Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. It’s been a busy 100 days for the Biden administration on health policy. The promise Joe Biden made as president-elect to get 100 million covid vaccinations in arms was doubled, healthcare.gov reopened to those without… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: 100 Days of Health Policy
Renovia, a digital health startup that developed an app-based program for urinary incontinence, raised $17 million in funding. The company recently completed a clinical trial that it plans to share with insurance carriers as evidence of its efficacy.
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. The effort to vaccinate Americans against covid-19 took a hit this week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration jointly called for a pause in use of the vaccine… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Pause and Effect on Covid Vaccines
SAN JOSE — Last spring, only weeks into the pandemic, Christina Garcia was spending her days struggling to help her two young sons adjust to online schooling when she got such a heavy, painful period she could barely stand. After a few days, her vision… Read More »Pandemic Highlights Need for Urgent Care Clinics for Women
What are the risks and benefits of getting an annual check-up from your doctor? Physicians and patients have come to expect the annual check-up as a routine part of care. “However, considerable research has not demonstrated a substantial benefit,” so a “revolt is brewing against… Read More »Should You Get an Annual Health Check-Up?
The Biden administration Wednesday formally proposed the repeal of Trump-era regulations barring abortion referrals and making other changes intended to evict Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from the federal family planning program, Title X. The 2019 rules dramatically limited access to these family planning… Read More »Biden Moves to Overturn Trump Birth Control Rules
Pfizer and Myovant have begun a late-stage trial of their potential uterine fibroid drug relugolix, as part of a contraceptive combination tablet. The FDA is already reviewing data from two phase 3 trials of relugolix as a treatment for fibroids, with a decision due on… Read More »Pfizer/Myovant take relugolix contraceptive combination pill into phase 3
In early 2013, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Orange County, California, joined with St. Joseph Health, a local Catholic hospital chain, amid enthusiastic promises that their affiliation would broaden access to care and improve the health of residents across the community. This story also ran… Read More »Orange County Hospital Seeks Divorce From Large Catholic Health System
Mobidiag offers multiplex testing, which is the ability to test for multiple pathogens from a single test sample. Hologic said the acquisition will enable the company to enter the acute care test market, which is projected to grow in a post-pandemic world.
The two companies plan to open a clinic in Phoenix this fall, and additional locations over the next five years. To start, Tia will offer virtual care services in Phoenix.
Merck agreed to pay $215 million up front to acquire Alydia Health, a startup that has commercialized a medical device that controls bleeding during childbirth. That product will join the portfolio of Merck spinout company Organon.
The sulforaphane found in five cents’ worth of broccoli sprouts has been shown to benefit autism in a way no drug ever has in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. You may remember my series of videos, which includes Prevent Cancer from Going on TOR, about… Read More »Helpful Foods to Support People with Autism
The Unique Challenges of Secondary Infertility Secondary infertility is the inability to establish a clinical pregnancy after a previous pregnancy whether or not there was a live birth. While it may not be a mainstream topic, secondary infertility affects nearly three million couples, double the number… Read More »The Unique Challenges of Secondary Infertility
KHN has put together an interactive tool of significant health policies implemented by the Trump administration using its own authority — executive orders, agency guidance or formal regulations — and is tracking Biden administration and court actions. We will update this chart as actions are… Read More »The Great Undoing: Which of Trump’s Policies Will Biden Reverse?
The key to addressing the impact of postpartum health on the careers of women lies in building a level of awareness to breed a level of comfort in a workforce.
Might lectins help explain why those who eat more beans and whole grains have less cancer? Lectins are to blame for the great “white kidney bean incident” of 2006 in Japan. One Saturday evening, a TV program introduced a new method to lose weight. The… Read More »Are Lectins in Food Good or Bad for You?
