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

Nearly 20 Million Have Gained Health Insurance Since 2010


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health Nearly 20 Million Have Gained Health Insurance Since 2010
The number of Americans without health insurance has fallen drastically since passage of the Affordable Care Act. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Vital Drug Runs Low, Though Its Base Ingredient Is in Many Kitchens


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health A Vital Drug Runs Low, Though Its Base Ingredient Is in Many Kitchens
Suppliers of a simple, critical medication — sodium bicarbonate solution — have run out, leaving doctors to juggle chemotherapy and postpone surgery. Read more article at hafana

Friday, May 19, 2017

Planning to Age in Place? Find a Contractor Now


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Planning to Age in Place? Find a Contractor Now
Virtually all single-family homes lack features needed to accommodate aging owners’ limitations. But there are specialists prepared to help fix that. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Babies From Skin Cells? Prospect Is Unsettling to Some Experts


By TAMAR LEWIN from NYT Health Babies From Skin Cells? Prospect Is Unsettling to Some Experts
Researchers say that scientists may soon be able to create a baby from human skin cells that have been coaxed to grow into eggs and sperm. Read more article at hafana

Monday, May 15, 2017

Texas Seeks Medicaid Money It Gave Up Over Planned Parenthood Ban


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Texas Seeks Medicaid Money It Gave Up Over Planned Parenthood Ban
Four years after Texas gave up millions of dollars in federal Medicaid funds, a request presents an important early test for the Trump administration. Read more article at hafana

A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E.P.A. Under Trump


By RONI CARYN RABIN from NYT Health A Strong Case Against a Pesticide Does Not Faze E.P.A. Under Trump
For decades, scientists have warned of mounting evidence that exposure to chlorpyrifos may threaten children’s development. Read more article at hafana

How a Tsunami in Japan Endangered Children in Cambodia


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health How a Tsunami in Japan Endangered Children in Cambodia
The catastrophe set off an unexpected shortage of iodine, leaving children in faraway countries vulnerable to cognitive deficits. Read more article at hafana

When the Immune System Thwarts Lifesaving Drugs


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health When the Immune System Thwarts Lifesaving Drugs
Patients often produce antibodies to the very treatments keeping them alive, sometimes to disastrous effect. The search for solutions is just beginning. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, May 14, 2017

What You Need to Know if You Have Breast Implants


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health What You Need to Know if You Have Breast Implants
There is no need to remove implants if you have no problems, but if you have swelling, fluid buildup, lumps or asymmetry you should see a doctor. Read more article at hafana

A Shocking Diagnosis: Breast Implants ‘Gave Me Cancer’


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health A Shocking Diagnosis: Breast Implants ‘Gave Me Cancer’
A rare cancer of the immune system, linked to implants, has had devastating effects on women, many of whom had reconstructive surgery after breast cancer. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Candidate to Lead the W.H.O. Accused of Covering Up Epidemics


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Candidate to Lead the W.H.O. Accused of Covering Up Epidemics
As Ethiopia’s health minister, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus ignored cholera outbreaks, a global health expert and adviser to a rival candidate charges. Read more article at hafana

Friday, May 12, 2017

New Gene Tests Pose a Threat to Insurers


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health New Gene Tests Pose a Threat to Insurers
Many consumers will soon have a better sense of their risk for Alzheimer’s and other debilitating conditions. Insurers will have no way of knowing. Read more article at hafana

Why Some Can’t Wait for a Repeal of Obamacare


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Why Some Can’t Wait for a Repeal of Obamacare
Opponents of the Affordable Care Act said their costs rose steeply under the law, but some had concerns about the House’s alternative bill. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Rare Brain Defect Is Linked to Gut Bacteria, Scientists Say


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health A Rare Brain Defect Is Linked to Gut Bacteria, Scientists Say
A serendipitous experiment in mice suggests that patients with a mutated gene are more susceptible if they harbor certain types of bacteria. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Senate Confirms Scott Gottlieb to Head F.D.A.


