Thursday, August 31, 2017

Short Answers to Hard Questions about Health Threats from Hurricane Harvey


By SHEILA KAPLAN and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Short Answers to Hard Questions about Health Threats from Hurricane Harvey
We talked to experts and got replies and advice to many common queries Read more article at hafana

Trump Administration Sharply Cuts Spending on Health Law Enrollment


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and ROBERT PEAR from NYT Health Trump Administration Sharply Cuts Spending on Health Law Enrollment
Officials said advertising and counseling to help people find and choose health plans is often ineffective. Supporters decried the decision as sabotage. Read more article at hafana

US Clears Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Childhood Leukemia


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health US Clears Breakthrough Gene Therapy for Childhood Leukemia
Opening a new era in cancer care, U.S. health officials have approved a breakthrough treatment that genetically engineers patients' own blood cells into an army of assassins to seek and destroy childhood leukemia. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Medicare to Foot the Bill for Treadmill Therapy for Leg Pain


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Medicare to Foot the Bill for Treadmill Therapy for Leg Pain
Three times a week, Rita Driscoll steps onto a treadmill at a Minnesota hospital under the eye of a rehab therapist. She walks until it hurts — pushing her limits, walking faster and adding steeper inclines. Read more article at hafana

F.D.A. Approves First Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment, Costing $475,000


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health F.D.A. Approves First Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment, Costing $475,000
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first treatment that genetically alters a patient’s own cells to fight cancer. It will cost $475,000. Read more article at hafana

New Fathers Are Older Than Ever


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health New Fathers Are Older Than Ever
The average age of new dads in the United States has risen to almost 31, higher than ever. Read more article at hafana

Monday, August 28, 2017

F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Unscrupulous’ Stem Cell Clinics


By SHEILA KAPLAN and DENISE GRADY from NYT Health F.D.A. Cracks Down on ‘Unscrupulous’ Stem Cell Clinics
The agency reported actions against a biotech company and two large stem cell clinics over unapproved treatments, a move it said was necessary to make way for speedier approval of legitimate therapies. Read more article at hafana

A New Skin Lightening Procedure Is Short on Evidence


By ANERI PATTANI from NYT Health A New Skin Lightening Procedure Is Short on Evidence
Instead of bleaching creams, women who want lighter skin are now turning to a new treatment: injecting the antioxidant glutathione into their veins. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Drug Aimed at Inflammation May Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Drug Aimed at Inflammation May Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Cancer
A milestone finding for researchers, the connection of inflammatory responses to such illnesses could open the door to new treatments. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Trump’s Threats on Health Law Hide an Upside: Gains Made by Some Insurers


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Trump’s Threats on Health Law Hide an Upside: Gains Made by Some Insurers
Despite anxiety over the Affordable Care Act’s stability, many insurance companies still participating have cut losses sharply. Some are starting to prosper. Read more article at hafana

Friday, August 25, 2017

Dr. Marshall H. Klaus, Maternity-Ward Reformer, Dies at 90


By SAM ROBERTS from NYT Health Dr. Marshall H. Klaus, Maternity-Ward Reformer, Dies at 90
Dr. Klaus’s research led many hospitals to allow closer contact between parents and babies immediately after birth. Read more article at hafana

Brazil May Face a New Threat, This Time From Biting Midges


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Brazil May Face a New Threat, This Time From Biting Midges
The Oropouche virus, causing symptoms similar to dengue, appears to be slowly moving out of the Amazon jungle and closer to South American cities. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hunting a Killer: Sex, Drugs and the Return of Syphilis


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Hunting a Killer: Sex, Drugs and the Return of Syphilis
Outbreaks of a deadly, sexually transmitted disease confound health officials, whose obstacles include drug shortages, uneducated doctors and gangs. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Lab-Made 'Mini Organs' Helping Doctors Treat Cystic Fibrosis


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Lab-Made 'Mini Organs' Helping Doctors Treat Cystic Fibrosis
Els van der Heijden, who has cystic fibrosis, was finding it ever harder to breathe as her lungs filled with thick, sticky mucus. Despite taking more than a dozen pills and inhalers a day, the 53-year-old had to stop working and scale back doing the thing she loved best, horseback riding. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

$417 Million Awarded in Suit Tying Johnson’s Baby Powder to Cancer


By RONI CARYN RABIN from NYT Health $417 Million Awarded in Suit Tying Johnson’s Baby Powder to Cancer
A Los Angeles jury voted the damages for a medical receptionist who developed ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson’s talc for decades. Read more article at hafana

Monday, August 21, 2017

Letter to Price and Verma


By Unknown Author from NYT Health Letter to Price and Verma
In a recent letter to Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, congressional Democrats demanded detailed information on his plans for marketing and outreach during open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage. Read more article at hafana

