Monday, July 31, 2017

White House Panel Recommends Declaring National Emergency on Opioids


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health White House Panel Recommends Declaring National Emergency on Opioids
President Trump’s commission to assess the epidemic wrote to him that a declaration would allow the federal government to “take bold steps.” Read more article at hafana

Dr. Raj Panjabi Goes the Last Mile in Liberia


By CLAUDIA DREIFUS from NYT Health Dr. Raj Panjabi Goes the Last Mile in Liberia
A charity dispatches community health workers to the most remote communities in Africa — beyond “the last mile” of the organized health care system. Read more article at hafana

Only Six Nations Have Evaluated Readiness for Global Pandemic


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Only Six Nations Have Evaluated Readiness for Global Pandemic
A World Bank-sponsored study found that wealthy countries Finland, Saudi Arabia and the United States and poor nations Eritrea, Pakistan and Tanzania had gone through assessments. Read more article at hafana

What Does Your Microbiome Say About You?


By ANERI PATTANI from NYT Health What Does Your Microbiome Say About You?
There are many, many microbial species living in or on your body. What secrets can they tell? Read more article at hafana

Caregivers Are Too Slow to Reach for EpiPens, Study Finds


By STEPH YIN from NYT Health Caregivers Are Too Slow to Reach for EpiPens, Study Finds
Just 36 percent of children having strong allergic reactions receive epinephrine before arriving at the emergency room, suggesting more education is needed. Read more article at hafana

A Dangerous, ‘Silent Reservoir’ for Gonorrhea: The Throat


By ANERI PATTANI from NYT Health A Dangerous, ‘Silent Reservoir’ for Gonorrhea: The Throat
Oral gonorrhea is hard to detect and treat. And with drug-resistant strains of the bacteria on the rise, experts are concerned about so-called super gonorrhea. Read more article at hafana

Lovers Share Colonies of Skin Microbes, Study Finds


By ANERI PATTANI from NYT Health Lovers Share Colonies of Skin Microbes, Study Finds
Couples who live together come to share similar communities of bodily bacteria — especially on the feet. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Consensus Is Health Law Can Be Fixed. Now the Hard Part.


By REED ABELSON, ABBY GOODNOUGH and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Consensus Is Health Law Can Be Fixed. Now the Hard Part.
Stabilizing the market, lowering drug prices and expanding access to coverage would go a long way to easing millions of Americans’ concerns. Read more article at hafana

Friday, July 28, 2017

In U.S. First, Scientists Edit Genes of Human Embryos


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health In U.S. First, Scientists Edit Genes of Human Embryos
For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases. Read more article at hafana

F.D.A. Delays Rules That Would Have Limited E-Cigarettes on Market


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health F.D.A. Delays Rules That Would Have Limited E-Cigarettes on Market
The agency opened the door to endorsing “vaping” as a means to getting tobacco smokers to quit. Read more article at hafana

Scaramucci Did Not Invent the Word ‘Paranoiac’


By HEATHER MURPHY from NYT Health Scaramucci Did Not Invent the Word ‘Paranoiac’
As the word makes its way into all kinds of peculiar sentences, it seems worth clearing up one matter: Anthony Scaramucci should not be blamed or credited with inventing it. It is a real word, with a complex history. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Whooping Cough Cases Double in Indiana in a Year, Prompting a Call to Vaccinate


By MAGGIE ASTOR from NYT Health Whooping Cough Cases Double in Indiana in a Year, Prompting a Call to Vaccinate
There were 136 confirmed cases of whooping cough in the state in the first half of 2017, compared with 66 in the first half of 2016, but an expert was not alarmed. Read more article at hafana

‘I Am Totally Burned Out’: Patients Watch Health Care Debate With Dread


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health ‘I Am Totally Burned Out’: Patients Watch Health Care Debate With Dread
The war in Congress over repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has brought anxiety to the people whose health insurance is at risk. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Case of Zika Virus, Likely Spread by Mosquito, Is Reported in Texas


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Case of Zika Virus, Likely Spread by Mosquito, Is Reported in Texas
For the first time this year, health officials have documented a case of local mosquito transmission of the virus within the contiguous United States. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Celgene to Pay $280 Million to Settle Fraud Suit Over Cancer Drugs


