Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Glioblastoma, John McCain’s Form of Brain Cancer, Carries Troubling Prognosis


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Glioblastoma, John McCain’s Form of Brain Cancer, Carries Troubling Prognosis
The senator has been diagnosed with glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer that is aggressive and difficult to treat. Read more article at hafana

Monday, October 16, 2017

Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility


By CHRISTINA CARON from NYT Health Raising Concerns About a Widely Used Test to Measure Fertility
New research shows that the number of eggs a woman has left doesn’t necessarily predict her ability to conceive naturally. Read more article at hafana

Researchers Predict a Quarter-Million New Cases of Breast Cancer in the U.S.


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health Researchers Predict a Quarter-Million New Cases of Breast Cancer in the U.S.
More than 40,000 women will die from the disease in 2017, the American Cancer Society projects. Racial disparities persist but are “not inevitable.” Read more article at hafana

F.D.A. Approves First Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment, Costing $475,000


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health F.D.A. Approves First Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment, Costing $475,000
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer. It will cost $475,000. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, October 15, 2017

U.S. Fertility Rate Reaches a Record Low


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health U.S. Fertility Rate Reaches a Record Low
Younger women are having children less often, while birthrates have risen slightly among those who are older. Read more article at hafana

A Tide of Opioid-Dependent Newborns Forces Doctors to Rethink Treatment


By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS from NYT Health A Tide of Opioid-Dependent Newborns Forces Doctors to Rethink Treatment
Infants born dependent on opioids are routinely removed from their mothers and sent to big hospitals. But keeping mother and baby together may be the best treatment. Read more article at hafana

How to Protect a Drug Patent? Give it to a Native American Tribe


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health How to Protect a Drug Patent? Give it to a Native American Tribe
Under a novel deal, Allergan will pay the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe $13.75 million. In exchange, the tribe will claim sovereign immunity as grounds to dismiss a patent challenge. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, October 14, 2017

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

Researchers Track an Unlikely Culprit in Weight Gain


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Researchers Track an Unlikely Culprit in Weight Gain
Mouse studies suggest that F.S.H., a reproductive hormone, may be responsible for redistributing fat to the abdomen in menopausal women. Read more article at hafana

In Early Results, Shorter Treatment for Tuberculosis Proves Effective


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health In Early Results, Shorter Treatment for Tuberculosis Proves Effective
A nine-month course of treatment seems to work as well as a longer regimen to cure drug-resistant tuberculosis, a growing threat to global health. Read more article at hafana

Friday, October 13, 2017

Wringing Cash From Life Insurance


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Wringing Cash From Life Insurance
Life-settlement providers purchase policies from older people who want the money now. Sometimes that’s a good idea — and sometimes not. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, October 12, 2017

House Ethics Office Says New York Congressman May Have Violated Rules


By KATIE THOMAS and SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health House Ethics Office Says New York Congressman May Have Violated Rules
An inquiry centered on actions by a New York Congressman who is a majority stockholder in a biotech company. Read more article at hafana

A Condom-Maker’s Discovery: Size Matters


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health A Condom-Maker’s Discovery: Size Matters
Men have long complained about how condoms fit. Now a manufacturer is selling condoms in bespoke sizes, including 10 lengths and nine circumferences. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Seychelles Reports a Case of Plague


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Seychelles Reports a Case of Plague
A man fell ill after returning from Madagascar, which is struggling to contain a rash of plague cases. It is the first instance of the outbreak spreading to another country. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In New Test for Obamacare, Iowa Seeks to Abandon Marketplace


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health In New Test for Obamacare, Iowa Seeks to Abandon Marketplace
Its plan would give premium subsidies to well-off people but increase out-of-pocket costs for many with modest incomes. Other states could potentially follow. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, October 7, 2017

As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan
In a deal similar to the one that turned the tide against AIDS, manufacturers and charities will make chemotherapy drugs available in six poor countries at steep discounts. Read more article at hafana

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fearsome Plague Epidemic Strikes Madagascar


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Fearsome Plague Epidemic Strikes Madagascar
In a way reminiscent of the early days of West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, a disease that is normally rural has reached cities and is spreading rapidly. Read more article at hafana

In Hong Kong, Folk Remedies Are Sickening Patients


By RACHEL NUWER from NYT Health In Hong Kong, Folk Remedies Are Sickening Patients
Pathologists at Princess Margaret Hospital discovered more than 1,200 adulterants in supposedly natural supplements, including drugs and animal tissue. Read more article at hafana

Researchers Predict a Quarter-Million New Cases of Breast Cancer in the U.S.


