Monday, June 26, 2017

Unauthorized and Sick, Some Immigrants Steer Clear of Medical Care


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Unauthorized and Sick, Some Immigrants Steer Clear of Medical Care
Around the country, clinics that serve immigrants report seeing fewer patients since the Trump administration issued broad deportation orders. Read more article at hafana

Nearly Half of Teens Have Had Sex by Age 19, Survey Finds


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health Nearly Half of Teens Have Had Sex by Age 19, Survey Finds
Sexual activity declined among adolescents in the 1990s, and rates have remained low. Still, teenagers in the United States are more likely to become pregnant than those in other western countries. Read more article at hafana

The Lab Says It’s Cancer. But Sometimes the Lab Is Wrong.


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health The Lab Says It’s Cancer. But Sometimes the Lab Is Wrong.
Thousands of patients may receive incorrect cancer diagnoses each year because of biopsy mix-ups. New technology can help prevent the mistakes — if pathologists adopt it. Read more article at hafana

U.S. Malaria Donations Saved Almost 2 Million African Children


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health U.S. Malaria Donations Saved Almost 2 Million African Children
The President’s Malaria Initiative, started in 2005, has saved 1.7 million children in Africa for only $500 million a year, a new study finds. Read more article at hafana

The Solution for Skin Ailments Could Be Right Under Your Nose


By FERRIS JABR from NYT Health The Solution for Skin Ailments Could Be Right Under Your Nose
While bacteria has long been associated with disorders like acne and eczema, scientists are now fighting back with friendly members of the skin’s microbiome. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Cuts to Medicaid May Limit Access to Nursing Homes


By JORDAN RAU from NYT Health Cuts to Medicaid May Limit Access to Nursing Homes
Medicaid, targeted by Republicans’ health care bills, pays for most of the 1.4 million elderly people in nursing homes. Cutbacks to the program may limit their care. Read more article at hafana

At Nursing Homes, Medicaid Cuts Would Reach Even the Upper Middle Class


By JORDAN RAU from NYT Health At Nursing Homes, Medicaid Cuts Would Reach Even the Upper Middle Class
Medicaid, targeted by Republicans’ health care bill, pays for most of the 1.4 million elderly people in nursing homes, some of whom do not know they are on it. Read more article at hafana

Friday, June 23, 2017

Senate Health Plan Falls Short of Promise for Cheaper Care, Experts Say


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Senate Health Plan Falls Short of Promise for Cheaper Care, Experts Say
Republicans and President Trump have said a new health law would make it easier and more affordable to get care. But the opposite may be true. Read more article at hafana

How Medicaid Works, and Who It Covers


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and KATE ZERNIKE from NYT Health How Medicaid Works, and Who It Covers
One of the biggest flash points in the debate over Republican health care legislation is the future of Medicaid. Here are some basic facts about the 52-year-old program. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Insurers Battle Families Over Costly Drug for Fatal Disease


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Insurers Battle Families Over Costly Drug for Fatal Disease
The case of Exondys 51 poses emotionally charged issues for families of young boys with a rare illness, who are fighting companies to get coverage for an expensive drug approved on a lower bar of proof. Read more article at hafana

EU Court: Vaccines Can Be Blamed for Illnesses Without Proof


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health EU Court: Vaccines Can Be Blamed for Illnesses Without Proof
The highest court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

With Health Law in Flux, Insurers Scramble to Meet Filing Deadline


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health With Health Law in Flux, Insurers Scramble to Meet Filing Deadline
Facing Wednesday’s deadline to file plans for the federal marketplace, several insurers are ambivalent about staying, and premiums are also likely to be higher. Read more article at hafana

New Surveys Suggest Teen Vaping Rates Falling


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health New Surveys Suggest Teen Vaping Rates Falling
Teen vaping, which has been skyrocketing, fell dramatically last year in the United States. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Draft Order on Drug Prices Proposes Easing Regulations


By SHEILA KAPLAN and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Draft Order on Drug Prices Proposes Easing Regulations
A draft of an executive order obtained by The Times appears to give the drug industry what it wants with no guarantee that consumer costs will fall. Read more article at hafana

Middle Class, Not Poor, Could Suffer if Trump Ends Health Payments


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Middle Class, Not Poor, Could Suffer if Trump Ends Health Payments
Americans who earn too much to qualify for premium assistance could face double-digit rate increases if the government stops making cost-sharing payments. Read more article at hafana

Monday, June 19, 2017

Drones to the Rescue


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Drones to the Rescue
Researchers find that drones carrying heart defibrillators can reach cardiac arrest victims quicker than ambulances. Read more article at hafana