Allergic Contact Dermatitis Caused by Cosmetics; Causes and Treatments Allergic contact dermatitis to cosmetics is common but easily treated. Key to future prevention is identification of the offending allergen. The Doctor Weighs In
Why Infertility Treatments Should Be Covered by Insurance Although it’s improving, most insurance coverage for infertility treatment doesn’t match that provided for other conditions. Here’s what you need to know. The Doctor Weighs In
Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. More than a month into President Joe Biden’s term, nominees to fill some of the top posts at the Department of Health and Human Services are finally getting confirmation hearings in the Senate, starting with… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Staffing Up at HHS
This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. As President Joe Biden works to overhaul U.S. health care policy, few challenges loom larger for his health secretary than restoring access to family planning while parrying legal challenges to abortion proliferating across… Read More »‘It’s a Minefield’: Biden Health Pick Must Tread Carefully on Abortion and Family Planning
Sorting Out the Complicated Relationship Between Infertility and Depression Does infertility cause depression or does depression cause infertility? The relationship is complex but effective interventions are available. The Doctor Weighs In
Given the lead contamination found in candies containing chili imported from Mexico, 25 hot sauces were tested for heavy metals. “Lead toxicity is prevalent and a major concern of public health,” especially for babies. “One of the important sources of lead exposure for the fetus… Read More »Lead Contamination in Hot Sauces
Melanoma: What You Need to Know About Diagnosis and Treatment Melanoma is an aggressive skin cancer but it is treatable, and even curable, if caught early. Here are the essentials of diagnosis, treatment, & prevention. The Doctor Weighs In
What You Need to Know About Basal Cell Carcinoma Basal cell carcinoma is the commonest skin cancer while sebaceous carcinoma is very rare. Both require early diagnosis for the best outcomes. The Doctor Weighs In
In the nine months leading up to her due date, Kayla Kjelshus and her husband, Mikkel, meticulously planned for their daughter’s arrival. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. Their long to-do list included mapping out their family’s health insurance… Read More »Baby Blues: First-Time Parents Blindsided by ‘the Birthday Rule’ and a $207,455 NICU Bill
Opioids and Infertility – What You and Your Doctor Should Know Many women of childbearing age are affected by use & misuse of opioids. The impact on fertility & infertility treatment should be considered. The Doctor Weighs In
What are some strategies to reduce arsenic exposure from rice? Those who are exposed to the most arsenic in rice are those who are exposed to the most rice, like people who are eating plant-based, gluten-free, or dairy-free. So, at-risk populations are not just infants… Read More »How Much Arsenic in Rice Is Too Much?
It would be the last hike of the season, Jessica Newton had excitedly posted on her social media platforms. With mild weather forecast and Colorado’s breathtaking fall foliage as a backdrop, she was convinced an excursion at Beaver Ranch Park would be the quintessential way… Read More »Black Women Find Healing (But Sometimes Racism, Too) in the Outdoors
I recommend people switch away from using rice milk For kids and teens, the amount of arsenic flowing through their bodies was found to be about 15 percent higher for each quarter cup of rice consumed per day, and a similar link was found in… Read More »Arsenic in Rice Milk, Rice Krispies, and Brown Rice Syrup
When it comes to rice and rice-based products, pediatric nutrition authorities have recommended that arsenic intake should be as low as possible. “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been monitoring the arsenic content in foods” for decades, yet despite the “well-established science describing… Read More »Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal
Lorraine Rogge and her husband, Michael Rogge, travel the country in a recreational vehicle, a well-earned adventure in retirement. This spring found them parked in Artesia, New Mexico, for several months. This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished for free. In May,… Read More »Retiree Living the RV Dream Fights $12,387 Nightmare Lab Fee
Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. The demand for skilled nurses during the pandemic is through the roof! Travel nurses command a hefty salary and they… Read More »Readers and Tweeters Defend Front-Line Nurses and Blind Us With Science
The Frustrations of Family Building During the COVID-19 Pandemic Family building via assisted reproduction or gestational surrogacy is complicated and requires planning. COVID-19 has made it more difficult. The Doctor Weighs In
Even at low-level exposure, arsenic is not just a class I carcinogen, but may also impair our immune function and increase our risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. When people hear about arsenic, they think of it as an acute poison, and, indeed, a tiny… Read More »The Effects of Too Much Arsenic in the Diet
Increase in women being diagnosed with depression partly behind rise in use An increase in women being diagnosed with depression is partly behind a significant rise in prescriptions of the antidepressant sertraline – sold under the brand name Zoloft – which is in the list… Read More »Zoloft enters list of 10 most commonly prescribed drugs in Australia
For Christina Nester, the pandemic lull in Massachusetts lasted about three months through summer into early fall. In late June, St. Vincent Hospital had resumed elective surgeries, and the unit the 48-year-old nurse works on switched back from taking care of only COVID-19 patients to… Read More »For Nurses Feeling the Strain of the Pandemic, Virus Resurgence Is ‘Paralyzing’