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health Researchers Predict a Quarter-Million New Cases of Breast Cancer in the U.S.
More than 40,000 women will die from the disease in 2017, the American Cancer Society projects. Racial disparities persist but are “not inevitable.” Read more article at hafana

Thursday, October 5, 2017

In a First, Gene Therapy Halts a Fatal Brain Disease


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health In a First, Gene Therapy Halts a Fatal Brain Disease
With a disabled AIDS virus, doctors supply a gene to boys with a degenerative neural condition. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico Leads to Fears of Drug Shortages Nationwide


By KATIE THOMAS and SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico Leads to Fears of Drug Shortages Nationwide
Two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, manufacturers are rushing to get their plants on the island back on line to avoid production problems. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

With Affordable Care Act’s Future Cloudy, Costs for Many Seem Sure to Soar


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health With Affordable Care Act’s Future Cloudy, Costs for Many Seem Sure to Soar
Some insurers have been granted double-digit rate increases for 2018 amid questions about the stability of the individual market. Read more article at hafana

Monday, October 2, 2017

Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Circadian Rhythm Discoveries


By THE NEW YORK TIMES from NYT Health Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Circadian Rhythm Discoveries
The three U.S.-born scientists were recognized for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm. Read more article at hafana

Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.


By DIONNE SEARCEY and MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.
The growing popularity of fried chicken and pizza in parts of Africa underscores how fast food is changing habits and expanding waistlines. Read more article at hafana

Replacing Faulty Heart Devices Costs Medicare $1.5 Billion in 10 Years


By FRED SCHULTE and CHRISTINA JEWETT from NYT Health Replacing Faulty Heart Devices Costs Medicare $1.5 Billion in 10 Years
A new report says seven types of defective pacemakers or defibrillators had to be replaced from 2005 through 2014. Read more article at hafana

Friday, September 29, 2017

110 Million Americans Have an S.T.D.


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health 110 Million Americans Have an S.T.D.
Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are all on the rise, federal researchers found. Read more article at hafana

A Child’s Death Brings ‘Trauma That Doesn’t Go Away’


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health A Child’s Death Brings ‘Trauma That Doesn’t Go Away’
Even more than other parents, the elderly struggle to recover from the death of a child. Read more article at hafana

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

Otto Warmbier: The Coroner’s Report


By Unknown Author from NYT Health Otto Warmbier: The Coroner’s Report
In the full text of the pathology report, the coroner's office in Hamilton County, Ohio, described the cause of death for Mr. Warmbier, a university student who was detained in North Korea. Read more article at hafana

They Swallowed Live Typhoid Bacteria — On Purpose


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health They Swallowed Live Typhoid Bacteria — On Purpose
A clinical trial enlisted some of England’s brightest minds, tempted by curiosity and cash. They proved a new typhoid vaccine works and could save children’s lives. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Otto Warmbier Suffered Extensive Brain Damage, Coroner Confirms


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Otto Warmbier Suffered Extensive Brain Damage, Coroner Confirms
The college student, imprisoned for more than a year in North Korea, fell into a vegetative state after blood flow to his brain was cut off, according to a coroner’s report. Read more article at hafana

The Zika Virus Grew Deadlier With a Small Mutation, Study Suggests


By PAM BELLUCK and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health The Zika Virus Grew Deadlier With a Small Mutation, Study Suggests
A single variation in its DNA may have helped equip the virus to attack fetal cells, contributing to a surge of birth defects in Latin America. Read more article at hafana

‘Flesh-Eating Bacteria’ From Harvey’s Floodwaters Kill a Woman


By MAGGIE ASTOR from NYT Health ‘Flesh-Eating Bacteria’ From Harvey’s Floodwaters Kill a Woman
Necrotizing fasciitis, a deadly infection that destroys tissue, can be caused by a wide range of bacteria, many of which were present after Hurricane Harvey. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, September 23, 2017

