Patients with underlying conditions were 12 times as likely to die of covid-19 as otherwise healthy people, CDC finds
The data released Monday is consistent with earlier reports showing the disproportionate impact the pandemic has on people with underlying medical conditions and on minority groups. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Coronavirus recommendations ignored as case numbers rise
In some places, public health advice is being drowned out as a weary public tries to return to normal. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Patients with underlying conditions were 12 times more likely to die from covid-19 than otherwise healthy people, CDC finds
The data released Monday are consistent with earlier reports showing the disproportionate impact the pandemic has on people with underlying medical conditions and on minority groups. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

FDA pulls emergency approval for antimalarial drugs touted by Trump as covid-19 treatment
Former agency official calls the earlier OK a "train wreck" that underscored the administration’s willingness "to put political expediency ahead of scientific expertise." (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Volunteers sign up to put their lives on the line for a coronavirus vaccine
These vaccine trials would be unlike any others: Researchers would inject healthy volunteers with an experimental vaccine and then expose them to the coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

Since the pandemic, 39 percent of Americans use cleansers and disinfectants in risky ways
CDC report says people wash fruits and vegetables and their hands and bodies with such products. Some are even drinking or gargling with bleach-type solutions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

‘Seinfeld,’ science and yada, yada, yada
As the 31st anniversary of the famous TV series approaches, let’s take a look at what science has to say about its most memorable episodes. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bill Sullivan Source Type: news

Childhood bed-wetting vs. pandemic: How parents can reduce episodes at home
Watching what kids’ drink at night, starting a voiding diary are some of the simple steps that can tackle the problem. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marcos Del Rosario-Santiago Source Type: news

Can exercising too hard and too long cause heart problems?
Endurance exercises may raise risk of atrial fibrillation, research shows. But experts say such workouts are fine — unless they cause an irregular heartbeat. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christie Aschwanden Source Type: news

Spate of new research supports wearing masks to control coronavirus spread
Face masks appear to be most effective when supplemented with hand-washing and physical distancing, researchers have found. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Guarino Source Type: news

High blood pressure drugs apparently don’t add to covid-19 danger as earlier feared
Recent studies suggest they don’t make people more susceptible to becoming infected with the coronavirus, nor do they exacerbate the disease. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Marlene Cimons Source Type: news

Intermittent fasting works for many — not only for weight loss but also for heart health
Reports and experts say it provides significant benefits. But some medical professionals want to see more studies to determine short- and long-term effects. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

Questions grow about the need for cardiac stress tests
Researchers say many people with artery blockages restricting blood flow during stress testing did not live longer, or avoid future heart attacks, after they got such procedures. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Harlan Krumholz Source Type: news

How the genetic code was cracked, with paper and pencil and no computers
In 1960s, biochemist Marshall W. Nirenberg and colleagues raced to figure out the universal cipher shared by every living organism’s cells. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Trump administration removes non-discrimination protections for transgender people in health care
The rule change represents an important setback in the movement for LGBTQ rights. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

As coronavirus cases climb, some local officials put reopening on hold
A few leaders are bucking the trend of reopening most businesses. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

CDC urges organizers of large gatherings to ‘strongly encourage’ use of face masks
The guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes after more than a week of national protests against police brutality where many attendees and police did not wear masks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Should you get tested for the coronavirus after protesting? Here’s what experts say about the risks.
One epidemiologist told The Washington Post: "The risk is clearly nonzero." (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Teddy Amenabar Source Type: news

Depression and anxiety spiked among black Americans after George Floyd’s death
America’s mental health was already deteriorating from the pandemic, but amid protests and racial unrest, black and Asian Americans have suffered even sharper rises in problems, while white Americans have been left relatively untouched. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alyssa Fowers Source Type: news

CDC urges organizers of large gatherings to “strongly encourage” use of face masks
The guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes after more than a week of national protests against police brutality where many attendees and police did not wear masks. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Can old vaccines from science’s medicine cabinet ward off coronavirus?
The old vaccines are oddities among the cutting-edge and targeted technologies being developed to combat the novel coronavirus. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Political and health leaders’ embrace of Floyd protests fuels debate over coronavirus restrictions
Protesters cite racism’s role in George Floyd’s death and the pandemic as justification for marching. Groups criticized for taking to the streets for other causes see a “double standard.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rachel Weiner Source Type: news

These people have been sick with coronavirus for more than 60 days.
They may be experiencing a continuing infection, slow recovery or post-viral condition. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Surgeons perform first known U.S. lung transplant for covid-19 patient
The recipient, a woman in her 20s, could not have survived without the operation, her doctor said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Coronavirus hospitalizations rise sharply in several states following Memorial Day
Since Memorial Day, covid-19 hospitalizations in at least nine states have been on the rise. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Samantha Pell Source Type: news

