Monday, April 30, 2018

C.D.C. Director’s $375,000 Salary Will Be Cut


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health C.D.C. Director’s $375,000 Salary Will Be Cut
His pay raised eyebrows because it was much higher than his predecessors. It was granted under a special provision to attract top scientists. Read more article at hafana

Wheelchairs Prohibited in the Last Place You’d Expect


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Wheelchairs Prohibited in the Last Place You’d Expect
Citing state laws, assisted living facilities often turn away residents in wheelchairs. A lawsuit in New York seeks to end the practice. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?
A life-threatening heart infection afflicts a growing number of people who inject opioids or meth. Costly surgery can fix it, but the addiction often goes unaddressed. Read more article at hafana

Friday, April 27, 2018

New C.D.C. Director’s $375,000 Salary Under Scrutiny


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health New C.D.C. Director’s $375,000 Salary Under Scrutiny
Senate Democrats and watchdog agencies question the use of a statute to authorize paying Dr. Robert R. Redfield nearly twice as much as his predecessor. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, April 26, 2018

‘Desperation Oncology’: When Patients Are Dying, Some Cancer Doctors Turn to Immunotherapy


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health ‘Desperation Oncology’: When Patients Are Dying, Some Cancer Doctors Turn to Immunotherapy
The drugs don’t work against every cancer — but on rare occasions, they work miracles. Now some doctors are offering immunotherapy to dying patients. Read more article at hafana

Kids With Rare Rapid-Aging Disease Get Hope From Study Drug


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Kids With Rare Rapid-Aging Disease Get Hope From Study Drug
Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients, a study suggests. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

A Lifesaving Pump for Cancer Patients Is Being Phased Out


By DENISE GRADY and SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health A Lifesaving Pump for Cancer Patients Is Being Phased Out
A small, implantable device made by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary has been discontinued, with no replacement in sight. Read more article at hafana

Infant Deaths Fall Sharply in Africa With Routine Antibiotics


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Infant Deaths Fall Sharply in Africa With Routine Antibiotics
Providing one dose every six months saved one in four babies, researchers reported. Now the W.H.O. will consider recommending routine use. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

F.D.A. Cracks Down on Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors


By KATE ZERNIKE and SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health F.D.A. Cracks Down on Sales of E-Cigarettes to Minors
The agency issued warning letters to retailers not to sell to teenagers and demanded that the manufacturer JUUL submit marketing and research documents. Read more article at hafana

E-Cigarettes’ Risks and Benefits: Highlights From the Report to the F.D.A.


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health E-Cigarettes’ Risks and Benefits: Highlights From the Report to the F.D.A.
Vaping may help smokers quit, and are safer than conventional cigarettes, but they’re not risk-free, a national public health panel says. Read more article at hafana

Monday, April 23, 2018

‘Whole Again’: A Vet Maimed by an I.E.D. Receives a Transplanted Penis


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health ‘Whole Again’: A Vet Maimed by an I.E.D. Receives a Transplanted Penis
A young soldier whose genitals were destroyed underwent extensive reconstructive surgery that doctors hope to offer to others who were wounded at war. Read more article at hafana

Infinitesimal Odds: A Scientist Finds Her Child’s Rare Illness Stems From the Gene She Studies


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health Infinitesimal Odds: A Scientist Finds Her Child’s Rare Illness Stems From the Gene She Studies
When it comes to studying the genetics of the brain, Soo-Kyung Lee is a star, yet she was stunned to discover the cause of her daughter’s devastating disabilities. Read more article at hafana

In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger


By ANDREW JACOBS from NYT Health In Sweeping War on Obesity, Chile Slays Tony the Tiger
New regulations, which corporate interests delayed for almost a decade, require explicit labeling and limit the marketing of sugary foods to children. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, April 22, 2018

American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter


By MATT RICHTEL and ANDREW JACOBS from NYT Health American Adults Just Keep Getting Fatter
A large scale federal survey has documented the continuing rise in severe obesity, which increases the risks for heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Read more article at hafana

Picture a Leader. Is She a Woman?


By HEATHER MURPHY from NYT Health Picture a Leader. Is She a Woman?
Most people will draw a man. Researchers investigate the consequences. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Cancer Risk From Cellphone Radiation Is Small, Studies Show


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Cancer Risk From Cellphone Radiation Is Small, Studies Show
Extensive research on rats and mice suggest that there is a minimal chance of getting cancer. But the case isn’t closed yet. Read more article at hafana

Friday, April 20, 2018

Are Hand Dryers Actually Full of Bacteria? A Viral Photo Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story


By MAGGIE ASTOR from NYT Health Are Hand Dryers Actually Full of Bacteria? A Viral Photo Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story
A photo of a petri dish covered in fungi and bacteria spread online. But studies disagree on whether hand dryers are really less hygienic than paper towels. Read more article at hafana

The Clinical Trial Is Open. The Elderly Need Not Apply.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health The Clinical Trial Is Open. The Elderly Need Not Apply.
Because older people are so often excluded from medical studies, little is known about how best to treat them. Geriatricians often must rely on guesswork. Read more article at hafana

