Thursday, December 14, 2017

Do Your Children Receive Health Coverage Through CHIP?


By THE NEW YORK TIMES from NYT Health Do Your Children Receive Health Coverage Through CHIP?
The New York Times would like to hear from parents who receive lhealth coverage for their children under the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP. Read more article at hafana

As Zika Babies Become Toddlers, Some Can’t See, Walk or Talk


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health As Zika Babies Become Toddlers, Some Can’t See, Walk or Talk
They are 2 years old, but developmentally they are 6 months old. The children most severely affected by Zika face a lifetime of care, new research shows. Read more article at hafana

Marijuana and Vaping Are More Popular Than Cigarettes Among Teenagers


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Marijuana and Vaping Are More Popular Than Cigarettes Among Teenagers
The latest national survey of adolescent drug use found declining use of most substances, including alcohol, tobacco, prescription opioids and stimulants. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health A ‘Game Changer’ for Patients With Irregular Heart Rhythm
Rapid, erratic heartbeats — called ventricular tachycardia — can lead to sudden death. An experimental radiation treatment has eased the condition in five patients. Read more article at hafana

Monday, December 11, 2017

A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity


By ANDREW JACOBS and MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health A Nasty, Nafta-Related Surprise: Mexico’s Soaring Obesity
Few predicted when Mexico joined the free-trade deal that it would transform the country in a way that would saddle millions with diet-related illnesses. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, December 9, 2017

How to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs


By CHARLES ORNSTEIN and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health How to Save Money on Your Prescription Drugs
Online prescription sites may help you find cheaper prices for some drugs, sometimes without using your insurance. Read more article at hafana

Prescription Drugs May Cost More With Insurance Than Without It


By CHARLES ORNSTEIN and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Prescription Drugs May Cost More With Insurance Than Without It
Some consumers are finding they can get a better deal on prescription drugs by leaving their insurance cards at home. Read more article at hafana

Friday, December 8, 2017

Supplements Claiming to Ease Opioid Addiction Come Under Scrutiny


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Supplements Claiming to Ease Opioid Addiction Come Under Scrutiny
Advocacy groups and the F.D.A. have warned that companies are capitalizing on the epidemic by offering unproven remedies. Read more article at hafana

Some Older Smokers Turn to Vaping. That May Not Be a Bad Idea.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Some Older Smokers Turn to Vaping. That May Not Be a Bad Idea.
Tobacco use is hazardous at any age, but older smokers are particularly vulnerable to the health effects. More of them are exploring an alternative: e-cigarettes. Read more article at hafana

The Next Flu Pandemic Will Appear When You Least Expect It


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health The Next Flu Pandemic Will Appear When You Least Expect It
An examination of the great flu epidemics in recent history concludes that next one is likely to arrive in late spring or early summer — not during flu season. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trump Pick to Head Consumer Safety Board Is Seen as Too Close to Industries


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Trump Pick to Head Consumer Safety Board Is Seen as Too Close to Industries
Ann Marie Buerkle, a commissioner poised to run the federal agency, has rarely voted for a mandatory recall, a maximum fine, or a tougher safety standard. Read more article at hafana

Birth Control Pills Still Linked to Breast Cancer, Study Finds


By RONI CARYN RABIN from NYT Health Birth Control Pills Still Linked to Breast Cancer, Study Finds
Women using birth control pills and I.U.D.s that release hormones face a higher risk than those using methods without hormones, scientists in Denmark reported. Read more article at hafana

UnitedHealth Buys Large Doctors Group as Lines Blur in Health Care


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health UnitedHealth Buys Large Doctors Group as Lines Blur in Health Care
The purchase of DaVita Medical Group moves UnitedHealth more into the role of doctor as it buys nearly 300 clinics across six states. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The CHIP Program Is Beloved. Why Is Its Funding in Danger?


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and ROBERT PEAR from NYT Health The CHIP Program Is Beloved. Why Is Its Funding in Danger?
A children’s health insurance program popular with both Republicans and Democrats is in limbo because of partisan rancor that has stymied legislative action in Washington. Read more article at hafana

Monday, December 4, 2017

How Will Consumers Fare if CVS and Aetna Merge?


By REED ABELSON and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health How Will Consumers Fare if CVS and Aetna Merge?
The two major health players promise better care and lower costs, but skeptics question whether they can deliver. Read more article at hafana

‘Opiophobia’ Has Left Africa in Agony


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health ‘Opiophobia’ Has Left Africa in Agony
Uganda has a strategy for giving scarce morphine to patients in pain. But many poor nations won’t emulate its effort because officials fear an opioid epidemic. Read more article at hafana

Two Hidden Cancer Causes: Diabetes and Obesity


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health Two Hidden Cancer Causes: Diabetes and Obesity
The conditions played a role in nearly 800,000 cases of cancer worldwide in 2012, researchers reported. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Woman With Transplanted Uterus Gives Birth, the First in the U.S.


