Children, tackle football and the possible dangers of brain diseases
Kids playing the sport can face the threat of concussions, cognitive troubles and behavioral problems. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Robert C. Cantu Source Type: news

Naloxone, a drug that reverses overdoses, can save lives. Here’s why you should learn how to use it.
It’s a skill you may need, especially if you know someone who takes large doses of prescription opioids or abuses such drugs. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Mystery lung illness linked to vaping. Health officials investigating nearly 100 possible cases.
State and federal health officials are investigating dozens of cases of mystery lung illnesses related to vaping in young people across the country. The states include California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

FDA’s proposed new cigarette warnings are scary. That’s the point.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed graphic health warnings for cigarette packages to raise further awareness about smoking risks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Planned Parenthood to exit federal program Aug. 19 over abortion ‘gag rule’ unless court rules in its favor
The women's health clinic has said the changes are morally wrong and could potentially endanger the lives of its patients. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Planned Parenthood to exit federal family planning program Aug. 19 over abortion ‘gag rule’ unless court rules in its favor
The women's health clinic provider has said the changes are morally wrong, and could potentially endanger the lives of its patients. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Planned Parenthood to exit federal family planning program Aug. 19 over abortion ‘gag rule’ if court does not act
The women's health clinic provider has said the changes are morally wrong, and could potentially endanger the lives of its patients. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

New antibiotic approved for drug-resistant tuberculosis
The drug was developed by a nonprofit group, in what some hope will become an alternative model since drug companies have largely abandoned the unprofitable work. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Agency did not conduct required oversight of program for those with disabilities
Health and Human Services did not conduct a single on-site visit of independent living programs, its inspector general found. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

U.S. health panel recommends doctors screen all adults for illicit drug use
If finalized, the task force’s guidelines would make screening free or low-cost. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Abortion support remains steady despite growing partisan divide, survey finds
One of the largest-ever surveys on attitudes about abortion shows an increased partisan divide. But support for abortion remains steady, with no more than a quarter of residents in any state supporting a total ban. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

A flight attendant who contracted measles has died amid a global rise in outbreaks
The flight attendant, who had reportedly received one of two immunizations, had been in a coma since April. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Morgan Krakow Source Type: news

Newark begins giving residents bottled water amid ongoing lead problems
“Newark is what keeps me up at night now," says the pediatrician who helped expose the Flint water crisis. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Clare Fieseler Source Type: news

Going to have surgery? What you can do to make it go more smoothly.
Follow these diet, exercise, nutrition and other strategies to help you prepare physically and mentally for the operation. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

The Big Number: Lefties make up about 10 percent of the world
The trait of sinistrality is rare, but it was even rarer more than 100 years ago. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Caregivers taunted a 91-year old with dementia on video, lawsuit says. They’ve been fired and charged.
"They were supposed to be caring for her, but instead they frightened her and wanted to embarrass her." (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Morgan Krakow Source Type: news

No, Lyme disease is not an escaped military bioweapon, despite what conspiracy theorists say
Some tick-spread bacteria could be weaponized — but this would be a pretty useless choice. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sam Telford Source Type: news

I’m an ICU nurse. I know I need an end-of-life directive. So why can’t I bring myself to write it?
Few want to think about their own deaths. And forms rarely capture the complexity of real-life medical decision-making. But there are ways to tackle these and other roadblocks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Andrea Useem Source Type: news

‘My entire scalp was on fire’: A doctor repeatedly insisted she had a tension headache. Something more serious was going on.
A woman’s persistence — and new doctors — found the real source of her strange pain. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra G. Boodman Source Type: news

Anxiety complicates life for dementia patients — and their caregivers
About 80 percent of people with the mental disorder experience angst and agitation. My mom is one of them. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Mary-Ellen Deily Source Type: news

Helpful CDC tips on how best to avoid food poisonings
The agency’s Web page is packed with info about the ailment: what causes it, how to tell if you’ve got it and how to prevent it. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

A revenge-seeking woman went viral by telling men she gave them HIV. Then police asked for a blood test.
How does a woman who describes herself as "nasty and evil" get revenge? A viral video telling men she gave them HIV. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Deanna Paul Source Type: news

Why one family mourning El Paso victims chose to meet with Trump
Tito Anchondo, who lost his beloved brother and sister-in-law in the El Paso rampage, said he chose to take his orphaned nephew to meet President Trump and the first lady. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

A revenge-seeking woman went viral by telling men she gave them HIV. Now police want a blood test.
How does a woman who describes herself as "nasty and evil" get revenge? A viral video telling men she gave them HIV. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Deanna Paul Source Type: news

