Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Australia Just Had a Bad Flu Season. That May Be a Warning for the U.S.


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Australia Just Had a Bad Flu Season. That May Be a Warning for the U.S.
In 2017, a terrible flu season in Australia presaged an American outbreak in which 79,000 died. Experts advise getting the shot soon. Read more article at hafana

In the Pancreas, Common Fungi May Drive Cancer


By KNVUL SHEIKH from NYT Health In the Pancreas, Common Fungi May Drive Cancer
A new study found that certain fungi can settle in the pancreas, where they spur the growth of tumors. Read more article at hafana

Trump Administration Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Trump Administration Plans to Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes
As vaping-related illnesses spread, President Trump and top health officials met at the White House to discuss ways to keep the products away from teenagers. Read more article at hafana

F.D.A. Plans to Ban Most E-Cigarette Flavors but Menthol


By SHEILA KAPLAN and MAGGIE HABERMAN from NYT Health F.D.A. Plans to Ban Most E-Cigarette Flavors but Menthol
The tobacco and vaping industries and conservative allies intensively lobbied against a ban on popular flavored e-cigarettes. Read more article at hafana

Vast Dragnet Targets Theft of Biomedical Secrets for China


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Vast Dragnet Targets Theft of Biomedical Secrets for China
Nearly 200 investigations are underway at major academic centers. Critics fear that researchers of Chinese descent are being unfairly targeted. Read more article at hafana

Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Popular Grain-Free Dog Foods May Be Linked to Heart Disease
A small but concerning number of dogs on diets heavy in lentils, chickpeas and other legumes have developed enlarged hearts. Researchers are investigating. Read more article at hafana

Monday, December 30, 2019

Is Crispr the Next Antibiotic?


By KNVUL SHEIKH from NYT Health Is Crispr the Next Antibiotic?
In nature, the gene-editing tool Crispr protects bacteria against viruses. Now it’s being harnessed in the fight against superbugs and the flu. Read more article at hafana

Rx for Doctors: Stop With the Urine Tests


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Rx for Doctors: Stop With the Urine Tests
The tests often are positive in people without symptoms, particularly older patients. The result: overtreatment with antibiotics. Read more article at hafana

To Drive Down Insulin Prices, W.H.O. Will Certify Generic Versions


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health To Drive Down Insulin Prices, W.H.O. Will Certify Generic Versions
About 80 million people with diabetes around the world need the hormone, and half of them can’t afford it. Creating competition could help, the agency said. Read more article at hafana

F.D.A. Failed to Ensure Safe Prescribing of Opioids, Documents Show


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and MARGOT SANGER-KATZ from NYT Health F.D.A. Failed to Ensure Safe Prescribing of Opioids, Documents Show
The agency, whose oversight of opioid safety has largely eluded scrutiny, did not improve flawed programs designed to reduce addiction and overdoses. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Surgery for Blocked Arteries Is Often Unwarranted, Researchers Find


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Surgery for Blocked Arteries Is Often Unwarranted, Researchers Find
Drug therapy alone may save lives as effectively as bypass or stenting procedures, a large federal study showed. Read more article at hafana

Getting a Handle on Self-Harm


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health Getting a Handle on Self-Harm
Cutting and other forms of self-injury are on the rise among adolescents. Researchers are beginning to understand the phenomenon and how to treat it. Read more article at hafana

High Medical Bills Are at Center of Hospital Group’s Trial


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health High Medical Bills Are at Center of Hospital Group’s Trial
California has accused Sutter Health, the big hospital system, of abusing its market power to charge higher prices. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Scientists Designed a Drug for Just One Patient. Her Name Is Mila.


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Scientists Designed a Drug for Just One Patient. Her Name Is Mila.
An achievement in ultra-personalized medicine also raises questions about fairness and regulation. Read more article at hafana

Friday, December 27, 2019

Juul Ends E-Cigarette Sales of Mint-Flavored Pods


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Juul Ends E-Cigarette Sales of Mint-Flavored Pods
The troubled e-cigarette company moved in advance of an expected federal ban on most flavored e-cigarettes that have become popular with teenage vapers. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Women Should Be Warned of Breast Implant Hazards, F.D.A. Says


By RONI CARYN RABIN from NYT Health Women Should Be Warned of Breast Implant Hazards, F.D.A. Says
The agency proposed that surgeons discuss the risks with patients and that manufacturers print bold warnings on the device packaging. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Their Mothers Chose Donor Sperm. The Doctors Used Their Own.