Vasectomy: Why It’s a Better Choice for Men and Women Vasectomies have benefits for both men and women. It’s easier, safer, and less costly than tubal ligation. The Doctor Weighs In
There are so many açaí products on the market now, from frozen pulp in smoothie packs to freeze-dried powder and supplements. How is it eaten traditionally? “In the Brazilian Amazon, the Indian tribes of the forest cut down the tree and eat the palm heart…then… Read More »The Antioxidant Power of Açaí vs. Apples
The night before I chopped off my hair, I got nervous. This decision felt bigger than me, given all the weight that Black women’s hair carries. But after three months of wearing hats and scarves in a pandemic when trips to the hairdresser felt unsafe,… Read More »Black Hair Matters: How Going Natural Made Me Visible
Dr. Megan Ranney has learned a lot about COVID-19 since she began treating patients with the disease in the emergency department in February. But there’s one question she still can’t answer: What makes some patients so much sicker than others? Advancing age and underlying medical… Read More »‘Breakthrough Finding’ Reveals Why Certain COVID Patients Die
In Ethiopia, health clinics for teenagers once supported by U.S. foreign aid closed down. In Kenya, a decades-long effort to integrate HIV testing and family planning unraveled. And in Nepal, intrepid government workers who once traversed the Himalayas to spread information about reproductive health were… Read More »Trump’s Anti-Abortion Zeal Shook Fragile Health Systems Around the World
Burnout: The Experience of Women In Medicine During COVID-19 Women in medicine are faced with heightened demands and lower than normal resources during the COVID pandemic. This can lead to burnout, The Doctor Weighs In
Without the ability to aggregate representative, structured data in real-time for analysis, novel situations like the COVID-19 pandemic leave organizations and professional associations struggling to develop evidence-based guidance rapidly
At the start of my video What Does a Low White Blood Cell Count Mean?, you can see what it looks like when you take a drop of blood, smear it between two pieces of glass, and view at it under a microscope: a whole… Read More »What White Blood Cell Count Should We Shoot for?
Formaldehyde: What Is It and Why Is It in My Cosmetics? Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives have substantial benefits in cosmetics. Don’t panic if you see stories claiming it’s dangerous The Doctor Weighs In
Analysing real-world health data could help overcome the bias towards men in traditional medical research, says Sensyne Health’s Dr Lucy Mackillop. Collecting and analysing anonymised patient data has the potential to generate valuable insights that can catalyse research, lead to improved patient care, and power… Read More »What can we learn from women’s health data?
Colorado voters are deciding a ballot question that seeks to limit how far into pregnancy an abortion can be legally performed. While the measure would change the law only in Colorado, it would resonate throughout the Rocky Mountain states and Midwest amid an intensifying national… Read More »Colorado Initiative Would Further Limit Access in Middle America’s ‘Abortion Desert’
What’s the latest on treating depression with the spice saffron? Years ago, I covered a head-to-head comparison of saffron versus Prozac for the treatment of depression in my video Saffron vs. Prozac, and saffron seemed to work just as well as the drug. In the… Read More »70% Taking Common Antidepressants Suffer Sexual Side Effects
CVS Health/Aetna Responds to the Maternal Health Crisis During COVID While not a solution to the maternal health crisis, good communication can help expectant patients feel safe getting care during COVID-19. The Doctor Weighs In
Emotional Abuse Made Me Feel Like I Was Crazy My boyfriend told me I was crazy and I believed him. I later learned that emotional abuse is part of the cycle of abuse. The Doctor Weighs In
Given the role that oxidant free radicals are thought to play in aging and disease, one reason fruits and vegetables may be so good for us is that they contain antioxidant compounds. As you can see at 0:20 in my video Benefits of Marjoram for… Read More »How to Treat Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) with Diet
The Trump administration’s pandemic response: decisive action that saved lives, or the greatest failure of any presidential administration? During Wednesday’s vice presidential debate, Vice President Mike Pence and the Democratic challenger, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, offered drastically different takes — from behind plexiglass screens… Read More »In Debate, Pence and Harris Offer Conflicting Views of Nation’s Reality
Oral Health & Pregnancy: What You Need to Know Pregnancy can have adverse effects on the oral cavity so moms-to-be should be extra vigilant about their oral health during that time. The Doctor Weighs In
Skincare Products: Are You Being Deceived? Ever bought skincare products that didn’t live up to the hype? Chances are you’ve been deceived by the beauty industry more than once. The Doctor Weighs In
The Republican National Convention offered Americans a picture Tuesday night of a compassionate White House in action. But not a lot was said about the biggest health crisis in a century that has killed more than 170,000 people in this country. First lady Melania Trump… Read More »Republican Convention, Day 2: Pomp, the Pandemic and Planned Parenthood
The reason egg consumption is associated with elevated cancer risk may be the TMAO, considered the “smoking gun” of microbiome-disease interactions. “We are walking communities comprised not only of a Homo sapiens host, but also of trillions of symbiotic commensal microorganisms within the gut and… Read More »What Explains the Egg-Cancer Connection
KaNDy’s lead product candidate, NT-814, is a non-hormonal treatment for symptoms of menopause. The drug completed Phase IIb testing and is slated to start Phase III testing next year.
