Friday, May 31, 2019

Why Gulping Down a Cold Drink Feels So Rewarding


By VERONIQUE GREENWOOD from NYT Health Why Gulping Down a Cold Drink Feels So Rewarding
In a study of mice, researchers found no links between the neural systems related to reward and monitoring water intake. Read more article at hafana

‘Screen Time’ Is Over


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health ‘Screen Time’ Is Over
The phrase can’t remotely capture our ever-shifting digital experience, social scientists say. Say hello to the “screenome.” Read more article at hafana

Cannabis Companies Push F.D.A. to Ease Rules on CBD Products


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Cannabis Companies Push F.D.A. to Ease Rules on CBD Products
The F.D.A. has been wary of cannabis-derived products. But it is now under pressure to help them get to market legally. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Fighting the Gender Stereotypes That Warp Biomedical Research


By JOANNA KLEIN from NYT Health Fighting the Gender Stereotypes That Warp Biomedical Research
Female animals were once deemed too hormonal and messy for science. Some scientists warn it’s not enough to just use more female lab rats. Read more article at hafana

Measles Cases Reach Highest Level in More Than 25 Years, C.D.C. Says


By LIAM STACK from NYT Health Measles Cases Reach Highest Level in More Than 25 Years, C.D.C. Says
There have been 971 known cases of measles in the United States so far this year. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

An Experimental Ebola Cure May Also Protect Against Nipah Virus


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health An Experimental Ebola Cure May Also Protect Against Nipah Virus
African green monkeys survived infection with the Nipah virus after they received remdesivir. The virus, a pandemic threat carried by bats, has killed dozens of people in Asia. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Oklahoma Faces Off Against J & J in First Trial of an Opioid Maker


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health Oklahoma Faces Off Against J & J in First Trial of an Opioid Maker
With Purdue Pharma and Teva settling the case, the state sought to hold J & J responsible for the broader opioid crisis. The company argued that it operated responsibly and lawfully. Read more article at hafana

Half of H.I.V. Patients Are Women. Most Research Subjects Are Men.


By APOORVA MANDAVILLI from NYT Health Half of H.I.V. Patients Are Women. Most Research Subjects Are Men.
Trials of vaccines and treatments have not included enough female participants. Now that scientists are exploring possible cures, the need to enroll women is greater than ever. Read more article at hafana

Monday, May 27, 2019

Scientists Wanted: Recruited by Juul, Many Researchers Say No


By SHEILA KAPLAN from NYT Health Scientists Wanted: Recruited by Juul, Many Researchers Say No
Juul needs good science to prove to the F.D.A. that its e-cigarettes offer more benefits than risks. Some researchers say they are loath to take the company’s money. Read more article at hafana

Sunday, May 26, 2019

First Opioid Trial Takes Aim at J & J


By JAN HOFFMAN from NYT Health First Opioid Trial Takes Aim at J & J
Having settled with Purdue Pharma and Teva, Oklahoma will now try to blame Johnson & Johnson for its opioid disaster. Nearly 1,900 lawsuits remain nationwide. Read more article at hafana

Friday, May 24, 2019

Older People Are Contributing to Climate Change, and Suffering From It


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Older People Are Contributing to Climate Change, and Suffering From It
Growing numbers of seniors are using more energy. They also are most likely to suffer in extreme weather, which has become more common as the planet warms. Read more article at hafana

This New Treatment Could Save the Lives of Babies. But It Costs $2.1 Million.


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health This New Treatment Could Save the Lives of Babies. But It Costs $2.1 Million.
The price set by the Swiss drugmaker Novartis may be the world’s highest for a single treatment — prompting renewed debate about how society will pay for gene-therapy breakthroughs. Read more article at hafana

To Calm Nervous Families, Pakistan Changes Polio Vaccination Tactics


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health To Calm Nervous Families, Pakistan Changes Polio Vaccination Tactics
Paralysis cases spiked after a vaccination drive was derailed by false rumors that dozens of children had collapsed and died. Read more article at hafana

4 Women With Lives Scarred by Genital Cutting: Could a Surgeon Heal Them?


By PAM BELLUCK and MADDIE McGARVEY from NYT Health 4 Women With Lives Scarred by Genital Cutting: Could a Surgeon Heal Them?
Over 200 million women and girls alive today have been circumcised. Four of them shared with The Times their pain, emotional trauma and sexual struggles — and their journey to feel whole. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, May 23, 2019

To Fight Deadly Candida Auris, New York State Proposes New Tactics


By MATT RICHTEL from NYT Health To Fight Deadly Candida Auris, New York State Proposes New Tactics
The state health department calls on hospitals to do more to fight Candida auris, a mystery germ spreading the globe. Read more article at hafana

How 'Lunch Shaming' Is Facing Scrutiny Around the US


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health How 'Lunch Shaming' Is Facing Scrutiny Around the US
Denying children a hot meal apparently isn't a popular way for schools to deal with unpaid lunch money. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Teenage Girls and Dating Violence: Why We Should Be Paying Attention