A Dire Weekly Total for the U.S.: 25 Children Killed by Guns


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health A Dire Weekly Total for the U.S.: 25 Children Killed by Guns
Between 2012 and 2014, an average of 1,297 children died each year from such injuries. Read more article at hafana

The High-Tech Device That’s Like a Bouncer for Mosquitoes


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health The High-Tech Device That’s Like a Bouncer for Mosquitoes
New traps that use infrared beams to identify insects are helping researchers capture more of the disease-carrying insects they need. Read more article at hafana

Inspired by War Zones, Balloon Device May Save Civilians From Fatal Blood Loss


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Inspired by War Zones, Balloon Device May Save Civilians From Fatal Blood Loss
Developed to save victims of battlefield trauma, a plastic tube with a balloon at its tip can give doctors precious time to halt internal bleeding. Read more article at hafana

Shootings Kill or Injure at Least 19 US Children Each Day


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Shootings Kill or Injure at Least 19 US Children Each Day
Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence. Read more article at hafana

Friday, June 16, 2017

Trump Vowed to ‘Take Care’ of Opioid Crisis. Some See Few Signs of Action.


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Trump Vowed to ‘Take Care’ of Opioid Crisis. Some See Few Signs of Action.
As a candidate, President Trump vowed to “take care” of the opioid epidemic. But some addiction experts say his action so far, a commission, is a waste of time. Read more article at hafana

Scalise Faces Prospect of Multiple Operations


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Scalise Faces Prospect of Multiple Operations
Trauma surgeons have learned that a series of operations for such wounds have better outcomes than one long operation. Read more article at hafana

As Opioid Panel Meets, Some Say Action, Not Study, Is Needed


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health As Opioid Panel Meets, Some Say Action, Not Study, Is Needed
As a candidate, President Trump vowed to “take care” of the opioid epidemic. But some addiction experts say his action so far, a commission, is a waste of time. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Turtles Bred for Food in Asia Can Transport Cholera


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Turtles Bred for Food in Asia Can Transport Cholera
Cholera bacteria can thrive on the shells and in the intestines of edible turtles shipped to food markets, scientists say. Read more article at hafana

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hearing Aids at the Mall? Congress Could Make It Happen


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Hearing Aids at the Mall? Congress Could Make It Happen
Under the proposed Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017, the devices would become more widely available and much cheaper. Read more article at hafana

The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body


By NATALIE ANGIER from NYT Health The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body
The underrated, unloved liver performs more than 300 vital functions. No wonder the ancients believed it to be the home of the human soul. Read more article at hafana

More Than 10 Percent of World’s Population Is Obese, Study Finds


By MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health More Than 10 Percent of World’s Population Is Obese, Study Finds
A study in The New England Journal of Medicine showed problem had swept the globe, including regions that have historically had food shortages. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Flexibility That A.C.A. Lent to Work Force Is Threatened by G.O.P. Plan


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Flexibility That A.C.A. Lent to Work Force Is Threatened by G.O.P. Plan
People in transition because of layoffs, moves, illness or new ventures turned to Obamacare’s marketplaces as a stopgap, but that option may soon be gone. Read more article at hafana

Seizing on Opioid Crisis, a Drug Maker Lobbies Hard for Its Product


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and KATE ZERNIKE from NYT Health Seizing on Opioid Crisis, a Drug Maker Lobbies Hard for Its Product
Despite limited evidence to prove its drug works, the maker of Vivitrol has used political connections and marketing to push for its use for detoxing. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Michigan Case Adds U.S. Dimension to Debate on Genital Mutilation


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health Michigan Case Adds U.S. Dimension to Debate on Genital Mutilation
The first-ever charges in America call attention to the practices of a small Muslim sect, and have women coming forward to describe their experiences. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, June 8, 2017

F.D.A. Asks Drug Maker to Stop Selling a Dangerous Opioid


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health F.D.A. Asks Drug Maker to Stop Selling a Dangerous Opioid
The agency’s request about the drug, Opana ER, may signal a more aggressive approach against prescription opioids that are found to be widely abused. Read more article at hafana

5% of U.S. Pregnant Women With Zika Had Baby With a Birth Defect


By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS from NYT Health 5% of U.S. Pregnant Women With Zika Had Baby With a Birth Defect
The report, published on Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also provided for the first time preliminary estimates of this risk by trimester. Read more article at hafana

Cancer Drug Proves to Be Effective Against Multiple Tumors


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Cancer Drug Proves to Be Effective Against Multiple Tumors
The drug, Keytruda, is the first approved for patients with tumors with a particular genetic signature, wherever they appear in the body. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Anthem Will Exit Health Insurance Exchange in Ohio


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Anthem Will Exit Health Insurance Exchange in Ohio
The decision by the for-profit Blue Cross/Blue Shield to leave the Obamacare markets in 2018 will leave about 13,000 people without an insurer. Read more article at hafana

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Dilemma for Diabetes Patients: How Low to Push Blood Sugar, and How to Do It?