Vitamin C is pitted head-to-head against antibiotics for bacterial vaginal infections. A study published in 1999 raised the exciting possibility that “cheap, simple, innocuous and ubiquitous vitamin C” supplements could prevent a condition known as preeclampsia, but after a decade of research, we realized that… Read More »How to Treat Bacterial Vaginosis
Shaving before applying underarm antiperspirants can increase aluminum absorption. Could this explain the greater number of tumors and the disproportionate incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast near the armpit? A famous case report called “The Mortician’s Mystery,” published in… Read More »Armpit Shaving and Breast Cancer
VivoPlex, a UK based firm specialising in fertility and women’s health, has raised £3.9m to develop an intra-uterine sensor system and generate clinical data that could be used for European approval. Oxford-based VivoPlex raised the funds in two tranches, which will be used to complete… Read More »VivoPlex raises funding to develop intra-uterine sensor
What The Health? · The Trump Administration’s War on Fauci Can’t see the audio player? Click here to listen on SoundCloud. Julie Rovner Kaiser Health News @jrovner Read Julie’s Stories Erin Mershon STAT @eemershon Read Erin’s Stories Alice Miranda Ollstein Politico @AliceOllstein Read Alice’s Stories Paige… Read More »KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: The Trump Administration’s War on Fauci
The vast majority of breast cancers start out hormone-dependent, where estradiol, the primary human estrogen, “plays a crucial role in their breast cancer development and progression.” That’s one of the reasons why soy food consumption appears so protective against breast cancer: Soy phytoestrogens, like genistein,… Read More »What Does Drinking Soy Milk Do to Hormone Levels?
Do BPA-free plastics such as Tritan, have human hormone-disrupting effects? And what about BPS and BPF? Recent human studies indicate that exposure to the plastics chemical BPA may be associated with infertility, miscarriage, premature delivery, reduced male sexual function, polycystic ovaries, altered thyroid and immune… Read More »Are the BPA-Free Plastics Like Tritan Safe?
Eating seaweed salad may boost the efficacy of vaccinations and help treat cold sores, herpes, Epstein-Barr virus, and shingles. Billions of pounds of seaweed are harvested each year, the consumption of which “has been linked to a lower incidence of chronic diseases,” both physical and… Read More »Eating Seaweed Salad May Boost Immune Function
“Sex is important to health,” according to the Harvard Health Letter. “Frequent sexual intercourse is associated with reduced heart attack risk.” But, as I discuss in my video Do Men Who Have More Sex Live Longer?, that seems to be the perfect case of reverse… Read More »Pill-Free Ways to improve Your Sex Life
In my video Ginger for Migraines, I described how ginger works as well as the leading “drug” in the treatment of migraines, “one of the most common causes of pain syndromes,” affecting as much as 12 percent of the population. Twelve percent is “common”? How… Read More »What to Take for Menstrual Cramps
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Mainstream medicine has long had a healthy skepticism of dietary supplements, extending to the present day with commentaries like “Enough is enough.” In an essay entitled “Battling quackery,” however, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, it’s argued that we may have gone too far… Read More »Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Vitamin C Supplements
Type 1 diabetes “arises following the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing pancreatic β [beta] cells…[and] is most often diagnosed in children and adolescents, usually presenting with a classic trio of symptoms” as their blood sugars spike: excessive thirst, hunger, and urination. They need to go… Read More »The Role of Meat and Dairy in Triggering Type 1 Diabetes
“Endometriosis is a major cause of disability and compromised quality of life in women and teenage girls.” It “is a chronic disease which is under-diagnosed, under-reported, and under-researched…[and for patients, it] can be a nightmare of misinformation, myths, taboos, lack of diagnosis, and problematic hit-and-miss… Read More »How to Treat Endometriosis with Diet
Five studies have been performed on breast cancer survival and soy foods involving more than 10,000 breast cancer patients, and together they found that those who eat more soy live longer and have a lower risk of the cancer coming back. What about women who… Read More »What to Eat and Avoid for Women with BRCA Gene Mutations