By MAYA SALAM from NYT Health Teenage Girls and Dating Violence: Why We Should Be Paying Attention
A new study found that 90 percent of young people killed by an intimate partner from 2003 to 2016 were girls. Read more article at hafana

Monday, May 20, 2019

Measles Outbreak Now at 880 Cases, With Fastest Growth Still in New York


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Measles Outbreak Now at 880 Cases, With Fastest Growth Still in New York
Warming weather usually slows transmission of the virus, but it is not clear that this outbreak is fading, experts said. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday Could Be the Beginning of the End of Philadelphia’s Soda Tax


By ANDREW JACOBS from NYT Health Tuesday Could Be the Beginning of the End of Philadelphia’s Soda Tax
A slew of opponents of the tax are running in the city’s election Tuesday and beverage industry has spent more than $600,000 on ads aiming to turn public opinion against it. Read more article at hafana

A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A.


By DENISE GRADY from NYT Health A.I. Took a Test to Detect Lung Cancer. It Got an A.
Artificial intelligence may help doctors make more accurate readings of CT scans used to screen for lung cancer. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, May 18, 2019

In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing


By ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health In Cities Where It Once Reigned, Heroin Is Disappearing
The rise of the more potent fentanyl in its place has put a generation of older users, who had managed their addiction, at far greater risk of overdose. Read more article at hafana

Friday, May 17, 2019

Largest U.S. Measles Outbreak in 25 Years Surpasses 800 Cases


By WEIYI CAI, DENISE LU and SCOTT REINHARD from NYT Health Largest U.S. Measles Outbreak in 25 Years Surpasses 800 Cases
Mapping where every case has been reported. Read more article at hafana

Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials


By ANDREW JACOBS and MICHAEL ADNO from NYT Health Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials
In its decision to approve two drugs for orange and grapefruit trees, the E.P.A. largely ignored objections from the C.D.C. and the F.D.A., which fear that expanding their use in cash crops could fuel antibiotic resistance in humans. Read more article at hafana

A Rare Genetic Mutation Leads to Cancer. The Fix May Already Be in the Drugstore.


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health A Rare Genetic Mutation Leads to Cancer. The Fix May Already Be in the Drugstore.
A common dietary supplement may help overcome mutations in the Pten gene. Should patients take it? Read more article at hafana

Thursday, May 16, 2019

A Daunting Operation Offers Relief to Obese Teenagers


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health A Daunting Operation Offers Relief to Obese Teenagers
Gastric bypass surgery works as well in adolescents as it does in adults, researchers report. But the procedure requires a major commitment. Read more article at hafana

Less Fat, More Fruit May Cut Risk of Dying of Breast Cancer


By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS from NYT Health Less Fat, More Fruit May Cut Risk of Dying of Breast Cancer
For the first time, a large experiment suggests that trimming dietary fat and eating more fruits and vegetables may lower a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A Rival to Botox Invites Doctors to Party in Cancun, With Fireworks, Confetti and Social Media Posts


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health A Rival to Botox Invites Doctors to Party in Cancun, With Fireworks, Confetti and Social Media Posts
Plastic surgeons’ Instagram accounts of the weekend trip didn’t note the drug company’s sponsorship, which some ethicists say should be disclosed. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Women, Alcohol and Perceived ‘Sexual Availability’


By MAYA SALAM from NYT Health Women, Alcohol and Perceived ‘Sexual Availability’
A new study finds that women who drink alcohol in social settings are seen as more “sexually available” and “less human.” Read more article at hafana

Firing Up the Neural Symphony


By BENEDICT CAREY from NYT Health Firing Up the Neural Symphony
Scientists are racing to treat brain disabilities with electrical stimulation. Here’s a metaphor to help make sense of the progress. Read more article at hafana

Monday, May 13, 2019

Stem Cell Treatments Flourish With Little Evidence That They Work


By DENISE GRADY and REED ABELSON from NYT Health Stem Cell Treatments Flourish With Little Evidence That They Work
The F.D.A. has taken an industry-friendly approach toward companies using unproven cell cocktails to treat people desperate for relief from aging or damaged joints. Read more article at hafana

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Generic Drugmakers Conspired to Inflate Prices Up to 1,000%, State Prosecutors Say


By HEATHER MURPHY from NYT Health Generic Drugmakers Conspired to Inflate Prices Up to 1,000%, State Prosecutors Say
Over golf outings and at dinners, more than a dozen competitors agreed to keep prices for H.I.V., asthma and cancer drugs artificially high, 44 states allege in a new lawsuit. Read more article at hafana

Friday, May 10, 2019

Where Will Measles Break Out Next? Chicago, Los Angeles or Miami, Scientists Predict


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Where Will Measles Break Out Next? Chicago, Los Angeles or Miami, Scientists Predict
A new study ranks the risks in U.S. counties by the numbers of unvaccinated children and proximity to international airports. But no one predicted the outbreak in Brooklyn. Read more article at hafana

Many Americans Will Need Long-Term Care. Most Won’t be Able to Afford It.