No Excuses, People: Get the New Shingles Vaccine


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health No Excuses, People: Get the New Shingles Vaccine
Shingrix, which begins shipping this month, is far more effective than the previous shingles shot. Experts recommend it for everyone over age 50. Read more article at hafana

Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea


By CARL ZIMMER from NYT Health Bodies Remodeled for a Life at Sea
The Bajau, who spend most of their time on the ocean, are among the best divers in the world. Evolution is remaking them, a new study finds. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, April 19, 2018

As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health As Opioid Prescriptions Fall, Prescriptions for Drugs to Treat Addiction Rise
New data suggests progress in efforts to curb the epidemic but raises questions about whether tightened prescribing may be leading some people to heroin and fentanyl. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Immune Therapy Scores Big Win Against Lung Cancer in Study


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Immune Therapy Scores Big Win Against Lung Cancer in Study
For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It's the biggest win so far for immunotherapy, which has had much of its success until now in less common cancers. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health Antidepressants and Withdrawal: Readers Tell Their Stories
Nearly 9,000 readers wrote to The Times to talk about their use of antidepressants. Here’s what we learned. Read more article at hafana

Monday, April 16, 2018

Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy
Adding immunotherapy to standard chemo treatments can halve the risk of death for people with the most common type of lung cancer, a new study shows. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, April 15, 2018

When to Say When: Study Says Limit Alcohol to 1 Drink a Day


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health When to Say When: Study Says Limit Alcohol to 1 Drink a Day
Here's some sobering news: A large international study says adults should average no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and that means drinking guidelines in many countries may be far too loose. Read more article at hafana

Friday, April 13, 2018

‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak


By EMILY BAUMGAERTNER from NYT Health ‘We’re Out of Options’: Doctors Battle Drug-Resistant Typhoid Outbreak
An aggressive typhoid strain, resistant to five types of antibiotics, is expected to replace other endemic strains worldwide. It could evolve to become untreatable. Read more article at hafana

The Clinical Trial Is Open. The Elderly Need Not Apply.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health The Clinical Trial Is Open. The Elderly Need Not Apply.
Because older people are so often excluded from medical studies, little is known about how best to treat them. Geriatricians often must rely on guesswork. Read more article at hafana

E. Coli Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce Infects People in 11 States


By NIRAJ CHOKSHI from NYT Health E. Coli Linked to Chopped Romaine Lettuce Infects People in 11 States
No one has died in the outbreak, though 35 have been infected, including three people who have developed a type of kidney failure, officials say. Read more article at hafana

Monday, April 9, 2018

F.D.A. Restricts Sales of Bayer’s Essure Contraceptive Implant


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health F.D.A. Restricts Sales of Bayer’s Essure Contraceptive Implant
The agency said the device could only be sold by doctors who agree to warn women of the serious risks associated with it. Read more article at hafana

He Ate the World’s Hottest Pepper, Then Landed in the Hospital With ‘Thunderclap’ Headaches


By JAMES GORMAN from NYT Health He Ate the World’s Hottest Pepper, Then Landed in the Hospital With ‘Thunderclap’ Headaches
After eating the Carolina Reaper during a contest, an unidentified patient suffered headaches so severe he was hospitalized. The symptoms resembled those of a stroke. Read more article at hafana

Doctors Urge Elite Academy to Expel a Member Over Charges of Plagiarism


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Doctors Urge Elite Academy to Expel a Member Over Charges of Plagiarism
National Academy of Medicine was asked to tighten ethics rules following the strange case of a member accused of plagiarism and false claims of top scientific honors. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit


By BENEDICT CAREY and ROBERT GEBELOFF from NYT Health Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit
Long-term use of the medications is surging in the United States, according to an analysis by The Times. One reason: withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult to stop. Read more article at hafana

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care


By REED ABELSON and JULIE CRESWELL from NYT Health The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care
Big corporations — giant retailers and health insurance companies — are teaming up to become your doctor. Read more article at hafana

Why Trump’s Tariffs Could Raise the Cost of a Hip Replacement


By SHEILA KAPLAN and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Why Trump’s Tariffs Could Raise the Cost of a Hip Replacement
A growing percentage of medical devices and drugs used in American operating rooms are made in China, and many of them are on the White House’s list. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Drug That Stops Opioid Overdoses


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Drug That Stops Opioid Overdoses
The drug, naloxone, has been used to revive thousands of people, and Dr. Jerome M. Adams says family and friends of opioid users should learn how to use it. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Antacids, Antibiotics for Infants Linked to Later Allergies


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Antacids, Antibiotics for Infants Linked to Later Allergies
Infants who are given antacids like Zantac or Pepcid are more likely to develop childhood allergies, perhaps because these drugs may alter their gut bacteria, a new large study suggests. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Studies Link Legal Marijuana With Fewer Opioid Prescriptions


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Studies Link Legal Marijuana With Fewer Opioid Prescriptions
Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Read more article at hafana

Monday, April 2, 2018

Devices to Quit Smoking Become the Devices Teenagers Can’t Quit


By KATE ZERNIKE from NYT Health Devices to Quit Smoking Become the Devices Teenagers Can’t Quit
School and health officials struggling with a sudden influx of easily concealed e-cigarettes fear vaping is creating a new generation of nicotine addicts. Read more article at hafana