Tuesday, July 31, 2018

After Doctors Cut Their Opioids, Patients Turn to a Risky Treatment for Back Pain


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health After Doctors Cut Their Opioids, Patients Turn to a Risky Treatment for Back Pain
The drive to reduce opioid use has led patients to clinics offering off-label painkiller injections. Pfizer asked the F.D.A. to ban the treatment years ago. Read more article at hafana

Monday, July 30, 2018

Vaginal Laser Treatments Can Cause Burns and Scarring, the F.D.A. Says


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Vaginal Laser Treatments Can Cause Burns and Scarring, the F.D.A. Says
The agency told seven companies that sell lasers for cosmetic gynecology and related procedures to stop marketing them for unapproved uses. Read more article at hafana

Maybe You Were Thinking About Eating Raw Centipedes. Don’t.


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Maybe You Were Thinking About Eating Raw Centipedes. Don’t.
Dried or powdered centipedes are used in Chinese traditional medicine. But uncooked specimens may contain a parasite that infects the brain, scientists report. Read more article at hafana

Friday, July 27, 2018

Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes


By JORDAN RAU and ELIZABETH LUCAS from NYT Health Medicare Slashes Star Ratings for Staffing at 1 in 11 Nursing Homes
1,387 facilities got only one out of five stars for staffing because they failed to maintain the required nursing coverage or to provide data proving they did. Read more article at hafana

Meet the Rebate, the New Villain of High Drug Prices


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Meet the Rebate, the New Villain of High Drug Prices
A growing chorus, including the Trump administration, is calling for a rethinking of after-the-fact drug discounts that some say contribute to rising prices. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Getting Real About Periods, Childbirth, Menopause and More


By MAYA SALAM from NYT Health Getting Real About Periods, Childbirth, Menopause and More
There’s a growing wave of women speaking openly and unabashedly about their health issues, amid concern about increased restrictions on reproductive rights. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

New Alzheimer’s Drug Shows Big Promise in Early Trial Results


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health New Alzheimer’s Drug Shows Big Promise in Early Trial Results
The drug may be the first to successfully attack both the brain changes and the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Further research will be needed to know if it’s truly effective. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Health Care Industry Branches Into Fresh Meals, Rides to Gym


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Health Care Industry Branches Into Fresh Meals, Rides to Gym
That hot lunch delivered to your door? Your health insurer might pick up the tab. Read more article at hafana

Possible Link Between Grain-Free Dog Food and Heart Disease, F.D.A. Says


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Possible Link Between Grain-Free Dog Food and Heart Disease, F.D.A. Says
The number of dogs on the popular diets who have developed enlarged hearts is small but concerning. Researchers are beginning to investigate causes. Read more article at hafana

Ebola Outbreak in Congo Has Ended, W.H.O. Says


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Ebola Outbreak in Congo Has Ended, W.H.O. Says
The outbreak, the first in which a new vaccine was quickly rolled out, was extinguished in less than three months, with 33 deaths. Read more article at hafana

In Maine, Thousands Were to Start Receiving Medicaid This Month. They’re Not.


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health In Maine, Thousands Were to Start Receiving Medicaid This Month. They’re Not.
Though voters approved a binding resolution last fall to expand the program, Governor LePage has refused to do it, saying he’d rather go to jail. Read more article at hafana

Monday, July 23, 2018

For the First Time, a Female Ebola Survivor Infects Others


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health For the First Time, a Female Ebola Survivor Infects Others
A Liberian woman recovered after tending to her dying brother, but infected her family a year later. Being pregnant may have reignited the virus in her. Read more article at hafana

For Scientists Racing to Cure Alzheimer’s, the Math Is Getting Ugly


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health For Scientists Racing to Cure Alzheimer’s, the Math Is Getting Ugly
To find 25,000 participants to enroll in all the approved trials, researchers would have to begin by approaching more than 37 million people with early memory loss. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, July 22, 2018

It’s Not Just the Tampon Tax: Why Periods Are Political


By KAREN ZRAICK from NYT Health It’s Not Just the Tampon Tax: Why Periods Are Political
More people than ever are discussing periods in public, including a push for “menstrual equity” and an end to tampon taxes. We explain. Read more article at hafana