World Health Officials Describe Progress Against Tetanus, H.I.V. and Malaria


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health World Health Officials Describe Progress Against Tetanus, H.I.V. and Malaria
Tetanus in babies has been eliminated from the Americas, experts said. Malaria treatment will be expanded in Africa; new HIV drugs will be available there, too. Read more article at hafana

Friday, September 22, 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

The HPV Vaccine Gains Ground Among U.S. Teenagers


By ANERI PATTANI from NYT Health The HPV Vaccine Gains Ground Among U.S. Teenagers
Sixty percent of adolescents received the vaccine in 2016. A decade ago, less than 30 percent did. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Latest Obamacare Repeal Effort Is Most Far-Reaching


By KATE ZERNIKE, REED ABELSON and ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Latest Obamacare Repeal Effort Is Most Far-Reaching
The Graham-Cassidy bill would turn federal funding for a law Republicans loathe into block grants to states, realizing a long-held goal of the party. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

While Premiums Soar Under Obamacare, Costs of Employer-Based Plans Are Stable


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health While Premiums Soar Under Obamacare, Costs of Employer-Based Plans Are Stable
A new survey of employers shows moderate price hikes in health benefits in spite of turmoil in the individual insurance market. Read more article at hafana

Monday, September 18, 2017

Bill and Melinda Gates Grade the World’s Health


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Bill and Melinda Gates Grade the World’s Health
Poor nations get high marks for meeting important goals. But the Gateses warn that deep aid cuts and donor fatigue still could doom millions. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers


By KATIE THOMAS and CHARLES ORNSTEIN from NYT Health Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers
Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Como a Grande Indústria Viciou o Brasil em Junk Food


By ANDREW JACOBS and MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health Como a Grande Indústria Viciou o Brasil em Junk Food
À medida que o crescimento diminui nos países ricos, as empresas de alimentos ocidentais se expandem acintosamente nos países em desenvolvimento, contribuindo para obesidade e problemas de saúde. Read more article at hafana

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food


By ANDREW JACOBS and MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food
As growth slows in wealthy countries, Western food companies are aggressively expanding in developing nations, contributing to obesity and health problems. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Five Tips for Choosing a Reliable Nursing Home


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Five Tips for Choosing a Reliable Nursing Home
Following the deaths of eight Florida nursing home residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, experts offer advice on picking a good facility. Read more article at hafana

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Frieden’s Next Act: Heart Disease and Preparing for New Epidemics


By PAM BELLUCK and JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Frieden’s Next Act: Heart Disease and Preparing for New Epidemics
The man who headed the C.D.C. under Obama will tackle new global health challenges, with $225 million from Gates, Bloomberg and Chan Zuckerberg Read more article at hafana

Monday, September 11, 2017

Houston’s Floodwaters Are Tainted With Toxins, Testing Shows


By SHEILA KAPLAN and JACK HEALY from NYT Health Houston’s Floodwaters Are Tainted With Toxins, Testing Shows
Water samples contained unsafe levels of fecal bacteria and other contaminants, both inside and outside homes, The Times found. Read more article at hafana

New Gene-Therapy Treatments Will Carry Whopping Price Tags


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health New Gene-Therapy Treatments Will Carry Whopping Price Tags
Kymriah, approved recently by the F.D.A., with a $475,000 price tag, is first of a coming wave of treatments whose expected prices have alarmed economists, scientists and insurers. Read more article at hafana

What Does It Cost to Create a Cancer Drug? Less Than You’d Think


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health What Does It Cost to Create a Cancer Drug? Less Than You’d Think
A new study suggests that biotech companies are spending far less than believed on research and development for approved drugs, despite rising prices. Read more article at hafana

Friday, September 8, 2017

How to Protect a Drug Patent? Sell it to a Native American Tribe


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health How to Protect a Drug Patent? Sell it to a Native American Tribe
Under a novel deal, Allergan will pay the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe $13.75 million. In exchange, the tribe will claim sovereign immunity as grounds to dismiss a patent challenge. Read more article at hafana

Life After the Storm: Children Who Survived Katrina Offer Lessons


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health Life After the Storm: Children Who Survived Katrina Offer Lessons
Now in their 20s, they urge the youngest survivors of Harvey and Irma to seek stability from one ‘solid anchor’ — a parent, teacher, pastor or sibling Read more article at hafana