Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Influential Health Fund Reboots Its Search for a Leader


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Influential Health Fund Reboots Its Search for a Leader
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will start looking again for an executive director after controversy over its first set of candidates. Read more article at hafana

Monday, February 27, 2017

Life Span of South Korean Women Is Headed Toward 90


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Life Span of South Korean Women Is Headed Toward 90
If current trends persist, women born in South Korea in 2030 will live perhaps 90 years on average, researchers said, the longest life span in the world. Read more article at hafana

Deadly, Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Pose Huge Threat, W.H.O. Says


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Deadly, Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’ Pose Huge Threat, W.H.O. Says
The World Health Organization ranked the deadliest pathogens and urged experts and researchers to focus on fighting the most dangerous ones first. Read more article at hafana

The Dirty Dozen: UN Issues List of 12 Most Worrying Bacteria


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health The Dirty Dozen: UN Issues List of 12 Most Worrying Bacteria
The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Adults a Medicaid Work Requirement Would Leave Behind


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health The Adults a Medicaid Work Requirement Would Leave Behind
Republican governors want to reverse what they consider an incentive not to work, but critics say putting employment before health care is backward. Read more article at hafana

Friday, February 24, 2017

Doctors Consider a Last Best Hope for Obese Teenagers: Surgery


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Doctors Consider a Last Best Hope for Obese Teenagers: Surgery
Parents and doctors have a host of concerns about the procedure, but some are wondering if teenage patients are waiting too long for what may be their best option. Read more article at hafana

Gorsuch Staunchly Opposes ‘Aid in Dying.’ Does It Matter?


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Gorsuch Staunchly Opposes ‘Aid in Dying.’ Does It Matter?
Judge Neil M. Gorsuch’s book leaves no doubt regarding his feelings. But advocates say the real battle is in state courts, not the Supreme Court. Read more article at hafana

Monday, February 20, 2017

H.I.V. Stalks Prostitutes and Their Children in Cambodia


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health H.I.V. Stalks Prostitutes and Their Children in Cambodia
A small survey suggests that many young sex workers cannot protect themselves from infection and pass it on to their infants. Read more article at hafana

Getting the Most From Vitamins and Mineral Supplements


By C. CLAIBORNE RAY from NYT Health Getting the Most From Vitamins and Mineral Supplements
The National Institutes of Health studies dietary supplements and advises the public and professionals, but its conclusions are often complicated. Read more article at hafana

A Balm When You’re Expecting: Sometimes Pot Does the Trick


By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS from NYT Health A Balm When You’re Expecting: Sometimes Pot Does the Trick
Five women describe why they used marijuana while pregnant, and how they assessed the risks and benefits before making that choice. Read more article at hafana

In Response to Trump, a Dutch Minister Launches ‘She Decides’


By CLAUDIA DREIFUS from NYT Health In Response to Trump, a Dutch Minister Launches ‘She Decides’
Liliane Ploumen, a trade minister in the Netherlands, mobilized support for global family-planning groups threatened by an executive order from President Trump. Read more article at hafana

Friday, February 17, 2017

Work Stops at C.D.C.’s Top Deadly Germ Lab Over Air Hose Safety


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Work Stops at C.D.C.’s Top Deadly Germ Lab Over Air Hose Safety
Work has stopped temporarily at the government lab handling viruses like Ebola because air hoses used in safety suits were not tested for breathing safety. Read more article at hafana

Kids With ADHD Have Some Smaller Brain Regions Than Normal


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Kids With ADHD Have Some Smaller Brain Regions Than Normal
Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder have several brain regions that are slightly smaller than usual, more evidence that the disorder should be considered a neurological condition, a new study says. Read more article at hafana

Congress Goes Home, and Constituents Fired-Up Over Health Care Are Waiting


By KATE ZERNIKE and ALEXANDER BURNS from NYT Health Congress Goes Home, and Constituents Fired-Up Over Health Care Are Waiting
As lawmakers leave for a weeklong recess, a flood of new activist groups has traditional organizations scrambling to catch up. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Contentious List of Finalists for Global Aid Fund Group’s Director


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health A Contentious List of Finalists for Global Aid Fund Group’s Director
The backgrounds of finalists to lead the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria are likely to draw scrutiny from the United States, its largest donor. Read more article at hafana

Long-Term Opioid Use Could Depend on the Doctor Who First Prescribed It


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Long-Term Opioid Use Could Depend on the Doctor Who First Prescribed It
A study of the use of opioid painkillers found that patients who had encountered a “high-intensity” prescribing doctor in the emergency room were more likely to become long-term users. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Malaria Parasite May Trigger Human Odor to Lure Mosquitoes


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Malaria Parasite May Trigger Human Odor to Lure Mosquitoes
Scientists may have figured out part of the reason mosquitoes are drawn to people infected with malaria: odor. Read more article at hafana

Humana Plans to Pull Out of Obamacare’s Insurance Exchanges


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Humana Plans to Pull Out of Obamacare’s Insurance Exchanges
President Trump seized on the company’s decision as support for his call to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Read more article at hafana

Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support


By AMY HARMON from NYT Health Human Gene Editing Receives Science Panel’s Support
Pressed by controversial, advancing technology, an influential committee laid out the conditions under which human embryos might be engineered with heritable traits. Read more article at hafana

Study Finds New Bacterial Strain Can Contaminate Shellfish


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Study Finds New Bacterial Strain Can Contaminate Shellfish
Scientists studying oysters along the Atlantic Coast have discovered a critical clue to understanding why more seafood lovers are getting sick from eating shellfish. Read more article at hafana

Monday, February 13, 2017

Lower Back Ache? Be Active and Wait It Out, New Guidelines Say


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Lower Back Ache? Be Active and Wait It Out, New Guidelines Say
A national physicians’ group says back pain is treated best by exercise, massage therapy or yoga and over-the-counter pain relievers, not medications like opioids. Read more article at hafana

Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychiatric Drugs


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health Sharp Rise Reported in Older Americans’ Use of Multiple Psychiatric Drugs
Almost half of these people were not diagnosed with any mood, chronic pain or sleep problem, researchers reported in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more article at hafana

Friday, February 10, 2017

Addiction Treatment Grew Under Health Law. Now What?


By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE and ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Addiction Treatment Grew Under Health Law. Now What?
Seeing progress in the fight against the nation’s opioid epidemic, many providers are frustrated that the Affordable Care Act may be dismantled. Read more article at hafana

Doctors See Gains Against ‘an Urgent Threat,’ C. Diff


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Doctors See Gains Against ‘an Urgent Threat,’ C. Diff
Infection rates appear to be declining, while innovative treatments are being tested and vaccine trials are in the works. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Weak Reporting System Let Risky Surgical Device Stay in Use


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Weak Reporting System Let Risky Surgical Device Stay in Use
Doctors and hospitals failed to tell the Food and Drug Administration about women whose cancer was spread by a surgical tool, a new report finds. Read more article at hafana

Games, Crafts, Other Activities May Safeguard Aging Brain


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Games, Crafts, Other Activities May Safeguard Aging Brain
Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities including web-surfing, playing bridge and socializing can stave off mental decline, new research says. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Plain Old Vaping Gives Way to ‘Dripping’ Among Teenagers, Study Says


By JACEY FORTIN from NYT Health Plain Old Vaping Gives Way to ‘Dripping’ Among Teenagers, Study Says
One in four Connecticut high school students who use e-cigarettes have used the method to produce thicker clouds of nicotine vapor, a Yale study found. Read more article at hafana

Monday, February 6, 2017

Picking the Right Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever


By CHRISTOPHER MELE from NYT Health Picking the Right Over-the-Counter Pain Reliever
Doctors said to be sure you read the labels closely, understand what you are taking and heed the recommended doses. Read more article at hafana

Turning the Tide Against Cholera


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Turning the Tide Against Cholera
Two centuries ago, a global pandemic rose from the swamps of Bangladesh. Now researchers there may have found the tools to stop it. Read more article at hafana

Trump’s Travel Ban, Aimed at Terrorists, Has Blocked Doctors


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Trump’s Travel Ban, Aimed at Terrorists, Has Blocked Doctors
Across the United States, over 15,000 physicians are from the seven affected countries. Many work in small towns, poor urban neighborhoods and V.A. hospitals. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Trump’s F.D.A. Pick Could Undo Decades of Drug Safeguards


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Trump’s F.D.A. Pick Could Undo Decades of Drug Safeguards
A top candidate to head the agency, Jim O’Neill, advocates “progressive” approval, in which drugs proved safe could be sold to consumers even if not yet proved effective. Read more article at hafana

Friday, February 3, 2017

Misophonia Sufferers: Scientists May Have Found the Root of Your Pain


By KIMIKO de FREYTAS-TAMURA from NYT Health Misophonia Sufferers: Scientists May Have Found the Root of Your Pain
To those for whom ordinary sounds cause extraordinary rage, a new study may help lead to relief. Read more article at hafana

Have You Used Marijuana While Pregnant?


By THE NEW YORK TIMES from NYT Health Have You Used Marijuana While Pregnant?
We want to learn more about who is using marijuana in pregnancy, and why. Share your story with us here. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pregnant Women Turn to Marijuana, Perhaps Harming Infants


By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS from NYT Health Pregnant Women Turn to Marijuana, Perhaps Harming Infants
More expectant mothers are using marijuana, believing it safe. But research suggests it may hurt brain development and reduce birth weight. Read more article at hafana

Trump Takes the Hair-Growth Drug Propecia. How Does It Work?


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Trump Takes the Hair-Growth Drug Propecia. How Does It Work?
The drug is a popular pill for male-pattern hair loss that blocks formation of a hormone that makes hair fall out. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hormone Blockers Can Prolong Life if Prostate Cancer Recurs


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Hormone Blockers Can Prolong Life if Prostate Cancer Recurs
Men whose prostate cancer recurs after surgery are more likely to survive if, along with the usual radiation, they take drugs to block male hormones. Read more article at hafana