By JACQUELINE MROZ from NYT Health Their Mothers Chose Donor Sperm. The Doctors Used Their Own.
Scores of people born through artificial insemination have learned from DNA tests that their biological fathers were the doctors who performed the procedure. Read more article at hafana

Vaping Illnesses Are Linked to Vitamin E Acetate, C.D.C. Says


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Vaping Illnesses Are Linked to Vitamin E Acetate, C.D.C. Says
Samples of lung fluid from patients with the mysterious illness led to a breakthrough in finding a possible cause. More than 2,000 people have been sickened, many from illicit marijuana-based products. Read more article at hafana

Crisis Looms in Antibiotics as Drug Makers Go Bankrupt


By ANDREW JACOBS from NYT Health Crisis Looms in Antibiotics as Drug Makers Go Bankrupt
First Big Pharma fled the field, and now start-ups are going belly up, threatening to stifle the development of new drugs. Read more article at hafana

Studies Yield ‘Impressive’ Results in Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis


By NIRAJ CHOKSHI from NYT Health Studies Yield ‘Impressive’ Results in Fight Against Cystic Fibrosis
The findings hold promise for a vast majority of those with cystic fibrosis, according to the director of the National Institutes of Health. “This should be a cause for major celebration,” he wrote. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Urinary Tract Infections Affect Millions. The Cures Are Faltering.


By MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health Urinary Tract Infections Affect Millions. The Cures Are Faltering.
As the infections become increasingly resistant to antibiotics, some standard treatments no longer work for an ailment that was once easily cured. Read more article at hafana

Monday, December 23, 2019

What We Learned in 2019: Health and Medicine


By KNVUL SHEIKH from NYT Health What We Learned in 2019: Health and Medicine
Developments in medicine and health that we’re still thinking about at year’s end. Read more article at hafana

Older People Need Rides. Why Aren’t They Using Uber and Lyft?


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Older People Need Rides. Why Aren’t They Using Uber and Lyft?
Seniors need transportation alternatives more than ever, but many are intimidated by ride-hailing apps. Read more article at hafana

The Ganges Brims With Dangerous Bacteria


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. and PORAS CHAUDHARY from NYT Health The Ganges Brims With Dangerous Bacteria
This sacred river offers clues to the spread of one of the world’s most daunting health problems: germs impervious to common medicines. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, December 21, 2019

10 Findings That Contradict Medical Wisdom. Doctors, Take Note.


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health 10 Findings That Contradict Medical Wisdom. Doctors, Take Note.
Researchers identified nearly 400 common medical practices and theories that were contradicted by rigorous studies. Here are some of the most notable findings. Read more article at hafana

Why Didn’t She Get Alzheimer’s? The Answer Could Hold a Key to Fighting the Disease


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health Why Didn’t She Get Alzheimer’s? The Answer Could Hold a Key to Fighting the Disease
Researchers have found a woman with a rare genetic mutation that has protected her from dementia even though her brain has developed major neurological features of the disease. Read more article at hafana

Friday, December 20, 2019

Alzheimer’s Tests Soon May Be Common. Should You Get One?


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Alzheimer’s Tests Soon May Be Common. Should You Get One?
Diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s disease are already here. But the results may raise as many questions as they answer. Read more article at hafana

Sutter Health to Pay $575 Million to Settle Antitrust Lawsuit


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Sutter Health to Pay $575 Million to Settle Antitrust Lawsuit
The deal resolves allegations of anti-competitive behavior by the large hospital system in Northern California. Read more article at hafana

Vaping Patients May Be Prone to Relapse, C.D.C. Warns


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health Vaping Patients May Be Prone to Relapse, C.D.C. Warns
New findings indicate the outbreak of severe lung injuries may have peaked, but cases are still surfacing. The agency is urging doctors to monitor people closely after hospitalization. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Walk-In Clinics for Opioid Addiction Offer Meds First, Fast


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Walk-In Clinics for Opioid Addiction Offer Meds First, Fast
Every time she got out of jail, Jamie Cline started hustling again for heroin, driven by an addiction she didn’t understand. Read more article at hafana

Study Estimates That Half of US Adults Will Be Obese by 2030


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Study Estimates That Half of US Adults Will Be Obese by 2030
There's no way to sugarcoat this news: Nearly half of American adults will be obese within a decade and one-quarter will be severely so, a new report predicts. Read more article at hafana

‘We Need Each Other’: Seniors Are Drawn to New Housing Arrangements


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health ‘We Need Each Other’: Seniors Are Drawn to New Housing Arrangements
Older Americans are exploring housing alternatives, including villages and home-sharing. Read more article at hafana

3 Legal Experts on What the Obamacare Ruling Really Means


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health 3 Legal Experts on What the Obamacare Ruling Really Means
With the future of the law in limbo, we asked them to explain what might happen now that an appeals court has sent the case back to a lower court. Read more article at hafana

Congress Approves Raising Age to 21 for E-Cigarette and Tobacco Sales


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Congress Approves Raising Age to 21 for E-Cigarette and Tobacco Sales
President Trump is expected to sign it into law as part of the overall spending package. Some advocates warn that more action is needed to reduce teenage vaping of e-cigarettes. Read more article at hafana