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health A Dilemma for Diabetes Patients: How Low to Push Blood Sugar, and How to Do It?
Some medications lower blood sugar yet increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes. Others have no effect. But researchers agree: Far too little is known. Read more article at hafana

Women With Aggressive Breast Cancer Are Living Longer


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health Women With Aggressive Breast Cancer Are Living Longer
Better treatment and aggressive imaging are credited with extending the lives of women with metastatic disease. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, June 1, 2017

New Electrical Brain Stimulation Technique Shows Promise in Mice


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health New Electrical Brain Stimulation Technique Shows Promise in Mice
The new approach can target deep brain areas without the need for surgical implants, a new study suggests. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Express Scripts Sues Maker of Overdose Drug, Intensifying Feud


By KATIE THOMAS and CHARLES ORNSTEIN from NYT Health Express Scripts Sues Maker of Overdose Drug, Intensifying Feud
Anger over rising drug costs has set off a civil war in the pharmaceutical industry, and the nation’s largest pharmacy benefits manager claims it is owed millions. Read more article at hafana

Monday, May 29, 2017

Scientists Link a Gene Mutation to Rheumatic Heart Disease


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Scientists Link a Gene Mutation to Rheumatic Heart Disease
Patients with strep infections were far more likely to suffer damaged heart valves if they had a certain mutation, researchers reported. Read more article at hafana

A Look at Major Drug-Pricing Proposals


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health A Look at Major Drug-Pricing Proposals
Bills seeking to rein in the cost of prescription drugs include proposals to speed approval of generic drugs and allow the importing of cheaper drugs. Read more article at hafana

Drug Lobbyists’ Battle Cry Over Prices: Blame the Others


By ERIC LIPTON and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Drug Lobbyists’ Battle Cry Over Prices: Blame the Others
A civil war has broken out among the most powerful players in the industry, which is scrambling in the face of public anger and legislative efforts to reduce costs. Read more article at hafana

Car Accidents Remain a Top Child Killer, and Belts a Reliable Savior


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health Car Accidents Remain a Top Child Killer, and Belts a Reliable Savior
An analysis published in The Journal of Pediatrics considers figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatal Analysis Reporting System. Read more article at hafana

The Earliest Signs of Brain Damage in Athletes? Listen for Them


By LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN, M.D. from NYT Health The Earliest Signs of Brain Damage in Athletes? Listen for Them
A small study of football players found their verbal abilities declined over an eight-year period, compared with those of team coaches and executives. Read more article at hafana

Gay and Transgender Patients to Doctors: We’ll Tell. Just Ask.


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Gay and Transgender Patients to Doctors: We’ll Tell. Just Ask.
Doctors often don’t ask about sexual orientation and gender identity because they don’t want to make patients uncomfortable. But a new study suggests that concern may be unfounded. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rare Gene Mutations Inspire New Heart Drugs


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Rare Gene Mutations Inspire New Heart Drugs
Some people carry gene mutations that leave them nearly impervious to heart attacks. Learning how these mutations work has led to a novel experimental treatment. Read more article at hafana

Trump’s Pick for Mental Health ‘Czar’ Highlights Rift


By BENEDICT CAREY and SHERI FINK from NYT Health Trump’s Pick for Mental Health ‘Czar’ Highlights Rift
Elinore F. McCance-Katz has promoted drug and hospital treatment as paths to wellness, leaving some who emphasize community and family support skeptical. Read more article at hafana

AP Exclusive: UN Health Agency Slammed for High Travel Costs


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health AP Exclusive: UN Health Agency Slammed for High Travel Costs
Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, traveled to Guinea earlier this month to join the country's president in celebrating the world's first Ebola vaccine. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Correction: US Births & Deaths Story


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Correction: US Births & Deaths Story
In a story May 17 about U.S. births and deaths, The Associated Press erroneously reported last year's birth rates. The rates were calculated per 1,000 women, not 100,000. The rate per 1,000: 103 for women in their early 30s, and 102 for late 20s. The rate for all women of child-bearing age was 62. Read more article at hafana

W.H.O. Elects Ethiopia’s Tedros as New Director General


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. and NICK CUMMING-BRUCE from NYT Health W.H.O. Elects Ethiopia’s Tedros as New Director General
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia was chosen after two rounds of voting in a closed session of world health ministers. Read more article at hafana

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Global Health Scorecard Finds U.S. Lacking


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health A Global Health Scorecard Finds U.S. Lacking
By a new metric that takes into account economic means, some countries are making surprising gains in health, while the United States lags behind. Read more article at hafana