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

In a Dragon’s Blood, Scientists Discover a Potential Antibiotic


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health In a Dragon’s Blood, Scientists Discover a Potential Antibiotic
Blood samples from a captive Komodo dragon blood yield molecules that kill bacteria and heal wounds, biochemists find. Read more article at hafana

Monday, April 10, 2017

Volcanic Minerals, Not Worms, Caused Disease Outbreak in Uganda


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Volcanic Minerals, Not Worms, Caused Disease Outbreak in Uganda
An outbreak of elephantiasis among farmers in western Uganda was the surprising result of working barefoot, researchers report. Read more article at hafana

Nature’s Ear Plugs


By C. CLAIBORNE RAY from NYT Health Nature’s Ear Plugs
The waxy part of so-called ear wax holds the compacted waste together and smooths the way for it to leave the ear. 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

The Patients Were Saved. That’s Why the Families Are Suing.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health The Patients Were Saved. That’s Why the Families Are Suing.
Relatives of patients resuscitated against their instructions are increasingly willing to sue over “wrongful life.” Read more article at hafana

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Trump Resistance Found Early Success. Can It Also Find Momentum?


By KATE ZERNIKE from NYT Health The Trump Resistance Found Early Success. Can It Also Find Momentum?
Opposition groups, fresh off a health care victory, are now looking ahead to other issues, the midterms, and a long road ahead. Read more article at hafana

Friday, April 7, 2017

No ‘Death Spiral’: Insurers May Soon Profit From Obamacare Plans, Analysis Finds


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health No ‘Death Spiral’: Insurers May Soon Profit From Obamacare Plans, Analysis Finds
“We are seeing the first signs in 2016 that this market could be manageable for most health insurers,” Standard & Poor’s analysts said. Read more article at hafana

Short Answers to Hard Questions About HPV


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health Short Answers to Hard Questions About HPV
A new report suggests that almost half of Americans between 18 and 59 are infected with HPV. What does that mean? Read more article at hafana

Thursday, April 6, 2017

F.D.A. Will Allow 23andMe to Sell Genetic Tests for Disease Risk to Consumers


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health F.D.A. Will Allow 23andMe to Sell Genetic Tests for Disease Risk to Consumers
Lifting an earlier moratorium, the agency said the company could report the risks for 10 diseases under certain controls. Read more article at hafana

Close to Half of American Adults Infected With Genital HPV, Study Finds


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health Close to Half of American Adults Infected With Genital HPV, Study Finds
High-risk strains of the virus — a cause of cervical and vaginal cancers, and cancer of the penis — infect 25.1 percent of men and 20.4 percent of women. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

One in 10 Pregnant Women With Zika in U.S. Have Babies With Birth Defects


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health One in 10 Pregnant Women With Zika in U.S. Have Babies With Birth Defects
A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reinforced evidence that women infected in the first trimester were at greater risk of having babies with birth defects. Read more article at hafana

Monday, April 3, 2017

The Campaign to Lead the World Health Organization


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health The Campaign to Lead the World Health Organization
The new director general of the World Health Organization, to be selected in May, will take over at a pivotal time. Read more article at hafana

Iowa’s Largest Insurer Says It Will Withdraw From Obamacare Exchanges


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Iowa’s Largest Insurer Says It Will Withdraw From Obamacare Exchanges
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield blamed the uncertain future of the federal health care law and the ensuing market instability for its decision. Read more article at hafana

Kansas House Narrowly Upholds Governor’s Veto of Medicaid Expansion


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and MITCH SMITH from NYT Health Kansas House Narrowly Upholds Governor’s Veto of Medicaid Expansion
Despite phone calls and in-person pleas from constituents, legislators fell three votes shy of the two-thirds majority needed to override Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto. Read more article at hafana