Friday, July 20, 2018

Got Medicare Advantage? Prepare for New Perks — and New Questions.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Got Medicare Advantage? Prepare for New Perks — and New Questions.
Medicare Advantage plans will be allowed to cover adult day care, home modifications and other new benefits. But they may not be available to all enrollees every year. Read more article at hafana

Bayer Will Stop Selling Essure Birth Control Implants


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Bayer Will Stop Selling Essure Birth Control Implants
Thousands of women have complained that the device has caused injuries, including perforation of the uterus. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Merck to Lower Prices on Some Drugs, but Not its Blockbusters


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Merck to Lower Prices on Some Drugs, but Not its Blockbusters
The drugs singled out for discounts include the flagging hepatitis C treatment Zepatier and six drugs that have lost their patent protection. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

More Americans Are Dying of Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer


By NICHOLAS BAKALAR from NYT Health More Americans Are Dying of Cirrhosis and Liver Cancer
Death rates from both diseases have risen sharply, particularly among young adults over the last decade. A possible villain: the Great Recession. Read more article at hafana

Bowing to Trump, Novartis Joins Pfizer in Freezing Drug Prices


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Bowing to Trump, Novartis Joins Pfizer in Freezing Drug Prices
The move comes as drug companies scramble to show they are responding to criticism about their rising prices, including from President Trump. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

3D Color X-rays Could Help Spot Deadly Disease Without Surgery


By EMILY BAUMGAERTNER from NYT Health 3D Color X-rays Could Help Spot Deadly Disease Without Surgery
A new medical scanner, derived from technology used by particle physics researchers at CERN, “is like the upgrade from black-and-white film to color,” one of its developers said. Read more article at hafana

Monday, July 16, 2018

Blood Pressure Medicine Is Recalled


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Blood Pressure Medicine Is Recalled
The F.D.A. announced that batches of a widely used generic drug, valsartan, made in China, might be tainted with a probable cancer-causing ingredient. Read more article at hafana

Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Defendants on Probation Can Be Jailed for Drug Relapse, Court Rules
Many medical experts said that relapse is part of recovery and a symptom of disease, and shouldn’t be punished with jail. A court disagreed. Read more article at hafana

Cognitive Test Trump Took May Have Been Undermined by Publicity, Doctors Warn


By NIRAJ CHOKSHI from NYT Health Cognitive Test Trump Took May Have Been Undermined by Publicity, Doctors Warn
Articles about the test, known as the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or MoCA, listed some of its questions, potentially influencing future patients. Read more article at hafana

Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds
Following a 20-year campaign, trachoma has been eliminated as a public health menace in at least seven poor countries. Read more article at hafana

Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny
Many famous studies of human behavior cannot be reproduced. Even so, they revealed aspects of our inner lives that feel true. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Breast-Feeding or Formula? For Americans, It’s Complicated


By CHRISTINA CARON from NYT Health Breast-Feeding or Formula? For Americans, It’s Complicated
A brief history of the debate in the U.S., from the rise of formula to the Trump administration opposing an international resolution encouraging breast-feeding. Read more article at hafana

Friday, July 13, 2018

Drug to Treat Smallpox Approved by F.D.A., a Move Against Bioterrorism


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Drug to Treat Smallpox Approved by F.D.A., a Move Against Bioterrorism
Though the disease was eradicated decades ago, national security experts fear that stocks of the virus in labs could be released as a bioweapon. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mice Don’t Know When to Let It Go, Either


By ERICA GOODE from NYT Health Mice Don’t Know When to Let It Go, Either
Animals, like humans, are reluctant to give up on pursuits they’ve invested in, psychologists report. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Swift Gene-Editing Method May Revolutionize Treatments for Cancer and Infectious Diseases
Scientists report that they have discovered a way to tweak genes in the body’s immune cells by using electrical fields. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Dying Organs Restored to Life in Novel Experiments
An unusual transplant may revive tissues thought to be hopelessly damaged, including the heart and brain. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, July 8, 2018

