America to face a shortage of primary care physicians within a decade or so
Fewer medical school graduates are choosing such a field, and that spells trouble as the boomer generation ages. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Victoria Knight Source Type: news

When the future is running out, narrating the past helps to prepare
A growing body of work suggests that storytelling creates a sense of mattering. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dhruv Khullar Source Type: news

The Big Number: 20 million caregivers perform complex medical and nursing tasks
And half of these are doing this for loved one at home. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

I was wary of scooters. Now I may buy one.
Some people can’t stand the electric vehicles. But others have discovered they are a quick and easy way to maneuver around a city. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jenny Rough Source Type: news

‘Well, that was a weird moment’ and other signs of dementia family members should watch for
Pay attention to changes and seek advice even when concerns are not extreme, experts on the disease say. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susan Berger Source Type: news

Archaic tooth gives some teeth to theory of interbreeding among different kinds of humans
160,000-year-old molar shows Homo sapiens, Denisovans mated and swapped genetic material, report suggests. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susan Berger Source Type: news

This show is really ‘Sick.’ If you’re concerned about your health, that’s why you should watch it.
The online series takes brief-but-deep dives into what diseases — such as malaria, measles and lupus — do to our bodies. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Trump kills key drug price proposal he once embraced
The about-face complicates the president’s desire to tout his record on lowering drug prices as part of his 2020 campaign. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

White House kills key drug pricing rule to eliminate hidden rebates
The decision complicates the president’s efforts to make lowering prescription drug prices a key part of his 2020 election campaign. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Trump signs executive order revamping kidney care, organ transplantation
A package of initiatives aims to prolong lives, offer alternatives to center-based hemodialysis and save money. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Trump orders overhaul of organ transplant and kidney dialysis systems
The administration plan aims to prolong lives, make more organs available and save billions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Appeals judges question whether the ACA can stand without insurance penalty
“If you no longer have the tax, why isn’t it unconstitutional?” asked Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod, one of two members of the three-judge panel who were appointed by Republican presidents. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Trump to order overhaul of organ transplant and kidney dialysis systems
The administration plan aims to prolong lives, make more organs available and save billions. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Federal judge blocks Trump rule requiring drug prices in TV ads
The decision, handed down just hours before the rule was to take effect, came in response to a lawsuit by three drugmakers challenging HHS’s authority. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Harmful blue-green algae has taken over Mississippi beaches, forcing 21 to close
Blue-green algae, also known as Cyanobacteria, can produce toxins that could cause a host of human health problems, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Morgan Krakow Source Type: news

Don’t let these problems prevent you from eating healthfully
How to handle some common dietary challenges as we age. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

One-third of toddlers exposed to Zika in the womb suffer developmental problems, study says
Children born without microcephaly still suffered developmental problems, although some improved. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

5th Circuit decision on ACA could create political havoc for GOP
Appellate court ruling carries high political stakes for 2020 presidential and congressional candidates, as well as American consumers. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 8 meant growing up quickly
Daily insulin injections, monitoring blood sugar and watching food intake have become a way of life after 18 years. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Anthony Cave Source Type: news

Yes, breast cancer survivors, you can lift weights, get manicures and garden
Many of these do’s and don’ts have been debunked by research. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Susan Berger Source Type: news

The Big Number: 2 hours a week outdoors suggested for better health
People who spend at least two hours a week in a natural environment are more likely to have better physical health and psychological well-being, research finds. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

‘Sometimes, there’s no do-over’: Pool safety campaign aims to reduce child drownings
Brain injury or death are far from the minds of most families who own or use pools. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Scientists say they found a cure for HIV in some mice. Humans could be next.
Researchers say they eliminated HIV in nine of 23 mice that were modified so their immune systems better mimicked those of humans. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Mold infections leave one dead and force closure of operating rooms at children’s hospital
Other medical centers have worked with the children’s hospital to take over the most urgent disrupted surgeries, a hospital official said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

Mold infections leave one dead and force the closure of operating rooms at a children’s hospital
Other medical centers are working with the children’s hospital to take over the most urgent disrupted surgeries, a hospital official said. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Knowles Source Type: news

The Big Number: 180 people a day land in ER for injuries from fireworks around July 4
The injuries most often affect hands and fingers. And sparklers can be dangerous, too (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