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Senate Confirms Scott Gottlieb to Head F.D.A.
The new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, whose ties to the drug industry were heavily criticized, was approved largely along party lines. Read more article at hafana

Monday, May 8, 2017

Express Scripts to Offer Cheaper Drugs for Uninsured Customers


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Express Scripts to Offer Cheaper Drugs for Uninsured Customers
InsideRx, a free program, should lower medication costs on about 40 common prescriptions for some patients. Read more article at hafana

Pistas Sobre Danos Causados Pelo Zika Podem Estar Equivocadas Em Casos De Gêmeos


By PAM BELLUCK and TANIA FRANCO from NYT Health Pistas Sobre Danos Causados Pelo Zika Podem Estar Equivocadas Em Casos De Gêmeos
Enquanto gêmeos idênticos frequentemente compartilham o mesmo destino; gêmeos fraternos normalmente não. Essa diferença oferece pistas para pesquisadores. Mas um caso contradiz essa hipótese. Read more article at hafana

They Voted to Repeal Obamacare. Now They Are a Target.


By KATE ZERNIKE from NYT Health They Voted to Repeal Obamacare. Now They Are a Target.
Grass-roots groups are aiming at House Republicans who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and are working to stop the bill in the Senate. Read more article at hafana

Weighing the Ethics of Artificial Wombs


By ELIZABETH YUKO from NYT Health Weighing the Ethics of Artificial Wombs
The technology is still far in the future, despite a recent experiment on premature lambs. But researchers already are mulling the ethical challenges. Read more article at hafana

The Building Blocks of Cataracts


By C. CLAIBORNE RAY from NYT Health The Building Blocks of Cataracts
The same proteins that are found in the eyes’ lenses are also a part of cataracts. Read more article at hafana

Why Everything We Know About Salt May Be Wrong


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Why Everything We Know About Salt May Be Wrong
Research on Russian cosmonauts suggests that salt makes you hungry but not thirsty, and may help burn calories. Read more article at hafana

More Older Couples Are ‘Shacking Up’


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health More Older Couples Are ‘Shacking Up’
Cohabitation is on the rise among older people, demographers report, driven by both personal and economic considerations. Read more article at hafana

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Second Drug Is Approved to Treat A.L.S.


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health A Second Drug Is Approved to Treat A.L.S.
A new drug for A.L.S. can slow weakening and paralysis, but the effect is modest. It is only the second drug ever approved for the disease. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Blood Test Offers Hope for Better Lung Cancer Treatment


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Blood Test Offers Hope for Better Lung Cancer Treatment
Researchers have taken an important step toward better lung cancer treatment by using blood tests to track genetic changes in tumors as they progress from their very earliest stages. Read more article at hafana

In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill


By REED ABELSON and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill
The House’s passage of the bill led to an outcry from the health care industry and consumer groups, which found an uncommon ally in some insurers. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel Sheds Light on Health Coverage for Infants With Birth Defects


By GINA KOLATA and ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Jimmy Kimmel Sheds Light on Health Coverage for Infants With Birth Defects
Mr. Kimmel’s experience with his son focused attention on health coverage for such infants, and what lies ahead should the Affordable Care Act be repealed. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Black Americans Are Living Longer, C.D.C. Reports


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Black Americans Are Living Longer, C.D.C. Reports
Disparities between blacks and whites in death rates and life expectancy are disappearing over time, according to federal researchers. Read more article at hafana

Molina, Key Provider Under Obamacare, Ousts C.E.O., a Trump Critic


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Molina, Key Provider Under Obamacare, Ousts C.E.O., a Trump Critic
Dr. J. Mario Molina is a son of the founder of the firm, a mainstay in the federal marketplaces. It had reported losses of hundreds of millions of dollars. Read more article at hafana

They Have Pre-Existing Conditions, and Fear the New Health Bill


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and REED ABELSON from NYT Health They Have Pre-Existing Conditions, and Fear the New Health Bill
People who have pre-existing medical conditions fear that changes to the Affordable Care Act will result in higher health care premiums for them. Read more article at hafana