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Celgene to Pay $280 Million to Settle Fraud Suit Over Cancer Drugs
The lawsuit accused the pharmaceutical company of marketing Thalomid and Revlimid for unapproved use on a broader range of cancers. Read more article at hafana

Monday, July 24, 2017

Scientists Report a Rare Case of H.I.V. Remission


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Scientists Report a Rare Case of H.I.V. Remission
A girl in South Africa, born infected with the virus, was given early treatment and remained free of the infection eight years later, scientists reported on Monday. Read more article at hafana

In Some Countries, Women Get Days Off for Period Pain


By ANERI PATTANI from NYT Health In Some Countries, Women Get Days Off for Period Pain
In some countries, companies offer women paid time off for period pain. But some experts fear these policies reinforce dated stereotypes. Read more article at hafana

England’s Mental Health Experiment: Free Talk Therapy


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health England’s Mental Health Experiment: Free Talk Therapy
The two creators of the program concluded that providing therapy, creating a system of primary care for mental health, made economic sense. Read more article at hafana

It’s High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther


By ANERI PATTANI from NYT Health It’s High Time for Ticks, Which Are Spreading Diseases Farther
The disease-carrying blood suckers are spreading more pathogens and putting more Americans at risk, even for more rare illnesses. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies Against Cancer


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health A Rush to Develop ‘Utterly Transformative’ Gene Therapies Against Cancer
Gene therapy for cancer is becoming a reality but works best for blood cancers like leukemia and not so well yet in more common ones like lung cancer. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, July 22, 2017

New C.D.C. Chief Saw Coca-Cola as Ally in Obesity Fight


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health New C.D.C. Chief Saw Coca-Cola as Ally in Obesity Fight
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said she would consider taking money from Coke for C.D.C. programs despite the agency’s having cut ties with the company in the past. Read more article at hafana

Friday, July 21, 2017

Another Possible Indignity of Age: Arrest


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Another Possible Indignity of Age: Arrest
Confrontations with police officers are increasing as the ranks of older Americans swell and dementia becomes more widespread. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, July 20, 2017

These Americans Hated the Health Law. Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In.


By KATE ZERNIKE and ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health These Americans Hated the Health Law. Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In.
Sentiment in a Pennsylvania county has tracked with a national shift in opinion about the Affordable Care Act amid fears that millions could lose coverage. Read more article at hafana

A Sensor on Your Skin That Looks and Feels Like a Temporary Tattoo


By ANERI PATTANI from NYT Health A Sensor on Your Skin That Looks and Feels Like a Temporary Tattoo
Researchers have developed a new breathable, wearable sensor that can monitor vital signals without irritating skin. Read more article at hafana

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, July 17, 2017

27 Contact Lenses Are Found in Woman’s Eye, Doctors Report


By NIRAJ CHOKSHI from NYT Health 27 Contact Lenses Are Found in Woman’s Eye, Doctors Report
A medical team in Britain decided to publicize the case to raise awareness about safe contact lens use. Read more article at hafana

Houston Braces for Another Brush With the Peril of Zika


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Houston Braces for Another Brush With the Peril of Zika
The epidemic seems to be waning in other countries, but the threat is not yet past in the United States. Read more article at hafana

In South Asian Social Castes, a Living Lab for Genetic Disease


By STEPH YIN from NYT Health In South Asian Social Castes, a Living Lab for Genetic Disease
Millenniums of marriages within well-defined subgroups in South Asia have created many populations with higher risks of recessive disease, according to new research. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, July 16, 2017

McCain’s Surgery May Be More Serious Than Thought, Experts Say


By DENISE GRADY and ROBERT PEAR from NYT Health McCain’s Surgery May Be More Serious Than Thought, Experts Say
The recovery from a procedure on Friday to remove a blood clot could delay Senator John McCain’s return to Washington for a vote on health care, medical experts said. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, July 15, 2017

In Clash Over Health Bill, a Growing Fear of ‘Junk Insurance’


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health In Clash Over Health Bill, a Growing Fear of ‘Junk Insurance’
The Republicans’ proposal to overturn Obamacare could allow insurers to sell bare-bones plans that fail to pay for what is now deemed essential medical care. Read more article at hafana

Friday, July 14, 2017

Keith Conners, Psychologist Who Set Standard for Diagnosing A.D.H.D., Dies at 84


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health Keith Conners, Psychologist Who Set Standard for Diagnosing A.D.H.D., Dies at 84
After devising a scale for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Dr. Conners later expressed dismay over how loosely the label was being applied. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, July 13, 2017