Medication abortions can’t be ‘reversed.’ A law forcing doctors to say they can be is headed to court.
The AMA argues that the law forces doctors to lie to patients, violating their right to free speech. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kayla Epstein Source Type: news

What’s in your toothpaste anyway?
Triclosan, an antibacterial, was essentially removed from toothpaste in the U.S. market, but there are ingredients worth knowing about. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news

Medicare weighs whether to pay for acupuncture
A decision to expand coverage would thrust the government health insurance program into the long-standing debate about whether the practice is good medicine. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Trump fixates on drug prices as campaign looms
Advisers explore once-taboo ideas like importing drugs from Canada and negotiating Medicare drug prices. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

Trump advisers pursue Democratic drug-price ideas as campaign looms
Top health official reverses his stance on importing drugs from Canada, but sharp differences remain. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

CDC warns swimmers about ‘Crypto,’ a parasite that can live for days in pools
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning about a rise in the number of outbreaks caused by the fecal parasite Cryptosporidium, or “Crypto.” (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Glaucoma can lead to blindness. Researchers foresee changing that.
Future treatment could include therapies to protect nerve cells in the eye and perhaps even restore lost sight. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Woolston Source Type: news

‘I’ve gained my life back’: New tests may help those with persistent urinary tract infections
UTIs are common, but for some people the agony persists even when standard tests show nothing, and the pain and urgency become chronic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Suzannah Weiss Source Type: news

The Big Number: 280 people a day land in ER for injuries from fireworks around July 4
The injuries most often affect hands and fingers. And sparklers can be dangerous, too (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Linda Searing Source Type: news

‘I’m not me’: A bizarre disorder leaves people feeling distant from their bodies
With depersonalization, people often complain of feeling emotionally, physically and cognitively numb. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nathan Dunne Source Type: news

Encounters with wildlife increase with urbanization. Here’s how to live in harmony.
Rather than being too friendly or overly fearful, people should be aware and respectful of wildlife that may be in their neighborhoods. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Leslie Burger Source Type: news

Many older adults feel positive about their health. Here’s why.
Even with chronic illnesses and impairments, they tend to focus on emotional well-being, relationships, satisfaction with life. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Judith Graham Source Type: news

For brain health, skip the supplements and focus on a healthy diet
Spending on non-vitamin brain health supplements can cost up to $60 a month for seniors — money that could be put toward fresh fruit and vegetables, which do make a difference. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Steven DeKosky Source Type: news

This online exhibit of jaw tumors, human skulls and cysts will either intrigue you or gross you out.
Memento Mütter invites its audience to reflect on the nature of humanity and mortality. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Blakemore Source Type: news

Insulin pumps are vulnerable to hacking, FDA warns amid recall
The FDA is warning patients who use two devices from Medtronic that they might be at risk of possible hacking. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Morgan Krakow Source Type: news

Former FDA head Gottlieb joins Pfizer board
He left the agency in April, after speeding generic drug approvals and battling a surge in teen vaping. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laurie McGinley Source Type: news

Federal government demands part of Oklahoma’s $270 million deal with Purdue
“You ain’t getting it,” one lawmaker responded when told the federal government believes it is “entitled” to a portion of the windfall. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

HPV vaccine now recommended through age 45 in some cases
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend HPV vaccination for women and men ages 27 through 45. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Appellate court raises potential new threat to ACA
The 5th Circuit questioned whether the House and Democratic states have standing to appeal a Texas decision that the law is unconstitutional. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Yasmeen Abutaleb Source Type: news

New HPV vaccine recommendation for people through age 45
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend HPV vaccination for women and men ages 27 through 45. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lindsey Bever Source Type: news

Judge orders stem cell company to stop selling treatment
The court order bars clinic from performing a procedure that blinded four patients. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: William Wan Source Type: news

Oklahoma leaders reach deal on settlement money to curb drug crisis
Tens of millions of dollars will go toward helping the state abate an opioid epidemic that has killed thousands there. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lenny Bernstein Source Type: news

Trump signs executive order to compel disclosure of health-care prices
The order directs HHS to write rules requiring hospitals and insurers to disclose for the first time the rates they negotiate. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Goldstein Source Type: news

Have trouble sleeping? ‘Blue light’ from devices may be to blame. There are some possible remedies.
Answers include glasses or apps that block this part of light spectrum, more sun during the day and cut down your screen time at night. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - June 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Consumer Reports Source Type: news