By PAULA SPAN from NYT Health Many Americans Will Need Long-Term Care. Most Won’t be Able to Afford It.
A decade from now, most middle-income seniors will not be able to pay the rising costs of independent or assisted living. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Gilead Will Donate Truvada to U.S. for H.I.V. Prevention


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health Gilead Will Donate Truvada to U.S. for H.I.V. Prevention
The manufacturer will provide enough of the drug to supply 200,000 patients annually for more than a decade. Critics said it would not be enough to end the AIDS epidemic and questioned the company’s motives. Read more article at hafana

What Do New State Abortion Laws Really Mean for Women?


By PAM BELLUCK from NYT Health What Do New State Abortion Laws Really Mean for Women?
The so-called fetal "heartbeat" laws ban abortion before many women even know they're pregnant. Read more article at hafana

Many Hospitals Charge Double or Even Triple What Medicare Would Pay


By REED ABELSON from NYT Health Many Hospitals Charge Double or Even Triple What Medicare Would Pay
A study of 25 states provides a rare glimpse of the stark disparities between what private insurers and the federal government paid for inpatient and outpatient care. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A New Ebola Vaccine Strategy in Africa: Smaller Doses


By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. from NYT Health A New Ebola Vaccine Strategy in Africa: Smaller Doses
As violence makes it harder to reach stricken villages in Congo, experts plan to stretch supplies and to give the vaccine to everyone, not just contacts of victims. Read more article at hafana

Brother and Sister of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Accuse Him of Spreading Misinformation on Vaccines


By RONI CARYN RABIN from NYT Health Brother and Sister of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Accuse Him of Spreading Misinformation on Vaccines
The relatives say the family has for decades been committed to vaccines and that Mr. Kennedy’s anti-vaccine messages are putting children at risk. Read more article at hafana

Drug Prices Will Soon Appear in Many TV Ads


By GLENN THRUSH and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Drug Prices Will Soon Appear in Many TV Ads
A Trump administration change will require TV ads for prescription drugs covered by Medicare or Medicaid to include the list price if it is over $35. Read more article at hafana

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Huge Racial Disparities Found in Deaths Linked to Pregnancy


By RONI CARYN RABIN from NYT Health Huge Racial Disparities Found in Deaths Linked to Pregnancy
African-American, Native American and Alaska Native women are about three times more likely to die from causes related to pregnancy, compared to white women in the United States. Read more article at hafana

Monday, May 6, 2019

Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber?


By VERONIQUE GREENWOOD from NYT Health Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber?
A small body of evidence suggests that when it comes to decision making, indoor air may matter more than we have realized. Read more article at hafana

Friday, May 3, 2019

F.D.A. Approves the First Vaccine for Dengue Fever, but Limits Its Use


By KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health F.D.A. Approves the First Vaccine for Dengue Fever, but Limits Its Use
The agency placed restrictions on who can get the vaccine, Dengvaxia. Its use overseas has lagged amid concerns over rare safety risks. Read more article at hafana

Thursday, May 2, 2019

McKesson, Drug Distribution Giant, Settles Lawsuit Over Opioids in West Virginia


By RONI CARYN RABIN from NYT Health McKesson, Drug Distribution Giant, Settles Lawsuit Over Opioids in West Virginia
The state accused the nation’s largest drug distributor of flooding rural counties with opioids. McKesson denied the allegations in a $37 million settlement. Read more article at hafana

F.D.A. Won’t Ban Sales of Textured Breast Implants Linked to Cancer


By DENISE GRADY and RONI CARYN RABIN from NYT Health F.D.A. Won’t Ban Sales of Textured Breast Implants Linked to Cancer
Many other countries have already banned the products. But the U.S. agency said the risk was still low, despite repeated requests from women and doctors that the implants be removed from the market. Read more article at hafana

Top Executives of Insys, an Opioid Company, Found Guilty of Racketeering


By GABRIELLE EMANUEL and KATIE THOMAS from NYT Health Top Executives of Insys, an Opioid Company, Found Guilty of Racketeering
The defendants, from Insys Therapeutics, were accused of conspiring to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based painkiller. Read more article at hafana

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Does Testosterone Really Give Caster Semenya an Edge on the Track?


By GINA KOLATA from NYT Health Does Testosterone Really Give Caster Semenya an Edge on the Track?
Probably so, medical experts say. But whether that means athletes like her should be barred from competitions is a fraught question. Read more article at hafana

Trump Administration Files Formal Request to Strike Down All of Obamacare


By JAN HOFFMAN and ABBY GOODNOUGH from NYT Health Trump Administration Files Formal Request to Strike Down All of Obamacare
The court filing, which goes beyond an earlier administration position, is expected to be an issue in the presidential campaign. Read more article at hafana