Pains, chills, fatigue, vomiting and vertigo plagued me. Small fiber neuropathy caused it all.
Even neurologists will often miss this ailment. But depending on the cause, prompt treatment might reverse the disease’s progression and allow symptoms to resolve. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Turns out I wasn’t dying of covid-19 after all. I was using my pulse oximeter the wrong way.
“The right tool in the wrong hands can lead to a lot of anxiety,” one doctor says. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Debra Bruno Source Type: news

Why simple cloth masks without valves are better at fighting the spread of covid-19
Those coin-sized valves allow for the exhaling of potentially infectious respiratory droplets into the air, experts warn. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Angela Fritz Source Type: news

Elite runners deal with a pandemic ‘wall’ as races are canceled, postponed due to covid-19
Experts say high-level athletes need to seek alternatives to stay active, relieve stress. It’s also a good time to get more sleep, focus on nutrition and foster a recovery mind-set. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amanda Loudin Source Type: news

Risks for some medications rise as temperatures climb
Climate change is worsening heat waves, and too much heat can make an otherwise safe drug dangerous. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Q&A: Keeping yourself and others safe as states reopen
The latest advice on staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Johnson Source Type: news

His anemia was followed by searing foot pain. Seventeen years later, in precarious shape, a stellar athlete learned what was wrong.
A specialist’s blunt questions exposed the prolonged failure to diagnose and treat an elementary school principal for a disease that could have killed him. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sandra G. Boodman Source Type: news

With the novel coronavirus, suddenly at 60 we’re now ‘old’
At 62, I believe I speak for many other late-stage boomers when I say: Wait, what? But with the pandemic, new senior supermarket hours and more are affecting that. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

Nurses suffer ‘insufficient resource trauma’ when they lack required knowledge, personnel or supplies
Researchers come to this conclusion from a study of 372 RNs conducted before the pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

What is pool testing and how does it work?
It’s an approach officials are considering for ramping up coronavirus testing. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

Almost one-third of black Americans know someone who died of covid-19, survey shows
A Washington Post-Ipsos poll lays bare profound racial disparities in Americans’ experience of the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

CDC chief says coronavirus cases may be 10 times higher than reported
CDC Director Robert Redfield said the estimate is based on blood samples collected from across the country that look for the presence of antibodies to the virus. For every confirmed case of COVID-19, 10 more people had antibodies, he said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

How Arizona ‘lost control of the epidemic’
At critical junctures, experts say, state leaders undermined faith in data and misled the public about the severity of the crisis. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeremy Duda Source Type: news

Congo declares end of world’s second-largest Ebola outbreak
Conflict, corruption and simultaneous outbreaks of other diseases complicated the response. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Max Bearak Source Type: news

Trump health officials say they are not ‘pulling the rug’ out from testing sites
But Houston officials say ending federal management of the sites puts a strain on the city. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Coronavirus deaths lag behind surging infections but may catch up soon
As cases wipe out the previous single-day record, experts predict that deaths in the South and West will rise as well. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

CDC and drugmakers boost flu vaccine doses amid fears of an unprecedented respiratory illness season
Even as President Trump and other White House officials downplay the pandemic threat this fall, the flu preparations underscore the alarm about a double whammy of coronavirus and influenza. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

How a spring break trip to Mexico triggered a coronavirus outbreak among 60 Texas college students
A report shows how easily the virus is spread — and how it can be contained. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

Income emerges as a major predictor of coronavirus infections, along with race
Lower-income seniors are substantially more likely to develop the disease, a federal report finds. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Activists halt street protests in South Carolina as some demonstrators become infected
Covid-19 caseloads continued to soar in many parts of the U.S., most ominously in states that reopened early. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Brittany Shammas Source Type: news

Amid threats and political pushback, public health officials are leaving their posts
An already understaffed workforce is being culled during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

Barn owl siblings share their food in exchange for grooming
When there was enough food to go around, the elder siblings chose to share instead of hoard, scientists found. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Pratik Pawar Source Type: news

The Big Number:  Nearly 26 percent of parents are hesitant about flu shots for their children, study finds
Reluctance stems not from concerns about safety, but from doubts about the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Going back to the office? What public health experts say about using the elevator.
A new elevator etiquette emerges: Wear masks. Use a knuckle or an object to press the buttons. Don’t speak. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

A doctor called upon a priest to make a plasma donation. The patient says it saved his life.
After recovering from coronavirus, Rev. Robert Pace donated plasma and may have saved Jose Martinez’s life. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rick Maese Source Type: news