Medicare will cover pioneering cancer treatment nationwide
Medicare announced it would cover CAR T-cell therapy, an innovative but expensive treatment for blood cancers, nationwide. Previously, the program's regional administrators decided whether to cover the therapy. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

FDA: Gene therapy maker submitted manipulated data before drug was approved
The FDA said Tuesday the maker of a newly approved $2 million gene therapy was aware that some of the testing data in its application to the agency was manipulated. But it said the treatment, called Zolgensma, should remain on the market. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

FDA: Gene therapy maker knew of data manipulation before drug was approved
The FDA said Tuesday the maker of a newly approved $2 million gene therapy was aware that some of the testing data in its application to the agency was manipulated. But it said the treatment, called Zolgensma, should remain on the market. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

El Paso medical center raced to save the lives of rampage victims
“You just got to get in, stop the bleeding . . . then come back and fight another day,” said the chief of surgery. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Is your ‘healthy’ bread actually good for you?
Understanding such terms as organic, grains and fiber will help select the right loaf (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

Are video games or mental illness causing America’s mass shootings? No, research shows.
Studies of mass shooters find a fraction have mental health issues, and there's little to no evidence for a link to video games. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Think you have athlete’s foot? Here’s how to treat it and avoid more serious problems.
Try OTC medications first. But if your symptoms don’t improve after a couple of weeks, go see a doctor. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jill U. Adams Source Type: news

For older people, surgery poses risks that aren’t always made clear
Surgeons tend to focus on what the operation will try to fix instead of what may occur afterward: “We couldn’t even imagine what ended up happening.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Judith Graham Source Type: news

The Big Number: 35 inch or larger waist size linked to increased health risks in older women
This was so even if weight and BMI were in normal range, says study of 156,624 postmenopausal women. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

‘Have you ever seen someone die?’ A doctor recounts her angst of shutting off life support for a dying patient.
Questions tumbled through her head, such as: What about my distress? Does being a physician mean that I have to be an emotional robot? (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Cowan Source Type: news

Does a sugar detox work? I’m on it and have had some surprising results.
My doctor said I needed to lose weight and that getting off the sweet-tasting carbohydrate was the way to do it. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Don’t like your old tattoo? Here’s advice on how to get rid of it.
Laser usually produces the best results, but surgery and dermabrasion are also used. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda A. Johnson Source Type: news

For people with disabilities, finding clothing that is stylish and meets their needs is getting easier.
A rise in “adaptive design” has meant fewer baggy sweatsuits and more esteem-lifting, conventional-looking clothes and shoes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Annie Groer Source Type: news

I thought the rashes were insect bites. I actually had shingles, and it was horrible.
Too late for the vaccine to prevent the painful nerve condition, I had to focus on long-term treatment. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christine Lehmann Source Type: news

Do kids really lose their school learning during summer break? A researcher finds mostly not.
Using national data on elementary children, the expert says the concern is overblown and that stronger students, not weaker ones, actually lose the most. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abel J. Koury Source Type: news

Today’s hospitals discover the therapeutic touch of art
Article delves into how medical facilities around the world are using such creative works to liven up their buildings. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Medicare boosts payment for breakthrough cancer therapy
Medicare's is increasing payments to cancer centers for the pioneering CAR T-cell therapy, making it likely more patients will receive it. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

How an epic legal battle brought a secret drug database to light
The companies objected. So did the DEA. But a federal appeals court liberated the ARCOS opioid data. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Racism has devastating effects on children’s health, pediatricians warn
“It’s a new age of racism,” a doctor says. Her patients are suffering the consequences. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Health officials try new tactics against measles outbreak
“All it takes is one 2-year-old slobbering kid” to set off the next chain of infection, New York City’s health commissioner says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Health officials try new tactics against measles outbreaks
“All it takes is one 2-year-old slobbering kid” to set off the next chain of infection. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Superstar athletes popularize unproven stem cell procedures
Treatments for Max Scherzer and other pros may mislead fans about costly, controversial, unapproved shots. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Liz Szabo Source Type: news

Democrats’ ‘missed opportunity’ to talk about drug prices
Their low-wattage focus contrasts with Trump’s growing attention on a top voter concern. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Once considered a far-left idea, ‘public option’ insurance swerves into the mainstream
Nearly every Democratic presidential candidate who opposes more far-reaching Medicare-for-all plans is for some version of a “public option.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

White House races to come up with health-care wins for Trump’s campaign
The president wants to inoculate himself against Democratic attacks, but his proposals are drawing ire from GOP lawmakers and the drug industry. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Trump administration outlines plans for eventual importation of cheaper drugs
But experts say it could take years for the rules to be finalized, and the drug industry is likely to challenge such efforts in court. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news