Trump Administration Weighs Allowing Drug Imports for Cheaper Prescriptions


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Trump Administration Weighs Allowing Drug Imports for Cheaper Prescriptions
The proposal was announced between two Democratic debates, seemingly timed to show that President Trump was also trying to tackle the highly populist issue of soaring drug prices. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Texas Judge Strikes Down Obama’s Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional


By ABBY GOODNOUGH and ROBERT PEAR from NYT Health Texas Judge Strikes Down Obama’s Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional
The ruling was over a lawsuit filed this year by a group of Republican governors and state attorneys general. A group of intervening states led by Democrats promised to appeal the decision. Read more article at hafana

Obamacare Insurance Mandate Is Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Obamacare Insurance Mandate Is Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court
But the judges sent the case back to determine if other parts of the federal health care law can stand without the mandate. Read more article at hafana

She Told Police a Pediatrician Abused Her. Why Was He Never Charged?


By RONI CARYN RABIN from NYT Health She Told Police a Pediatrician Abused Her. Why Was He Never Charged?
Stuart Copperman’s medical license was revoked after women on Long Island said he sexually abused them as girls. Prosecutors said victims didn’t report the abuse in time. But one did. Read more article at hafana

US Proposes New Rules to Increase Organ Transplants


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health US Proposes New Rules to Increase Organ Transplants
The U.S. government is overhauling parts of the nation's transplant system to make sure organs from the dead no longer go to waste — and to make it easier for the living to donate. Read more article at hafana

Trump Administration Takes First Step to Allow Drug Imports From Canada


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Trump Administration Takes First Step to Allow Drug Imports From Canada
The proposal is still a long way from being finalized, and many expensive drugs, like insulin, would be excluded from state plans. Read more article at hafana

Marijuana and Vaping: Shadowy Past, Dangerous Present


By MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health Marijuana and Vaping: Shadowy Past, Dangerous Present
A technology initially promoted to help cigarette smokers has transformed marijuana use, too. Now, with cases of severe lung illness rising, health investigators are warning people to stop vaping cannabis. Read more article at hafana

Employer Health Insurance Is Increasingly Unaffordable, Study Finds


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Employer Health Insurance Is Increasingly Unaffordable, Study Finds
A relentless rise in premiums and deductibles is putting insurance out of reach for many workers, especially those with low incomes. Read more article at hafana

New York Uncovers $1 Billion in Sackler Family Wire Transfers


By DANNY HAKIM from NYT Health New York Uncovers $1 Billion in Sackler Family Wire Transfers
In a court filing, the state attorney general’s office says that it has found new account transfers by members of the family that owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of opioids. Read more article at hafana

Teen Marijuana Vaping Soars, Displacing Other Habits


By MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health Teen Marijuana Vaping Soars, Displacing Other Habits
Drinking, cigarette smoking and the use of hard drugs all declined, according to a new federal survey of high school and middle school students. Read more article at hafana

Dr. John Robbins, Developer of a Meningitis Vaccine, Dies at 86


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Dr. John Robbins, Developer of a Meningitis Vaccine, Dies at 86
His method of boosting immune protection in babies helped save seven million lives. But he never profited from it. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

A New Drug Scourge: Deaths Involving Meth Are Rising Fast


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health A New Drug Scourge: Deaths Involving Meth Are Rising Fast
Today’s meth is far more potent than earlier versions, but because it isn’t an opioid, many federal addiction treatment funds can’t be used to fight it. Read more article at hafana

The Mysterious Vaping Illness That’s ‘Becoming an Epidemic’


By MATT RICHTEL and SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health The Mysterious Vaping Illness That’s ‘Becoming an Epidemic’
A surge of severe lung ailments has baffled doctors and public health experts. Read more article at hafana

Monday, December 16, 2019

Purdue Pharma’s Payments to Sacklers Soared Amid Opioid Crisis


By JAN HOFFMAN and DANNY HAKIM from NYT Health Purdue Pharma’s Payments to Sacklers Soared Amid Opioid Crisis
A new audit finds that the family directed $10.7 billion from the drugmaker to family-controlled trusts and holding companies, as legal pressure tightened around Purdue. Read more article at hafana

A Doctor’s Diary: The Overnight Shift in the E.R.


By GINA SIDDIQUI and GOLDEN COSMOS from NYT Health A Doctor’s Diary: The Overnight Shift in the E.R.
In the typical emergency room, demand far outpaces the care that workers can provide. Can the E.R. be fixed? Read more article at hafana

Friday, December 13, 2019

New Drugs Show Rare Promise Against Advanced Breast Cancer


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health New Drugs Show Rare Promise Against Advanced Breast Cancer
Doctors on Wednesday reported unusually good results from tests of two experimental drugs in women with an aggressive form of breast cancer that had spread widely and resisted many previous treatments. Read more article at hafana