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Woman With Transplanted Uterus Gives Birth, the First in the U.S.
A woman born without a uterus had one transplanted from a live donor, and gave birth to a healthy son, at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Read more article at hafana

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cost of Contact in Sports Is Estimated at Over 600,000 Injuries a Year


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Cost of Contact in Sports Is Estimated at Over 600,000 Injuries a Year
Yale researchers calculated that, if contact sports could be made noncontact, there would be 49,600 fewer injuries among male college athletes per year and 601,900 among those in high school. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Without Obamacare Mandate, ‘You Open the Floodgates’ for Skimpy Health Plans


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Without Obamacare Mandate, ‘You Open the Floodgates’ for Skimpy Health Plans
The Republican effort to undo the requirement that people get insured would unleash sales of cheaper policies offering little coverage. Read more article at hafana

Monday, November 27, 2017

Therapy for Sexual Misconduct? It’s Mostly Unproven


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health Therapy for Sexual Misconduct? It’s Mostly Unproven
Some celebrities have promised to enroll in treatment following accusations of sexual impropriety. But experts say there is no proven treatment. Read more article at hafana

Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Gene Therapy Hits a Peculiar Roadblock: A Virus Shortage
Revolutionary new treatments depend on tailor-made viruses, but laboratories cannot make them fast enough. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, November 26, 2017

As Health Care Changes, Insurers, Hospitals and Drugstores Team Up


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health As Health Care Changes, Insurers, Hospitals and Drugstores Team Up
Former adversaries see advantages in partnerships as they face the threat of interlopers like Amazon. But will consumers benefit or face a lot less choice? Read more article at hafana

Friday, November 24, 2017

Older Voters Stymied by Tighter ID Requirements


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Older Voters Stymied by Tighter ID Requirements
Restrictive eligibility rules have kept older citizens from the voting booth, experts say. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Why Is This Bacterium Hiding in Human Tumors?


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Why Is This Bacterium Hiding in Human Tumors?
Whether Fusobacterium nucleatum causes colon tumors is unknown. But a new study hints that it may be ‘an integral part of the cancer.’ Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanks a Lot! New Reasons Not to Eat Cookie Dough


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Thanks a Lot! New Reasons Not to Eat Cookie Dough
A new study confirms that uncooked flour can make people dangerously ill. Turns out E. coli bacteria can thrive in the dry, powdery host. Read more article at hafana

Abnormal Proteins Discovered in Skin of Patients With Rare Brain Disease


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Abnormal Proteins Discovered in Skin of Patients With Rare Brain Disease
Finding so-called prions in skin samples may lead to early diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. But the discovery also hints at possible risks from surgery. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nearly 21 Million Now Receiving AIDS Drugs, U.N. Agency Says


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Nearly 21 Million Now Receiving AIDS Drugs, U.N. Agency Says
“Remarkable progress” has been made, Unaids said, but millions more worldwide require treatment. Young women are especially hard hit. Read more article at hafana

Medicaid Cuts May Force Retirees Out of Nursing Homes


By JORDAN RAU from NYT Health Medicaid Cuts May Force Retirees Out of Nursing Homes
Medicaid, targeted for deep cuts by the Republican health care bill, currently pays for most of the 1.4 million people in nursing homes. Read more article at hafana

Monday, November 20, 2017

New Gene Treatment Effective for Some Leukemia Patients


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health New Gene Treatment Effective for Some Leukemia Patients
By genetically altering a patient’s T-cells to attack more than one site on cancer cells, researchers hope to devise better treatments. Read more article at hafana

Skin Cancers Rise, Along With Questionable Treatments


By KATIE HAFNER and GRIFFIN PALMER from NYT Health Skin Cancers Rise, Along With Questionable Treatments
Dermatology is booming, with private equity investments and an influx of physician assistants doing the work of doctors. Are patients being well served? Read more article at hafana

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Will Cutting the Health Mandate Pay for Tax Cuts? Not Necessarily


By KATE ZERNIKE and ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Will Cutting the Health Mandate Pay for Tax Cuts? Not Necessarily
Americans dislike the requirement that everyone have health insurance. But eliminating it doesn’t mean that they’d stop buying coverage — or accepting subsidies. Read more article at hafana

Friday, November 17, 2017

Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) Warn


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Bird Flu Is Spreading in Asia, Experts (Quietly) Warn
Dire predictions of a flu pandemic proved overblown in 2005 and 2009. Still, health officials are warning that the H7N9 virus, which can be lethal, is on the rise. Read more article at hafana

F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics


By SHEILA KAPLAN and DENISE GRADY from NYT Health F.D.A. Speeds Review of Gene Therapies, Vowing to Target Rogue Clinics
The agency plans to speed approval of treatments to get them to the market faster, signaling the quickened pace of advancements in this field. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to Argue Fairly and Without Rancor (Hello, Thanksgiving!)


