Need a new drug? You may be asked to ‘fail’ an old drug first

Insurers often require prior authorization for new drugs, leading to treatment delays. New laws may force plans to make exceptions and speed up the process.

By Rachel ZimmermanFebruary 6, 2023

Ask a Doctor: How old will I be when I die?

Doctor’s prognostications — such as how many months someone will live if they have a terminal illness — are rarely accurate.

By Peter B. Bach, MDFebruary 6, 2023

Should you be worried about infection from eye drops?

The CDC urged consumers to stop using EzriCare after it was linked to bacterial infections. But eye experts said people should not fear all preservative-free drops.

By Marlene CimonsFebruary 3, 2023

Fallopian tube removal advised for more women to prevent ovarian cancer

Some researchers are recommending that many women undergoing gynecologic surgery consider having their fallopian tubes removed to lower risk for ovarian cancer.

By Teddy Amenabar, Amy Goldstein and Lindsey BeverFebruary 2, 2023

A smartphone app may help detect stroke symptoms, research shows

Researchers have developed an app called FAST AI to detect the most common stroke symptoms. Experts said the app should be used as an educational, not diagnostic, tool.

By Lindsey BeverFebruary 2, 2023

What is benzene, and why does it keep causing beauty product recalls?

Consumer products companies including Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson have announced recalls of aerosol sunscreens, deodorants and dry shampoos.

By Teddy AmenabarFebruary 1, 2023

Ask a Doctor: How does marijuana affect the adolescent brain?

New research suggests cannabis use can alter development of the cerebral cortex and, in a fraction of patients, increase risk for psychosis.

By Richard A. Friedman, MDJanuary 30, 2023

What new questions will I be asked when I donate blood?

The Food and Drug Administration drafted guidelines for blood donations that do away with some long-standing disqualifications for gay and bisexual men.

By Teddy Amenabar, Fenit Nirappil and Laurie McGinleyJanuary 27, 2023

Doctors share advice on dealing with the Adderall shortage

The Post sought advice from physicians who treat children and adults who take ADHD medication. They said there’s a range of alternative treatments to Adderall.

By Teddy AmenabarJanuary 25, 2023

UV dryers for gel nails can harm DNA, study says. Should I use them?

Dermatologists answer questions about whether UV nail dryers are safe and what precautions people can take when getting gel manicures and pedicures.

By Lindsey Bever and Marlene CimonsJanuary 20, 2023

This workout is popular on TikTok — but is it healthy?

The '12, 3, 30' treadmill workout was popularized by influencer Lauren Giraldo in 2020. Experts recommend easing into it

By Allyson Chiu and Lizzy RabenJanuary 19, 2023

My patient joined a clinical trial. Was it the right decision?

Many patients who sign up for clinical trials haven't been properly informed and have unrealistic expectations for what they might get out of it.

By Mikkael Sekeres MDJanuary 17, 2023

Ask a Doctor: Are my bowel movements normal?

The frequency and color of poop can vary widely. Most of the time, they shouldn’t cause alarm.

By Trisha S. Pasricha, MD, MPHJanuary 16, 2023

For long covid fatigue, a strategy called ‘pacing’ helps, but at a cost

Taking a lesson from people with chronic fatigue, many patients with long covid are dramatically scaling back daily activities to cope

By Amanda MorrisJanuary 16, 2023

For decades, she endured brief blackouts. Then a scary one hit her.

A diagnosis uncovered the potentially deadly reason for the fainting spells and led to major surgery from which the conservation biologist continues to recover.

By Sandra G. BoodmanJanuary 14, 2023

Spoon theory: What it is and how I use it to manage chronic illness

In the chronic illness and disability world, spoons have become a shorthand for people to explain their capacity. This comic depicts what it's like.

By Fortesa LatifiJanuary 14, 2023

What is HPV-type throat cancer, and how can it be prevented?

Tennis champ Martina Navratilova's diagnosis of throat cancer is related to HPV. Here are answers to some common questions about HPV and its related cancers.

By Lindsey Bever and Marlene CimonsJanuary 11, 2023

Ask a Doctor: How do I know if my heart is healthy?

Simple blood tests, scans and lifestyle changes can keep your heart healthy and working well.

By Sandeep Jauhar, MDJanuary 9, 2023

Ask a Doctor: Who will the new Alzheimer’s drug help?

Lecanemab slowed decline at an early stage, but it probably won’t benefit those with non-Alzheimer’s dementia, or those in the later stages of Alzheimer’s.

By Sandeep Jauhar, MD, PhDJanuary 6, 2023

How CPR and finding an AED can save a life during cardiac arrest

The collapse of football player Damar Hamlin was a reminder of the benefits of knowing CPR in an emergency.

By Kelyn Soong and Tara Parker-PopeJanuary 3, 2023