Wednesday, January 31, 2018

C.D.C. Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health C.D.C. Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald Resigns Over Tobacco and Other Investments
Dr. Fitzgerald left the agency in the middle of a flu epidemic following a report in Politico that Ms. Fitzgerald traded in tobacco stocks. Read more article at hafana

Monday, January 29, 2018

Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease
Few doctors, and even fewer patients, have heard of C.H.I.P. But it is emerging as a major cause of heart attacks and stroke, as deadly as high blood pressure or cholesterol. Read more article at hafana

Friday, January 26, 2018

Citing Deaths of Lab Monkeys, F.D.A. Ends an Addiction Study


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Citing Deaths of Lab Monkeys, F.D.A. Ends an Addiction Study
The agency said on Friday it was evaluating other animal studies and would retire the remaining monkeys to a sanctuary. Read more article at hafana

This Flu Season Is the Worst in Nearly a Decade


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health This Flu Season Is the Worst in Nearly a Decade
All states except Hawaii report widespread flu, federal officials said Friday. Infection and hospitalization rates are likely to equal or surpass those in 2009. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, January 25, 2018

F.D.A. Panel Rejects Philip Morris’ Claim That Tobacco Stick Is Safer Than Cigarettes


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health F.D.A. Panel Rejects Philip Morris’ Claim That Tobacco Stick Is Safer Than Cigarettes
The committee expressed doubts about the company’s health claims that the device, called IQOS, would cause less tobacco-related disease. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

New Findings Could Save Lives of More Stroke Patients


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health New Findings Could Save Lives of More Stroke Patients
Doctors have more time than they thought to prevent death and disability from stroke, by removing blood clots that block circulation to the brain, a study shows. Read more article at hafana

New Index Rates Drug Companies in Fight Against ‘Superbugs’


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health New Index Rates Drug Companies in Fight Against ‘Superbugs’
Glaxo and Johnson & Johnson top a new measure of how drugmakers do against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are becoming a global emergency. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Vaping Can Be Addictive and May Lure Teenagers to Smoking, Science Panel Concludes


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Vaping Can Be Addictive and May Lure Teenagers to Smoking, Science Panel Concludes
A report from the National Academy of Sciences said that e-cigarettes are safer than smoking, but not quite safe, and may cause teens to take up tobacco. Read more article at hafana

Monday, January 22, 2018

Killing of Mother-Daughter Team Shakes Polio Eradication Drive in Pakistan


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Killing of Mother-Daughter Team Shakes Polio Eradication Drive in Pakistan
The country had just eight cases of polio last year. The murder of a 38-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter will not derail vaccination efforts, a leader says. Read more article at hafana

Friday, January 19, 2018

Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Trump Passed a Cognitive Exam. What Does That Really Mean?
The exam, called the Moca, is widely used in doctor’s offices, but it is not sophisticated enough to diagnose mental decline, experts say. Read more article at hafana

One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll Have a Plan.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll Have a Plan.
A doctor has developed an advance directive specifically to plan for medical care in the event of dementia. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Young Women Are Using A.D.H.D. Drugs in Greater Numbers, C.D.C. Reports


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health Young Women Are Using A.D.H.D. Drugs in Greater Numbers, C.D.C. Reports
Since 2003, the percentage of women filling prescriptions for drugs like Ritalin has increased nearly fivefold in some age groups. Read more article at hafana

Questions and Answers About This Year’s Flu Season


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Questions and Answers About This Year’s Flu Season
The virus is widespread, and the vaccine is a poor match. But while some areas are hit hard, others have been spared, and deaths are not unusually common this season. Read more article at hafana

Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own


By REED ABELSON and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Fed Up With Drug Companies, Hospitals Decide to Start Their Own
A group of large hospital systems plans to create a nonprofit generic drug company to battle shortages and high prices. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Treatment Offers Hope for Imprisoned California Siblings


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Treatment Offers Hope for Imprisoned California Siblings
Cases of children isolated and abused by parents are rare but not unheard-of, say experts. Many recover. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health High-Fat Diet May Fuel Spread of Prostate Cancer
New research suggests a strong link between genes, dietary fat and prostate cancer. Read more article at hafana

‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health ‘Smart Thermometers’ Track Flu Season in Real Time
Can 500,000 thermometers transmitting 25,000 readings a day forecast the spread of flu more accurately than the C.D.C.? Read more article at hafana

The Parasite on the Playground


By LAURA BEIL from NYT Health The Parasite on the Playground
Roundworm eggs, shed by stray dogs, can be ingested by children playing outside. The worm’s larvae have been found in the brain, experts say, perhaps impairing development. Read more article at hafana

Monday, January 15, 2018

After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope
Baby Boy Royer, who underwent an operation for spina bifida as a fetus, had the biggest defect that the surgical team had attempted to repair. Read more article at hafana

Friday, January 12, 2018

To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Are Horrified.


