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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: New human case of bird flu raises questions — and concerns

A new human case of avian flu is the third ever H5N1 infection in the United States. Dairy cows, which are experiencing an outbreak of bird...

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Anti-doping officials have a lot to answer for ahead of the Paris Olympics

The World Anti-Doping Agency has been far too deferential to Chinese authorities. The Chinese and the Olympic flags wave during the Opening...

21.05.2024 20

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Who should — and shouldn’t — use hormone therapy for menopause?

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How one misinterpreted study tarnished hormone therapy for menopause

14.05.2024 30

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Why it’s important to close the menopause knowledge gap

Addressing health issues around menopause and perimenopause sets the stage for women’s healthy aging. (iStock) Listen 5 min ...

10.05.2024 50

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We need to talk about menopause

Shockingly few doctors know how to treat menopause and perimenopause in women. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) speaks at the U.S. Capitol on May 2...

07.05.2024 40

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Answering reader questions about bird flu

02.05.2024 30

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6 ways the Biden administration is lowering drug prices for seniors

Four of the 10 prescription drugs — Farxiga, Xarelto, Entresto and Eliquis — that will be subject to Medicare price negotiations under the...

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: At last, birth control pills can be purchased over the counter

A package of daily birth control pills. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP) Listen 4 min Share Comment on this story Comment ...

26.04.2024 10

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The U.S. is more prepared for bird flu than you might think

Cattle are seen at a dairy farm near Vado, N.M. (Rodrigo Abd/AP) Listen 4 min Share Comment on this story ...

23.04.2024 50

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Readers recall the suffering of vaccine-preventable diseases

18.04.2024 10

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Bird flu is not a concern for most Americans. But that could change.

Cows at a cattle farm in Austin on April 2. (Adam Davis/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Listen 4 min Share Comment on this...

16.04.2024 30

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: How covid-19 might have improved public health infrastructure

11.04.2024 10

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We need this polio survivor’s story now more than ever

Ina Pinkney awaits patrons in her restaurant in Chicago on Sept. 23, 2002. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images) Listen 4 min Share ...

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Cancer rates are rising among younger people. Here’s what they can do.

04.04.2024 20

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Too few people are screened for colon cancer. This new test might help.

A flag installation on the National Mall spotlights colorectal cancer cases on March 12. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Fight Colorectal Cancer) ...

02.04.2024 20

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: 10 common concerns about vaccines and how to respond to them

28.03.2024 10

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How to counter vaccine misinformation in political discourse

A campaign button for independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on a supporter outside the Supreme Court on March 18. (Jabin...

26.03.2024 20

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Nutrition isn’t just about what you eat, but also when and how

21.03.2024 10

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Chronic fatigue patients are bravely offering their illnesses to science

The National Institutes of Health headquarters in Bethesda, Md. (Francis Chung/Politico/AP) Listen 4 min Share ...

19.03.2024 10

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Why containing measles can’t be about individual choice

A woman receives a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona, N.Y., on March 27, 2019. (Seth Wenig/AP...

15.03.2024 20

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New landmark study offers hope to people with long covid

Fran Haddock, who suffers from long covid, holds her partner's hands in January at her home in Sheffield, Britain. (Rhiannon Adam for The Washington...

11.03.2024 10

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Answering your questions about a spring booster shot

A doctor draws the Moderna coronavirus booster vaccine at a pharmacy in Schwenksville, Penn., on Sept. 8, 2022. (Hannah Beier/Reuters) ...

08.03.2024 20

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Florida’s response to its measles outbreak is outrageous and dangerous

Florida Surgeon General Joseph A. Ladapo speaks at a news conference at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Wilfredo Lee/AP) ...

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: California makes a strong case for easing covid isolation guidance

Travelers at Los Angeles International Airport wait in line to get tested for the coronavirus on Dec. 20, 2021. (Jae C. Hong/AP) Listen...

01.03.2024 6

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How to protect yourself from America’s No. 1 killer

A patient prepares to have her blood pressure taken at a Virginia clinic in 2017. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post) Listen 4 min ...

27.02.2024 30

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Pharmacists can prescribe Paxlovid. Why aren’t more doing it?

A sign outside a CVS Pharmacy in Miami on Feb. 7 (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Listen 5 min Share Comment on this story ...

23.02.2024 30

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: How the CDC’s isolation guidance can still protect the most vulnerable

The offices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. (Ron Harris/AP) Listen 5 min Share Comment...

