Washington Post Health Section

  • ‘Are you dead, sir?’: Video shows ER doctor mocking patient who said he couldn’t breathe
    by (Lindsey Bever) on June 18, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    An emergency room doctor was suspended from a hospital in Northern California after cursing and mocking a patient who said he was having an anxiety attack. Beth Keegstra, a contracted physician at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, was seen in a video last week arguing with 20-year-old Samuel Bardwell about whether he was ill or simply trying to get narcotic pain relievers. When the patient told her that he […]Related:Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study findsA child in Idaho was treated for plague — the first human case in the state in 26 yearsKids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations […]

  • Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study finds
    by (Lindsey Bever) on June 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Higher concentrations of vitamin D circulating in the bloodstream are linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer, according to a large international study published Thursday. The researchers said the results strengthen the evidence that the vitamin may play a protective role against the disease, which is the third-most common cancer in the United States, […]Related:A child in Idaho was treated for plague — the first human case in the state in 26 yearsKids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinationsAmerican Medical Association to keep reviewing its opposition to assisted deat […]

  • A child in Idaho was treated for plague — the first human case in the state in 26 years
    by (Lindsey Bever) on June 13, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    A boy in Idaho is recovering after contracting plague — the first human case in the state in more than two decades, health officials say. Christine Myron, a spokeswoman for the Central District Health Department, said Wednesday that the child, who has not been publicly identified, is back home in Elmore County and “doing well” after being […]Related:Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study findsKids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinationsAmerican Medical Association to keep reviewing its opposition to assisted deat […]

  • Kids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations
    by (Lindsey Bever) on June 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Public health officials have long known that the United States has pockets of vulnerability where the risk of measles and other vaccine-preventable childhood diseases is higher because parents hesitate or refuse to get their children immunized. Eighteen states allow parents to opt their children out of school immunization requirements for nonmedical reasons, with exemptions for […]Related:Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study findsA child in Idaho was treated for plague — the first human case in the state in 26 yearsAmerican Medical Association to keep reviewing its opposition to assisted deat […]

  • American Medical Association to keep reviewing its opposition to assisted death
    by (Lindsey Bever) on June 11, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    A recommendation that the American Medical Association maintain its opposition to medically assisted death was rejected Monday, with delegates at the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago instead voting for the organization to continue reviewing its guidance on the issue. Following a debate on whether the nation’s most prominent doctors’ group should revise its Code of […]Related:Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study findsA child in Idaho was treated for plague — the first human case in the state in 26 yearsKids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations […]

  • A 5-year-old girl’s sudden paralysis was a mystery. Then her mother checked her scalp.
    by (Lindsey Bever) on June 11, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    As soon as Jessica Griffin's daughter's feet hit the floor Wednesday morning, she collapsed in a heap. Five-year-old Kailyn kept trying to stand but fell every time. She was also struggling to speak, her mother said. Her daughter had been fine when the family went out to a T-ball game the night before, NBC-affiliate WLBT in […]Related:Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study findsA child in Idaho was treated for plague — the first human case in the state in 26 yearsKids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations […]

  • The American Medical Association has long opposed assisted suicide. Is that about to change?
    by (Lindsey Bever) on June 10, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    During his three decades as an emergency-room doctor, Bob Uslander had never written a prescription for a lethal dose of medication. But then he shifted to geriatric and palliative care, and in 2016, a patient suffering from the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) wanted to use California's new physician-assisted death law. Uslander was apprehensive. […]Related:‘Are you dead, sir?’: Video shows ER doctor mocking patient who said he couldn’t breatheHigher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study findsA child in Idaho was treated for plague — the first human case in the state in 26 years […]

  • Dozens sickened in new multistate salmonella outbreak, this time traced to pre-cut melons
    by (Lindsey Bever) on June 9, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    At least 60 people have been sickened and dozens have been hospitalized with salmonella after tainted pre-cut melons were distributed to stores such as Walmart, Kroger, Costco and Whole Foods in several states, federal officials said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention traced the outbreak to a Caito Foods facility in Indiana. The company […]Related:Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study findsA child in Idaho was treated for plague — the first human case in the state in 26 yearsKids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations […]

  • Controversy surrounds research on State Department employees sickened in ‘attacks’
    by (Lindsey Bever) on June 8, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    Something mysterious and disturbing has happened to State Department personnel, first in Cuba and now in China. Strange high-pitched sounds — “buzzing,” “piercing squeals,” “grinding metal,” as the Cuba staffers later told doctors — preceded an eruption of health problems, including headaches, dizziness, confusion, ear pain, hearing loss, insomnia and fatigue. Last year, then-Secretary of State […]Related:Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study findsA child in Idaho was treated for plague — the first human case in the state in 26 yearsKids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations […]

  • Flu killed 172 children this season, the highest death toll in nearly a decade
    by (Lindsey Bever) on June 8, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Flu killed 172 children between October and May, making this season one of the deadliest since federal health authorities began tracking pediatric deaths 14 years ago, according to a new government report. The figure reported Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeds the 171 child deaths reported for 2012-2013, the previous record for a regular […]Related:Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower colorectal cancer risk, study findsA child in Idaho was treated for plague — the first human case in the state in 26 yearsKids in these U.S. hot spots at higher risk because parents opt out of vaccinations […]