U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials


By ANDREW JACOBS from NYT Health U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials
Trade sanctions. Withdrawal of military aid. The Trump administration used both to try to block a measure that was considered uncontroversial and embraced by countries around the world. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, July 7, 2018

How Staffing Fluctuates at Nursing Homes Around the United States


By JEREMY WHITE from NYT Health How Staffing Fluctuates at Nursing Homes Around the United States
The number of workers at more than 14,000 nursing homes across the nation varies drastically. Read more article at hafana

‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years


By JORDAN RAU from NYT Health ‘It’s Almost Like a Ghost Town.’ Most Nursing Homes Overstated Staffing for Years
Payroll records for more than 14,000 facilities show that the number of nurses and aides at work dips far below average some days and consistently sinks on weekends. Read more article at hafana

Friday, July 6, 2018

What Does a Drug Cost? It Depends on Where You Live.


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health What Does a Drug Cost? It Depends on Where You Live.
A new analysis finds the price of certain drugs varies widely depending on what city they are sold in. Read more article at hafana

He Called Older Employees ‘Dead Wood.’ Two Sued for Age Discrimination and Took Back Their Jobs.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health He Called Older Employees ‘Dead Wood.’ Two Sued for Age Discrimination and Took Back Their Jobs.
State employers “are still learning there’s an age law,” said one attorney, despite the fact it has been on the books for decades. Read more article at hafana

In a Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria


By EMILY BAUMGAERTNER from NYT Health In a Rare Success, Paraguay Conquers Malaria
But the infection is surging elsewhere, particularly in the Americas. Read more article at hafana

It’s Hot Out. Here Are Some Tips to Stay Cool.


By CHRISTINE HAUSER from NYT Health It’s Hot Out. Here Are Some Tips to Stay Cool.
The heat wave in the northeastern United States was easing on Thursday, but steamy temperatures are headed west, forecasters say. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Obamacare Is Proving Hard to Kill
In spite of Republican attacks, the insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act are stubbornly resilient. While consumers can expect sharp price increases in some areas, premiums are going up modestly in others. Read more article at hafana

Lots of Successful Women Are Freezing Their Eggs. But It May Not Be About Their Careers.


By HEATHER MURPHY from NYT Health Lots of Successful Women Are Freezing Their Eggs. But It May Not Be About Their Careers.
The decision to head to the fertility clinic for women in a study had more to do with an absence of suitable men and little to do with getting ahead at work. Read more article at hafana

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Online Gene Test Finds a Dangerous Mutation. It May Well Be Wrong.


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health The Online Gene Test Finds a Dangerous Mutation. It May Well Be Wrong.
Third-party analysis of raw DNA is not as rigorous as that done in a certified laboratory. But many consumers don’t understand that their results are not conclusive. Read more article at hafana

How Many Teenage Girls Deliberately Harm Themselves? Nearly 1 in 4, Survey Finds.


By EMILY BAUMGAERTNER from NYT Health How Many Teenage Girls Deliberately Harm Themselves? Nearly 1 in 4, Survey Finds.
Rates of self-injury are even higher in parts of the United States, according to government data. Boys are half as likely to harm themselves. Read more article at hafana

Why Amazon’s Push Into Prescription Drugs Isn’t a Guaranteed Success


By KATIE THOMAS and CLAIRE BALLENTINE from NYT Health Why Amazon’s Push Into Prescription Drugs Isn’t a Guaranteed Success
Amazon has transformed the way Americans buy products as different as books and diapers, but with drugs, it will need to work with powerful entrenched players. Read more article at hafana

Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental Illness.


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health Endless Gaming May Be a Bad Habit. That Doesn’t Make It a Mental Illness.
The World Health Organization has made “internet gaming” a diagnosable disorder. But many experts aren’t even sure it exists. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances


By PAM BELLUCK and JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Bulwark Against an Abortion Ban? Medical Advances
Improved contraception and abortion pills mean the back-alley days are largely gone. But more restrictive abortion laws would especially affect poor and minority women. Read more article at hafana

Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It
Summer is “trauma season,” when emergency rooms see a rise in injuries, but a drug supply crisis has doctors scrambling to find alternatives to needed medications. Read more article at hafana