Coronavirus placing high stress on new, expecting moms and raising risks for mental health issues
From the isolation that stems from shelter-in-places orders to the lack of available help from friends and family members because of social distancing recommendations, the ongoing pandemic has left some moms on an island like never before. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Leffler Source Type: news

Eye care comes into focus during coronavirus
Viruses can take advantage of the eye in a couple of ways. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jill U. Adams Source Type: news

Calls for racial justice gained steam with empathy
Like other skills, empathy takes practice, and people practice it when they are motivated to do so. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamil Zaki Source Type: news

A family’s mindful signs about vandalism to their cars
“The one thing we can control is how we respond to other people’s actions,” says the woman who posted the signs. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: — Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

It’s an angry time, but it can also be energizing
The uptick in outrage is bipartisan — as is its potential for harm. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Katherine Ellison Source Type: news

What to know about the coronavirus and summertime activities
Guidance from health experts for dealing with common situations during summer months. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christie Aschwanden Source Type: news

Covid-19 deaths reveal ageist perceptions of seniors, which affects the care they receive
Older people suffer more from policies that overlook their needs as a population. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

The battle over masks in a pandemic: An all-American story
The United States has the most covid-19 deaths. It also has widely varying views on the threat. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lori Rozsa Source Type: news

Summer camp during coronavirus will look a little different
Families should expect “zombie arms” and temporary closures. Some states report few virus outbreaks in child-care centers so far. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Nation’s cancer chief warns delays in cancer care are likely to result in thousands of extra deaths in coming years
Norman "Ned" Sharpless, the director of the National Cancer Institute, warned that pandemic-related delays in cancer screenings, diagnoses and treatments will result in thousands of deaths that otherwise would not have occurred. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Stockpile of emergency medical supplies moving back to health officials’ control
The shift is part of a transition to make government run more like normal after the pandemic’s early months. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Worried about a second wave of coronavirus? We’re still in the first.
As states reopen and more tests are conducted, coronavirus cases continue to ravage the U.S. The Post spoke with experts to determine what wave we’re in. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Adriana Usero Source Type: news

Anthony S. Fauci: ‘We are still in the first wave’ of coronavirus
Top infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci spoke with The Post on June 18 as coronavirus infections have surged nationwide and many states have seen an increase in the average number of daily new cases. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allie Caren Source Type: news

Fauci: 'We are still in the first wave' of the novel coronavirus
Top infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci spoke with The Post on June 18 about how the U.S. is still in the first wave of the novel coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Allie Caren Source Type: news

Blood plasma from people who recovered is a safe covid-19 treatment, study says
Blood plasma from recovered patients is a century-old treatment in medicine, and physicians hope it may provide a stopgap treatment before drugs or a vaccine are developed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

When, why and how to wear a mask during this pandemic, according to the experts
Experts say there’s a “collective responsibility” to wearing a mask in public. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Teddy Amenabar Source Type: news

Hundreds of health-care workers lost their lives battling the coronavirus
They signed up to save other people’s lives. And then they began dying of covid-19 by the scores. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kent Babb Source Type: news

The ultimate covid-19 mystery: Why does it spare some and kill others?
Scientists are exploring genetic factors, including a person’s blood type, how the virus is transmitted, and whether particular strains might be more lethal. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Trump pushing officials to speed up already-ambitious coronavirus vaccine timeline
(Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Inexpensive steroid dexamethasone is the first drug to reduce deaths from covid-19
The drug is the first to reduce deaths from covid-19, according to a news release, but physicians are eager for the full scientific report. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karla Adam Source Type: news

Children are only half as likely to get infected with the coronavirus, study finds
Low rates of sickness from covid-19 could influence school policies, authors say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Put a lid on it, folks: Flushing may release coronavirus-containing ‘toilet plumes’
Flushing can spew aerosol droplets into the air, a new study finds, but it remains unknown whether that can lead to transmission. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karin Brulliard Source Type: news

Children are only half as likely to get infected by the coronavirus, research shows
Low rates of sickness from covid-19 could influence school policies, authors say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Widespread mask-wearing could prevent covid-19 second waves, study says
The research suggests even homemade masks can dramatically reduce transmission rates if enough people wear them in public. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kate Kelland Source Type: news

World’s largest turtle colony nearly twice as big as thought
Australian scientists determined that there were about 64,000 green turtles waiting to lay eggs on Raine Island. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news