Safety-net health providers get $25 billion to help keep their doors open
The aid from the Trump administration follows criticism that it has been slow to assist the most vulnerable parts of the health-care system. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Are asymptomatic people spreading the coronavirus? A WHO official’s words spark confusion, debate
The World Health Organization moved Tuesday to clarify its position on whether people without symptoms are widely spreading the new coronavirus, saying much remains unknown about asymptomatic transmission. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Hugo Sosa survived the ICU. But for coronavirus patients like him, that’s just the start of recovery.
For the fortunate covid-19 patients like Sosa who survived intensive care and long stretches on ventilators, the road home is often an arduous, lonely journey that runs through places like Burke (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

U.S. government works with drugmakers to maximize availability of influenza vaccines
CDC official is worried that a substantial flu season on top of another wave of coronavirus could swamp the health-care system this fall. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

14 states and Puerto Rico hit highest seven-day average of new coronavirus infections
The past two weeks of anti-police-brutality protests are yet another variable in how the virus is spreading in the United States. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kim Bellware Source Type: news

A patient care technician is mourned on two continents after succumbing to covid-19
Obinna Eke was only weeks away earning from his college degree while working at New Jersey’s University Hospital. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Karen Weintraub Source Type: news

Women are 10 percent less likely than men to be given cholesterol-lowering statin drugs
Overall, researchers found that doctors treating women prescribe cardiovascular disease medications less often than do doctors treating men. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Shutdowns prevented 60 million coronavirus infections in the U.S., study finds
Another study estimated that the shutdowns saved about 3.1 million lives in 11 European countries and dropped infection rates by an average of 82 percent. Both reports were published Monday in the journal Nature. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

Some covid-19 patients taken off ventilators are taking days or even weeks to wake up
“It’s a big deal,” says Weill Cornell neurologist. The consequences can range from mental fog, and mild memory lapses, to severe neurological problems. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dan Hurley Source Type: news

Waiting period rules for blood donations reflect homophobia rather than science, activists say
They and others argue that donors are screened for risk and blood donations are checked for HIV, other pathogens. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Darlena Cunha Source Type: news

‘I have never felt so helpless’: Front-line workers confront loss
As the first wave of patients subsides, many health-care workers are struggling with the death and devastation they saw close up and — perhaps most difficult — with their own inability to save more people’s lives. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Huge, peaceful protests mark anti-racism demonstrations around the globe
Twelve days after George Floyd was slain, the marches attracted tens of thousands in some cities as tensions with police ebbed. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Meryl Kornfield Source Type: news

I learned the impact of prolonged exposure to stress from my foster child
I saw a 12-year-old who wanted to be happy, but after a lifetime of abuse and neglect she didn’t know how. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jenn O'Connor Source Type: news

‘We don’t get justice’: When a black girl’s death from covid-19 feels like a collision of two crises
Anger, grief over toll of covid-19 and police violence spill out at Baltimore teen’s memorial service. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Yes, there is goodness to be found even in these dark days. Its name is kindness
Kindness isn’t a cure — our challenges are far too serious — but it can make a big difference for those around you. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven Petrow Source Type: news

In ‘Growing Young,’ author uncovers the less-obvious tactics in the quest for human longevity
The book is as much an exploration of longevity’s enemies — loneliness, anxiety, a lack of supportive social networks — as its boosters. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Amid reopenings and street protests, coronavirus transmission remains high in much of the U.S.
Caseloads climb in South, Midwest and far West, according to FEMA and other virus trackers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Joel Achenbach Source Type: news

‘They are all linked’: George Floyd. Freddie Gray. Dar’Yana Dyson.
Anger, grief over toll of covid-19 and police violence spill out at Baltimore teen’s memorial service. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ariana Eunjung Cha Source Type: news

Protest vs. public health: As a doctor, I’m conflicted
If you join the outcry against racism, there are ways to lessen the risk of covid-19. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Scott Lee Source Type: news

EMT kept working in hard-hit Detroit suburb despite escalating coronavirus risks
Paul Novicki, 51, retired first responder for Huron Township, Mich., died April 9. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chelsea Janes Source Type: news

CDC director says protesters should consider getting tested for coronavirus
Robert Redfield said he is concerned public health messages about wearing masks and social distancing are not resonating with the public. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lena H. Sun Source Type: news

Researchers retract study that found big risks in using hydroxychloroquine to treat covid-19
Three of the authors of a study that found the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine was dangerous for hospitalized covid-19 patients retracted it Thursday, saying they could “no longer vouch for the veracity of the primary data sources.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Race, ethnicity data to be required with coronavirus tests starting Aug. 1
The Trump administration’s guidance comes after months of criticism that it hasn’t documented disparities in who is getting sick and dying. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

The biggest challenge for a coronavirus vaccine could be getting countries to share
Global leaders came together Thursday to raise at least $2 billion toward providing a future coronavirus vaccine to people throughout the world — a precarious diplomatic endeavor and one of the biggest unresolved problems in using a vaccine to combat the pandemic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

The coronavirus pandemic claims another victim: Medical research for deadly rare diseases
Work on many conditions is deemed nonessential, dismaying families who found hope in promising treatments. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news