings often depend more on nice rooms than on health care
A hospital that keeps wastebaskets empty can get high marks from a patient who can’t see a virus that may be lurking. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eve Glicksman Source Type: news

Kids may lessen anxiety if they can take some risks
A psychologist advises parents on how they can help their children develop resilience. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Fish eggs can hatch even after being eaten and excreted by ducks
Though, in the lab, only a few carp eggs survived the dangerous trip through birds’ innards. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Wilke Source Type: news