How to Prevent Deadly Infection in Babies? Good Bacteria


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health How to Prevent Deadly Infection in Babies? Good Bacteria
A one-week dose of a probiotic isolated from a healthy infant’s diaper lowered rates of deadly sepsis in babies by 40 percent, researchers report. Read more article at hafana

Hospitals Are Clogged With Patients Struggling With Opioids


By STEPH YIN from NYT Health Hospitals Are Clogged With Patients Struggling With Opioids
As President Trump declares a national emergency, new data indicates hospitalizations for problems linked to prescription and illicit opioid abuse have risen sharply. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, August 20, 2017

In Tennessee, Promoting Enrollment in Tenuous Health Care Plans


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health In Tennessee, Promoting Enrollment in Tenuous Health Care Plans
Counselors are starting earlier than usual to encourage enrollment in Obamacare, even as the Trump administration works against them. Read more article at hafana

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Appointment Ends. Now the Patient Is Listening.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health The Appointment Ends. Now the Patient Is Listening.
Patients often don’t recall what was said in the doctor’s office. Should you record the visit to review later? Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sperm Count in Western Men Has Dropped Over 50 Percent Since 1973, Paper Finds


By MAYA SALAM from NYT Health Sperm Count in Western Men Has Dropped Over 50 Percent Since 1973, Paper Finds
Research that studied semen samples from nearly 43,000 men from 50 countries detected a sharp downward trend that is provoking broad health concerns. Read more article at hafana

Monday, August 14, 2017

More Than 500,000 Infected With Cholera in Yemen


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health More Than 500,000 Infected With Cholera in Yemen
The outbreak, spreading rapidly since it began in April, has killed about 2,000 Yemenis, the World Health Organization said on Monday. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Cancer Conundrum: Too Many Drug Trials, Too Few Patients


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health A Cancer Conundrum: Too Many Drug Trials, Too Few Patients
Breakthroughs in immunotherapy and a rush to develop profitable new treatments have brought a crush of clinical trials scrambling for patients. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Gene Editing Spurs Hope for Transplanting Pig Organs Into Humans
Geneticists have created piglets free of retroviruses, an important step toward creating a new supply of organs for transplant patients. Read more article at hafana

Your Instagram Posts May Hold Clues to Your Mental Health


By NIRAJ CHOKSHI from NYT Health Your Instagram Posts May Hold Clues to Your Mental Health
From the colors in photos to the filters chosen, Instagram users with a history of depression present the world differently, a study suggests. Read more article at hafana

Programs That Fight Teenage Pregnancy Are at Risk of Being Cut


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health Programs That Fight Teenage Pregnancy Are at Risk of Being Cut
The Trump administration questions the impact of the programs, but teenagers say they learn to say no to sex, or at least to unsafe sex. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Generic Drug Prices Are Falling, but Are Consumers Benefiting?


By CHARLES ORNSTEIN and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Generic Drug Prices Are Falling, but Are Consumers Benefiting?
Outcry has been building over the rising cost of brand-name medications, but the price of generic drugs has been moving in the opposite direction. Read more article at hafana

Monday, August 7, 2017

Rapid Malaria Tests Work, but With Unexpected Drawbacks


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Rapid Malaria Tests Work, but With Unexpected Drawbacks
Tests that take only 15 minutes mean fewer people needlessly get malaria drugs, but many instead get antibiotics they don’t need, a study finds. Read more article at hafana

Researchers Track an Unlikely Culprit in Weight Gain


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Researchers Track an Unlikely Culprit in Weight Gain
Mouse studies suggest that F.S.H., a reproductive hormone, may be responsible for redistributing fat to the abdomen in menopausal women. Read more article at hafana

The Serial Killer Test: Biases Against Atheists Emerge in Study


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health The Serial Killer Test: Biases Against Atheists Emerge in Study
Most people around the world, whether religious or not, presume that serial killers are more likely to be atheists than believers in any god, a new study suggests. Read more article at hafana

Have You Had Difficulty Paying for or Obtaining Prescriptions?


By THE NEW YORK TIMES from NYT Health Have You Had Difficulty Paying for or Obtaining Prescriptions?
The New York Times would like to hear from people about their experiences paying for prescription drugs. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Take the Generic, Patients Are Told. Until They Are Not.


By CHARLES ORNSTEIN and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Take the Generic, Patients Are Told. Until They Are Not.
Consumers have grown used to being told to give up their brand-name drugs in favor of cheaper generics. Now some are finding the opposite is true. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Yellow Fever Outbreak That Threatened Brazil’s Megacities Ends


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Yellow Fever Outbreak That Threatened Brazil’s Megacities Ends
An alarming surge in cases that started in January appears to have stopped short of the country’s largest cities, health officials reported. Read more article at hafana

Friday, August 4, 2017

Caregiving Is Hard Enough. Isolation Can Make It Unbearable.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Caregiving Is Hard Enough. Isolation Can Make It Unbearable.
Many caregivers find themselves trapped at home, neglected by friends and family members who don’t understand how to help. Read more article at hafana