Wednesday, December 27, 2017

F.D.A. Leaves Tainted Foods on Shelves Too Long, Report Finds


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health F.D.A. Leaves Tainted Foods on Shelves Too Long, Report Finds
The agency has the authority to force recalls of contaminated foods but is not adequately ensuring timely compliance, an inspector general’s report concludes. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Measles Deaths Fall to a Record Low Worldwide


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Measles Deaths Fall to a Record Low Worldwide
Thanks to vaccines, the disease — which not long ago killed over 2 million children a year — now kills fewer than 100,000, the W.H.O. reported. Read more article at hafana

One Man’s Stand Against Junk Food as Diabetes Climbs Across India


By GEETA ANAND from NYT Health One Man’s Stand Against Junk Food as Diabetes Climbs Across India
India is “sitting on a volcano” of diabetes. A father’s effort to ban junk food sales in and near schools aims to change what children eat. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, December 23, 2017

In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants


By THOMAS FULLER, ANAHAD O’CONNOR and MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants
When the food industry funds nutritionists, critics say it subverts science to preserve its market. Read more article at hafana

Friday, December 22, 2017

Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients


By TED ALCORN from NYT Health Greater Access to Donated Livers Promised to Transplant Patients
Under revised guidelines, the sickest patients may qualify to receive organs from regions outside their own. Read more article at hafana

A Better Kind of Nursing Home


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health A Better Kind of Nursing Home
At Green Houses, residents have more independence and facilities are less institutional — a big improvement over most nursing homes, new research finds. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

E.P.A. Delays Bans on Uses of Hazardous Chemicals


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health E.P.A. Delays Bans on Uses of Hazardous Chemicals
Despite earlier warnings about the dangers, the agency will indefinitely postpone bans on three chemicals used in paint strippers, and in dry-cleaning and degreasing agents. Read more article at hafana

A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health A Federal Ban on Making Lethal Viruses Is Lifted
The N.I.H. will create expert panels to assess controversial research into creating pathogens that easily infect humans. Read more article at hafana

Monday, December 18, 2017

Hospital Giants Vie for Patients in Effort to Fend Off New Rivals


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Hospital Giants Vie for Patients in Effort to Fend Off New Rivals
The flurry of mergers among big hospital groups is aimed at retaining patients while new competitors, including insurance giants and technology outfits, try to steal them away. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A CDC Ban on 'Fetus' and 'Transgender?' Experts Alarmed


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health A CDC Ban on 'Fetus' and 'Transgender?' Experts Alarmed
Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation's top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including "fetus," ''transgender" and "science-based." Read more article at hafana

Drug Company Under Fire After Revealing Dengue Vaccine May Harm Some


By DENISE GRADY and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Drug Company Under Fire After Revealing Dengue Vaccine May Harm Some
A promising vaccine for dengue fever is in limbo after the Philippines suspended its use amid widespread public anger and fears about its safety. Read more article at hafana

In Opioid Battle, Cherokee Want Their Day in Tribal Court


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health In Opioid Battle, Cherokee Want Their Day in Tribal Court
Decimated by addiction, its heritage at risk, the Cherokee Nation is trying to sue pharmacies and distributors. But it may be blocked from doing so. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Uproar Over Purported Ban at C.D.C. of Words Like ‘Fetus’


By SHEILA KAPLAN and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Uproar Over Purported Ban at C.D.C. of Words Like ‘Fetus’
The Department of Health and Human Services played down a report that officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were told not to use several words in budget documents. Read more article at hafana

Six Lessons in Helping African Women Avoid H.I.V.


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Six Lessons in Helping African Women Avoid H.I.V.
Countering the bleak history of AIDS prevention in Africa, a nonprofit explains how it helped women hide H.I.V. prevention pills and deflect male anger. Read more article at hafana

Friday, December 15, 2017

A Last Push for Obamacare Sign-ups — and Worries About Who Got Hurt


By KATE ZERNIKE and ROBERT PEAR from NYT Health A Last Push for Obamacare Sign-ups — and Worries About Who Got Hurt
Blacks and Hispanics saw the biggest gains under the Affordable Care Act. They’re also likely to be most affected by cuts to this year’s enrollment period, which ended Friday. Read more article at hafana

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