16.02.2024 10

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Getting free Paxlovid is not hard. But consumers need to be proactive.

Packaging for Paxlovid tablets. (Rachel Wisniewski for The Washington Post) Listen 4 min Share Comment on this story...

13.02.2024 30

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Don’t ‘save up’ drinks so you can binge on the weekend

A customer looks a beer cooler at a baseball game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh last year. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Listen 5 min ...

09.02.2024 10

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Young people are drinking less. But one group is undoing those gains.

Bottles of alcohol for sale at a liquor store in Salt Lake City. (Rick Bowmer/AP) Listen 4 min Share Comment on this...

06.02.2024 10

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Which is the most comfortable N95 mask? Readers respond.

N95 respirator masks provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sits at a grocery store in Jackson, Miss., on Feb. 2, 2022. (Rogelio...

02.02.2024 30

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Prices must not limit people’s access to Paxlovid

Paxlovid is a prescription-only antiviral medication used to treat covid-19. (Rachel Wisniewski for The Washington Post) Listen 6 min ...

26.01.2024 8

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The surprising ways Dry January can improve your health

Andra “AJ” Johnson, managing partner and beverage director of Serenata in D.C. prepares mocktails on Jan. 7. (Maansi Srivastava/For The Washington...

23.01.2024 9

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Why it seems everyone is getting sick this winter

Cold and flu medicine sits on a store shelf in Miami. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Listen 5 min Share Comment on this...

19.01.2024 20

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The under-prescribing of Paxlovid may be our biggest covid policy failure

Doses of the anti-viral drug Paxlovid. (Stephanie Nano/AP Photo) Listen 5 min Share Comment on this story ...

16.01.2024 20

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: The top 10 health policy issues for 2024

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05.01.2024 10

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Don’t blame lagging nursing home covid shots on vaccine hesitancy

A nurse prepares a syringe with a coronavirus vaccine at the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in D.C. on March 31. (Eric Lee for The...

29.12.2023 20

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What government can do about dismal nursing home vaccination rates

A syringe after a health-care worker was injected with the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine in Providence, R.I., on Dec. 15, 2020. (David Goldman/AP) ...

27.12.2023 10

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: 5 health stories from 2023 that give me hope

Ozempic and Mounjaro are drugs used for treating Type 2 diabetes. (George Frey/Reuters) Listen 5 min Share Comment...

22.12.2023 9

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Matthew Perry’s death offers a tragic lesson about ketamine

Matthew Perry arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Ride" in 2015. (Rich Fury/Invision/AP) Listen 5 min Share ...

19.12.2023 10

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: How to maximize health benefits from exercise

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15.12.2023 10

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These three simple lifestyle changes can add years to people’s lives

A pair of behind-the-ear hearing aids. (Shuran Huang/For The Washington Post) Listen 5 min Share Comment on this...

12.12.2023 10

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: How a South Dakota nursing home vaccinated almost all of its residents

Vaccines sit at the ready at a vaccination site in Lynwood, Calif., on Oct. 28, 2022. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo) Listen 5 min ...

08.12.2023 10

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How to boost covid vaccination rates in nursing homes? Look to the Dakotas.

A coronavirus vaccine is administered at a nursing home in Clarksdale, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP) Share Comment on this story ...

05.12.2023 20

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Why China’s rise in respiratory illnesses is not yet cause for concern

A man carries a child into a public children's hospital in Beijing on Nov. 27. (Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Listen 5 min ...

01.12.2023 20

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Should I keep masking if my husband won’t?

A passenger wears a face mask around their wrist at Dulles International Airport on Sept. 8. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) Listen...

24.11.2023 3

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: Four virus safety considerations for Thanksgiving gatherings

Turkeys roam at Bowman and Landes Turkeys, a free-range turkey farm in New Carlisle, Ohio, on Sept. 18, 2020. (Maddie McGarvey for The Washington...

17.11.2023 6

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Three big unknowns about popular weight-loss drugs

A box of Mounjaro, a tirzepatide injection drug used for treating Type 2 diabetes. (George Frey/Reuters) Share Comment on this...

14.11.2023 10

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The Checkup With Dr. Wen: What about Novavax? And updated vaccines?

A person receives a Novavax shot. (Alastair Grant/AP) Listen 6 min Share Comment on this story Comment ...

10.11.2023 7

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