By CHRISTINE HAUSER from NYT Health How to Argue Fairly and Without Rancor (Hello, Thanksgiving!)
Social psychologists and philosophers have tips on avoiding the pitfalls of emotionally charged discussions, and how to make them constructive. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How to Lower Your Blood Pressure


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health How to Lower Your Blood Pressure
Medical guidelines have changed, and now about half of Americans may qualify for the diagnosis of hypertension. Here’s what to do about it. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Study Finds Competing Opioid Treatments Have Similar Outcomes


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and KATE ZERNIKE from NYT Health Study Finds Competing Opioid Treatments Have Similar Outcomes
The manufacturers of the two drugs to treat opioid addiction are competing fiercely for market share and drawing scrutiny from lawmakers and prosecutors. Read more article at hafana

Americans Are Putting Down the Soda Pop


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health Americans Are Putting Down the Soda Pop
Children and adults are downing sugary drinks far less often than they used to, a new study finds. Read more article at hafana

Monday, November 13, 2017

First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical ‘Big Brother’
The medicine, an antipsychotic drug, has a sensor that will show doctors whether and when patients are taking it. Other medicines will follow, experts say. Read more article at hafana

Under New Guidelines, Millions of Americans Will Need to Lower Blood Pressure


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Under New Guidelines, Millions of Americans Will Need to Lower Blood Pressure
Experts set new targets for treatment of hypertension on Monday, greatly expanding the number of adults who will qualify for the diagnosis. Read more article at hafana

She Took On Colombia’s Soda Industry. Then She Was Silenced.


By ANDREW JACOBS and MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health She Took On Colombia’s Soda Industry. Then She Was Silenced.
The debate over taxing sugary drinks has turned into a ferocious global policy brawl. In Colombia, proponents faced intimidation and censorship. Read more article at hafana

If You’re Sick, Stay Away From Work. If You Can’t, Here Is What Doctors Advise.


By DANIEL VICTOR from NYT Health If You’re Sick, Stay Away From Work. If You Can’t, Here Is What Doctors Advise.
Those who have paid sick time should use it but often don’t, despite doctors’ warnings that it risks infecting other people. Read more article at hafana

The Secret to Long Life? It May Lurk in the DNA of the Oldest Among Us


By AMY HARMON from NYT Health The Secret to Long Life? It May Lurk in the DNA of the Oldest Among Us
James Clement has scoured the globe for supercentenarians, aged 110 and older, willing to contribute their genomes to a rare scientific cache. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Trump Health Agency Challenges Consensus on Reducing Costs


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and KATE ZERNIKE from NYT Health Trump Health Agency Challenges Consensus on Reducing Costs
The Obama administration sped up programs aiming to pay doctors based on quality instead of quantity. The Trump administration is slowing them down. Read more article at hafana

Friday, November 10, 2017

In Africa, Rural Clinics Entice Pregnant Women With ‘Baby Pictures’


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health In Africa, Rural Clinics Entice Pregnant Women With ‘Baby Pictures’
Many pregnant women in poor countries don’t see a doctor until they are in labor. In Uganda, that changed when clinics began advertising ultrasounds. Read more article at hafana

No Excuses, People: Get the New Shingles Vaccine


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health No Excuses, People: Get the New Shingles Vaccine
Shingrix, which begins shipping this month, is far more effective than the previous shingles shot. Experts recommend it for everyone over age 50. Read more article at hafana

Is It an Emergency? Insurer Makes Patients Question ER Visit


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Is It an Emergency? Insurer Makes Patients Question ER Visit
Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Yes, Aaron Hernandez Suffered Brain Injury. But That May Not Explain His Violence.


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health Yes, Aaron Hernandez Suffered Brain Injury. But That May Not Explain His Violence.
The links between biology and behavior are complex, and a number of factors contribute to violence. Yet evidence is mounting that C.T.E. may be involved. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Alcohol Abuse Is Rising Among Older Adults


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Alcohol Abuse Is Rising Among Older Adults
The elderly still drink less on average than younger Americans, but the number who report problems with alcohol is increasing fast. Read more article at hafana

Election Results Invigorate Medicaid Expansion Hopes


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ from NYT Health Election Results Invigorate Medicaid Expansion Hopes
Passage of a referendum in Maine and Democratic gains in Virginia mean two more states may expand Medicaid soon. Advocates hope for more successes next year. Read more article at hafana