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How Severe, Ongoing Stress Can Affect a Child's Brain


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health How Severe, Ongoing Stress Can Affect a Child's Brain
A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom. Read more article at hafana

F.D.A. Panel Recommends Approval for Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health F.D.A. Panel Recommends Approval for Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment
The panel voted unanimously to recommend that the agency approve a treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight leukemia. Read more article at hafana

Study of How We Look at Faces May Offer Insight Into Autism


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health Study of How We Look at Faces May Offer Insight Into Autism
The research suggests that genetics underlie how children seek out formative social experiences like making eye contact or observing facial expressions. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

F.D.A. Deal Would Relax Rules on Reporting Medical Device Problems


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health F.D.A. Deal Would Relax Rules on Reporting Medical Device Problems
The makers of cardiac defibrillators, insulin pumps, breast implants and other devices will be able to delay the reporting of malfunctions under an agreement headed to Congress. Read more article at hafana

Monday, July 10, 2017

Considering the Side Effects of Drugmakers’ Money-Back Guarantees


By KATIE THOMAS and CHARLES ORNSTEIN from NYT Health Considering the Side Effects of Drugmakers’ Money-Back Guarantees
The Trump administration is considering encouraging lowering drug costs through outcome-based contracts, but there is little evidence the approach works. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Why Obamacare’s Loudest Critics Aren’t as Loud Anymore


By KATE ZERNIKE from NYT Health Why Obamacare’s Loudest Critics Aren’t as Loud Anymore
With Republican health care legislation hanging in the balance, activists feeling betrayed by leaders they helped elect have turned their focus to other issues. Read more article at hafana

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Patient Wants to Leave. The Hospital Says ‘No Way.’


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health The Patient Wants to Leave. The Hospital Says ‘No Way.’
More than 50,000 seniors annually check themselves out of hospitals “against medical advice,” according to a recent survey. They shouldn’t have to, some experts say. Read more article at hafana

Georgia’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Named to Head C.D.C.


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Georgia’s Health Commissioner, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Named to Head C.D.C.
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald is an obstetrician-gynecologist and a two-time Republican congressional candidate. Read more article at hafana

The Hidden Subsidy That Helps Pay for Health Insurance


By KATE ZERNIKE from NYT Health The Hidden Subsidy That Helps Pay for Health Insurance
The tax exclusion on what employers pay toward employees’ health insurance premiums is bigger than any subsidy offered under the Affordable Care Act. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, July 6, 2017

New York Hospital Offers to Treat British Baby With Rare Disease


By RONI CARYN RABIN from NYT Health New York Hospital Offers to Treat British Baby With Rare Disease
Officials at a leading academic medical center in Manhattan have agreed to admit 11-month-old Charlie Gard as an inpatient, under certain conditions. Read more article at hafana

Opioid Prescriptions Fell Over 5 Years, but No Easy End to Addiction Crisis


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Opioid Prescriptions Fell Over 5 Years, but No Easy End to Addiction Crisis
The prescribing rate in 2015 was lower than 2010, but still three times as high as it was in 1999. Tremendous regional variation around the country remains. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Poor Patient Care at Many Nursing Homes Despite Stricter Oversight


By JORDAN RAU from NYT Health Poor Patient Care at Many Nursing Homes Despite Stricter Oversight
Homes forced to undergo the federal government’s strictest scrutiny often slide back into providing dangerous care. Read more article at hafana

Monday, July 3, 2017

Enticing Pregnant Women in Liberia to Give Birth in Health Centers


By ANERI PATTANI from NYT Health Enticing Pregnant Women in Liberia to Give Birth in Health Centers
A grass-roots practice hopes to reduce maternal deaths by threatening to impose fines on birth attendants if women deliver their babies at home. Read more article at hafana

There’s Plague on the Prairie, but These Dogs May Be Protected


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health There’s Plague on the Prairie, but These Dogs May Be Protected
An unusual peanut-butter-flavored vaccine helps to shield prairie dogs from outbreaks of plague. Read more article at hafana

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

Saturday, July 1, 2017

For Millions, Life Without Medicaid Services Is No Option


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health For Millions, Life Without Medicaid Services Is No Option
Supplemental benefits for millions of recipients, many of them disabled, would be at risk under Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Read more article at hafana