Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Trump Vows to Ease Rules for Drug Makers, but Prices Remain a Focus


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Trump Vows to Ease Rules for Drug Makers, but Prices Remain a Focus
The president said he would make it easier for the industry to manufacture in the United States and he would further discuss lowering costs behind closed doors. Read more article at hafana

Talk of Repeal Sends People Running to, and From, Affordable Care Act


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and ROBERT PEAR from NYT Health Talk of Repeal Sends People Running to, and From, Affordable Care Act
Since President Trump’s election, some states have seen a flow of people signing up for the health law, while in many others enrollments have flattened. Read more article at hafana

Monday, January 30, 2017

In South Africa, Deadly Tuberculosis Strain Is Spread Directly


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health In South Africa, Deadly Tuberculosis Strain Is Spread Directly
A study has shown that the problem is much bigger than previously realized, and that most victims contracted the drug-resistant TB not through treatment failure, but rather directly from another victim. Read more article at hafana

Drug Makers Accused of Fixing Prices on Insulin


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Drug Makers Accused of Fixing Prices on Insulin
A lawsuit claims Sanofi, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly raised prices at the expense of patients’ health. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, January 29, 2017

For Some, the Affordable Care Act Is a Lifesaver. For Others, a Burden.


By SONA PATEL and FAHIMA HAQUE from NYT Health For Some, the Affordable Care Act Is a Lifesaver. For Others, a Burden.
The New York Times asked readers to talk about how they would be affected if the Affordable Care Act was repealed. Read more article at hafana

Friday, January 27, 2017

Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Under Scrutiny for Investments


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Trump’s Pick for Health Secretary Under Scrutiny for Investments
Democrats have called for investigations into whether Representative Tom Price violated insider trading laws or conflict of interest rules. Read more article at hafana

Nursing Home Residents Gain New Protections


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Nursing Home Residents Gain New Protections
New federal regulations strengthen protections, but do not establish staffing requirements. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

W.H.O. Warns of Worrisome Bird Flu in China


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health W.H.O. Warns of Worrisome Bird Flu in China
A strain of avian flu has hospitalized more than 225 people in China since September, and may have jumped from person to person at least twice. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Are New Drugs for Hepatitis C Safe? A Report Raises Concerns


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Are New Drugs for Hepatitis C Safe? A Report Raises Concerns
Drugs approved in recent years that can cure hepatitis C may have severe side effects, including liver failure, a new report suggests. Read more article at hafana

Monday, January 23, 2017

Malnutrition Wiping Out Children in Northern Nigeria, Aid Workers Say


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Malnutrition Wiping Out Children in Northern Nigeria, Aid Workers Say
Medical workers have seen few infants and toddlers in refugee camps in Nigeria’s Borno State and fear that many have died of starvation and related diseases. Read more article at hafana

7 Young People on Their Views of Gender


By ANNIE TRITT from NYT Health 7 Young People on Their Views of Gender
Annie Tritt has been photographing young people whose sense of gender goes beyond the binary norm. These are a few of their thoughts and pictures. Read more article at hafana

The Fight Trump Faces Over Drug Prices


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health The Fight Trump Faces Over Drug Prices
The president has pledged to take on the pharmaceutical industry to lower drug prices, but Congress has banned direct negotiations for drugs covered by Medicare. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cervical Cancer Taking Deadlier Toll in U.S. Than Had Been Thought


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Cervical Cancer Taking Deadlier Toll in U.S. Than Had Been Thought
A new study, which excluded women with hysterectomies, also showed the disparity in death rates between blacks and whites was significantly wider. Read more article at hafana

Friday, January 20, 2017

G.O.P. Governors Seek Flexibility on Medicaid and Health Markets


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and ROBERT PEAR from NYT Health G.O.P. Governors Seek Flexibility on Medicaid and Health Markets
Nine governors visiting Capitol Hill criticized the Obama administration as too rigid, but many also urged lawmakers not to repeal the health law without a replacement. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Donors and Drug Makers Offer $500 Million to Control Global Epidemics


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Donors and Drug Makers Offer $500 Million to Control Global Epidemics
Japan, Norway and two foundations have pledged money to devise a strategy to speed up the international response to viral threats. Read more article at hafana

Rate of U.S. Abortions Hits Lowest Since Roe v. Wade


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Rate of U.S. Abortions Hits Lowest Since Roe v. Wade
Researchers attribute the declines to increased use of long-term birth control devices, particularly among poorer women. Read more article at hafana

Monday, January 16, 2017

Trump Health Secretary Pick’s Longtime Foes: Big Government and Insurance Companies


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Trump Health Secretary Pick’s Longtime Foes: Big Government and Insurance Companies
Over a long political career, Tom Price, a doctor, never swerved from his policy mission to protect his former profession from what he views as heavy-handed government intrusion. Read more article at hafana

How the Response to Zika Failed Millions


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health How the Response to Zika Failed Millions
One year after the W.H.O. declared a public health emergency, experts reflect on the response to the virus and find many aspects wanting. Read more article at hafana

Physician Aid in Dying Gains Acceptance in the U.S.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Physician Aid in Dying Gains Acceptance in the U.S.
Nearly one in five Americans now lives in a state where terminally ill patients may legally choose to end their lives with prescriptions from a doctor. Read more article at hafana

Friday, January 13, 2017

Australian Drug Maker Has Low Profile but Powerful Backers in Washington


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Australian Drug Maker Has Low Profile but Powerful Backers in Washington
Representatives Chris Collins and Tom Price and other power players have substantial investments in Innate Immunotherapeutics, a company with no approved drugs. Read more article at hafana

Study Maps ‘Uniquely Devastating’ Genital Injuries Among Troops


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Study Maps ‘Uniquely Devastating’ Genital Injuries Among Troops
A new report found that more than 1,300 men in the American military suffered various injuries to their genitals or urinary tract while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. Read more article at hafana

How Do You Die of Parkinson’s Disease?


By RONI CARYN RABIN from NYT Health How Do You Die of Parkinson’s Disease?
It is often said that people die “with” Parkinson’s rather than “of” the disease. Read more article at hafana

Monday, January 9, 2017

Study Finds Lower, but Still High, Rate of C-Sections in China


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Study Finds Lower, but Still High, Rate of C-Sections in China
At about 35 percent, the rate is lower than previously reported but still far above the ideal range. Read more article at hafana

Friday, January 6, 2017

Is the Sleep Aid Melatonin Safe for Children and Adults?


By KEVIN MCCARTHY from NYT Health Is the Sleep Aid Melatonin Safe for Children and Adults?
The hormone melatonin is hugely popular as a natural sleep aid. But is it safe? Read more article at hafana

Monday, January 2, 2017

Easing the Toll of Sickle Cell Disease in Childbirth


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Easing the Toll of Sickle Cell Disease in Childbirth
Creating teams at a hospital in Ghana to treat pregnant women who have the disease reduced their death rates by almost 90 percent. Read more article at hafana

Petroleum Jelly May Reduce Risk of Eczema


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Petroleum Jelly May Reduce Risk of Eczema
Two studies in newborns indicate that daily moisturizer applications can lower the potential for developing itchy skin symptoms. Read more article at hafana