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health To Get Medicaid in Kentucky, Many Will Have to Work. Advocates for the Poor Are Horrified.
Led by the state’s Republican governor, the plan calls for many Medicaid recipients ages 19-64 to work at least 20 hours a week, beginning in July. Read more article at hafana

Cherokee Can’t Sue Opioid Distributors in Tribal Court, Judge Rules


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Cherokee Can’t Sue Opioid Distributors in Tribal Court, Judge Rules
A federal judge halted the Cherokee Nation’s lawsuit in tribal court, but said they could pursue it elsewhere. The tribe will look to state court. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Deadly E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Leafy Greens Likely Over, C.D.C. Says


By NIRAJ CHOKSHI from NYT Health Deadly E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Leafy Greens Likely Over, C.D.C. Says
The contaminated product is likely no longer on store shelves, the public health agency says. Read more article at hafana

Health Insurer Centene Is Sued Over Lack of Medical Coverage


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Health Insurer Centene Is Sued Over Lack of Medical Coverage
A star of the Affordable Care Act is accused of offering plans that make it hard to find a doctor who accepts its insurance. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What if CHIP Funds Run Out? Here’s What 6 Families Would Do


By FAHIMA HAQUE from NYT Health What if CHIP Funds Run Out? Here’s What 6 Families Would Do
With Congress yet to agree on a long-term plan to pay for the popular children’s health insurance program, parents start thinking about contingency plans. Read more article at hafana

R.S.V.? She Hadn’t Heard of It. Then Her Child Was Hospitalized.


By CHRISTINA CARON from NYT Health R.S.V.? She Hadn’t Heard of It. Then Her Child Was Hospitalized.
More than 57,000 children under 5 are hospitalized with respiratory syncytial virus each year, on average. Many parents have no idea what it is. Read more article at hafana

Monday, January 8, 2018

Brain Surgery in 3-D: Coming Soon to the Operating Theater


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Brain Surgery in 3-D: Coming Soon to the Operating Theater
New ‘videomicroscopes’ offer astounding images, helping surgeons perform and collaborate on delicate brain and spine operations. Read more article at hafana

Already ‘Moderately Severe,’ Flu Season in U.S. Could Get Worse


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Already ‘Moderately Severe,’ Flu Season in U.S. Could Get Worse
Fears of “Killer Aussie Flu” may be exaggerated, but this year’s predominant strain is the most dangerous, and the vaccine is a poor match for it. Read more article at hafana

Friday, January 5, 2018

E. Coli Deaths Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Officials Say


By NIRAJ CHOKSHI from NYT Health E. Coli Deaths Linked to Romaine Lettuce, Officials Say
Officials in Canada blamed the leafy green, but their American counterparts are still investigating the cause of an outbreak in the United States. Read more article at hafana

You’re Over 75, and You’re Healthy. Why Are You Taking a Statin?


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health You’re Over 75, and You’re Healthy. Why Are You Taking a Statin?
It’s not clear that statins prevent first heart attacks and strokes in older patients, and the drugs do have side effects that can be harmful. Read more article at hafana

Nuclear War Would Be ‘Devastating,’ So the C.D.C. Wants to Get People Prepared


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Nuclear War Would Be ‘Devastating,’ So the C.D.C. Wants to Get People Prepared
The nation’s public health agency says a workshop was scheduled months ago, before President Trump’s recent tweets about nuclear buttons and North Korea. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

‘Fake News’: Wide Reach but Little Impact, Study Suggests


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health ‘Fake News’: Wide Reach but Little Impact, Study Suggests
Before the 2016 election, those most likely to read “fake news” online were older and conservative, a new study finds. But even they relied most often on mainstream media. Read more article at hafana

Fast, Cheap Testing for Tuberculosis? Soon It May Be Possible


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Fast, Cheap Testing for Tuberculosis? Soon It May Be Possible
Diagnosing TB, a major killer, can be cumbersome and inaccurate. But a new way to detect byproducts of the bacteria in urine may change that. Read more article at hafana