Monday, May 1, 2017

Clues to Zika Damage Might Lie in Cases of Twins


By PAM BELLUCK and TANIA FRANCO from NYT Health Clues to Zika Damage Might Lie in Cases of Twins
While identical twins often share a fate, fraternal twins typically don’t, a divergence that offers clues to researchers. But one case is confounding these expectations. Read more article at hafana

One Day, a Machine Will Smell Whether You’re Sick


By KATE MURPHY from NYT Health One Day, a Machine Will Smell Whether You’re Sick
Researchers are perfecting technology that sniffs out signs of disease in breath, blood and urine. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Inexpensive Drug Prevents Deaths in New Mothers, Study Finds


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Inexpensive Drug Prevents Deaths in New Mothers, Study Finds
Postpartum hemorrhage, which kills 100,000 women in developing countries, can be treated with a nearly forgotten blood-clotter invented in the 1950s. Read more article at hafana

'Superbug' Fungus New Menace in US Hospitals, Mostly NY, NJ


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health 'Superbug' Fungus New Menace in US Hospitals, Mostly NY, NJ
A 'superbug' fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey. Read more article at hafana

Anthem Threatens to Leave Health Exchanges if Subsidies Are Halted


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Anthem Threatens to Leave Health Exchanges if Subsidies Are Halted
The insurer’s earnings beat expectations, but it warned it could withdraw from some marketplaces or raise rates if the government does not continue co-payment subsidies for low-income people. Read more article at hafana

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Dry Side Effect


By C. CLAIBORNE RAY from NYT Health A Dry Side Effect
Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is a frequent side effect of many commonly prescribed drugs. Read more article at hafana

Fatal Malaria in the U.S. More Common Than Previously Known


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Fatal Malaria in the U.S. More Common Than Previously Known
Hospital data suggests that some immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean, thinking they are still immune, do not take precautions on home visits. Read more article at hafana

Common Nursery Products Send Thousands of Children to Hospitals


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health Common Nursery Products Send Thousands of Children to Hospitals
Baby carriers, mattresses, strollers and other fixtures lead to injuries and emergency room visits for some 66,000 young children a year, a study finds. Read more article at hafana

Why Are So Many People Popping Vitamin D?


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Why Are So Many People Popping Vitamin D?
There is no epidemic of vitamin D deficiency, experts say, yet pointless testing and treatment are rampant. Read more article at hafana

Friday, April 21, 2017

Could Be the Thyroid; Could Be Ennui. Either Way, the Drug Isn’t Helping.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Could Be the Thyroid; Could Be Ennui. Either Way, the Drug Isn’t Helping.
Doctors often prescribe levothyroxine to treat a slightly underactive thyroid, and for most older patients it has no effect. Read more article at hafana

How G.O.P. in 2 States Coaxed the Health Law to Success or Crisis


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and REED ABELSON from NYT Health How G.O.P. in 2 States Coaxed the Health Law to Success or Crisis
In Oklahoma, which has raged against the Affordable Care Act, insurance premiums are among the nation’s highest. New Mexico, which oversees its marketplace, has one of the lowest average premium costs. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, April 20, 2017

‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health ‘Pacemaker’ for the Brain Can Help Memory, Study Finds
The timing of stimulation to the brain was determined to be crucial in research published on Thursday, and it might help treat dementia, head injuries and other conditions. Read more article at hafana

St. Jude Medical Played Down Defibrillator Failures for Years, F.D.A. Says


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health St. Jude Medical Played Down Defibrillator Failures for Years, F.D.A. Says
The company continued to ship the products before recalling them in October, failing to alert patients or doctors of several cases of battery problems. Read more article at hafana

Health Insurers Make Case for Subsidies, but Get Little Assurance From Administration


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Health Insurers Make Case for Subsidies, but Get Little Assurance From Administration
Insurers have been closely watching as President Trump and congressional lawmakers debate the future of subsidies that help lower deductibles and co-payments. Read more article at hafana

A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science


By TIM REQUARTH from NYT Health A California Court for Young Adults Calls on Science
San Francisco’s Young Adult Court, created in 2015, is based on recent research suggesting that brain development extends beyond age 18, into the 20s. Read more article at hafana