What is L452R? Here’s what we know about Covid-19 strain linked to several outbreaks in California
What is L452R? Here’s what we know about Covid-19 strain linked to several outbreaks in California

According to public health officials, it is too soon to know if this Covid-19 variant will spread more rapidly than others 

How did China and WHO fail to control Covid-19? Pandemic probe panel blames 'lost opportunities' in early stages
How did China and WHO fail to control Covid-19? Pandemic probe panel blames 'lost opportunities' in early stages

Public health measures could have been applied 'more forcefully' by local and national health authorities in China in January, suggest experts

Was Covid-19 a bioweapon? Shocking US govt fact sheet claims Wuhan lab started research on bat virus in 2016
Was Covid-19 a bioweapon? Shocking US govt fact sheet claims Wuhan lab started research on bat virus in 2016

Titled Fact Sheet: Activity at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the document claims the Chinese Communist Party systematically prevented a thorough investigation

Will Covid-19 reduce the life expectancy of Americans? Study projects it will be shortened by more than a year
Will Covid-19 reduce the life expectancy of Americans? Study projects it will be shortened by more than a year

Estimated reductions for the Black and Latino populations are 3 to 4 times that for Whites

Has the US run out of Covid-19 vaccines? Shocking report suggests stockpile with reserve doses no longer exists
Has the US run out of Covid-19 vaccines? Shocking report suggests stockpile with reserve doses no longer exists

Despite a previously stated strategy of holding back some vaccine doses to ensure people can get their second shot, the Trump administration started releasing its reserve doses in December 2020

Who is David Kessler? Joe Biden taps ex FDA chief to lead Covid vaccine program, will rename Operation Warp Speed
Who is David Kessler? Joe Biden taps ex FDA chief to lead Covid vaccine program, will rename Operation Warp Speed

Incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that the 'Operation Warp Speed' name will be retired, however, she did not say what the new name will be

Why injecting magic mushrooms can be fatal? Fungus grows in blood as man mainlines 'mushroom tea' into vein
Why injecting magic mushrooms can be fatal? Fungus grows in blood as man mainlines 'mushroom tea' into vein

Researchers said he boiled the mushrooms in water, filtered the liquid using a cotton swab before 'directly injecting' the solution into his veins

What is the 'Columbus strain'? New Covid-19 variant discovered in Ohio likely more infectious, says study
What is the 'Columbus strain'? New Covid-19 variant discovered in Ohio likely more infectious, says study

This variant has acquired three other gene mutations, which were not previously seen together in the novel coronavirus

Are colleges Covid-19 superspreaders? Cases went up by 56% in counties where classes were in person, says CDC
Are colleges Covid-19 superspreaders? Cases went up by 56% in counties where classes were in person, says CDC

A Stanford University analysis shows in 17 of the campuses monitored, outbreaks translated directly into peaks of infection within their home counties

Can oral sex at a young age give you mouth and throat cancer? Shocking new study issues warning
Can oral sex at a young age give you mouth and throat cancer? Shocking new study issues warning

Having more than 10 prior oral sex partners was also linked with a 4.3-times greater likelihood of having human papillomavirus-related cancer

How long do Covid-19 symptoms linger? People suffer from at least one of them even after 6 months, finds study
How long do Covid-19 symptoms linger? People suffer from at least one of them even after 6 months, finds study

Fatigue or muscle weakness is the most common symptom, with sleep difficulties and anxiety or depression also frequently reported

Gorillas at San Diego zoo test positive for Covid-19, here’s what’s known about first such case in great apes
Gorillas at San Diego zoo test positive for Covid-19, here’s what’s known about first such case in great apes

It is believed the gorillas may have been infected by a staff member who did not have symptoms of the virus

Why are Americans still unsure about Covid-19 vaccine? Rural residents among most hesitant to get shots: Poll
Why are Americans still unsure about Covid-19 vaccine? Rural residents among most hesitant to get shots: Poll

About a third or 35% of Americans living in rural areas say they probably or definitely would not get a Covid-19 shot, compared to about a quarter of suburban (27%) and urban residents (26%)

Does the US have a new fast-spreading and highly infectious Covid-19 variant? Here’s what the CDC has to say
Does the US have a new fast-spreading and highly infectious Covid-19 variant? Here’s what the CDC has to say

'This fall/winter surge has been at nearly twice the rate of rise of cases as the spring/ summer surges. This acceleration suggests there may be a US variant,' the WH task force document said

Can opioid usage lead to pancreatic cancer? Study suggests drug consumption may be a risk factor
Can opioid usage lead to pancreatic cancer? Study suggests drug consumption may be a risk factor

Opioid usage, estimated by opioid death rates, may partially explain the uptrend of pancreatic cancer rates in the US at the national as well as the state levels over time, says the research team

What are pandemic pods? 'Social bubbles’ may offer relief from loneliness but there are risks, warn scientists
What are pandemic pods? 'Social bubbles’ may offer relief from loneliness but there are risks, warn scientists

If a pod is small and contained, then you should have less likelihood of infection and a greater ability to respond quickly to reduce spread

How do allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccine in the US compare with those from flu shots? CDC has an answer
How do allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccine in the US compare with those from flu shots? CDC has an answer

The rate of such reactions for coronavirus vaccine is 11.1 cases per million doses given, while it is 1.3 per million for flu vaccines

What is brown fat? Study suggests people who have it are less likely to suffer from many health conditions
What is brown fat? Study suggests people who have it are less likely to suffer from many health conditions

The analysis, for example, shows that 4.6% had type 2 diabetes, compared with 9.5% of people who did not have detectable brown fat

What is a Covid-19 vaccine passport? Here's how these health passes will help facilitate international travel
What is a Covid-19 vaccine passport? Here's how these health passes will help facilitate international travel

They are currently in development, and have, so far, taken the form of mobile apps

Are there diseases deadlier than Covid-19? Here are 10 that may cause the next pandemic, warn experts
Are there diseases deadlier than Covid-19? Here are 10 that may cause the next pandemic, warn experts

Scientists warn that even after the current pandemic is under control, the potential for others is ‘very real’

Urinary tract infection: All you need to know about risk factors, symptoms of a UTI and when to seek medical help
Urinary tract infection: All you need to know about risk factors, symptoms of a UTI and when to seek medical help

Your age, habits or health conditions can make a UTI occurrence more likely, and women are at higher risk than men

What is ephebophilia? Allegations against Carson King shed light on condition that often flies under the radar
What is ephebophilia? Allegations against Carson King shed light on condition that often flies under the radar

A 2008 analysis had found significant differences between pedophile and ephebophile offenders regarding their personal history and offending behaviors

How dangerous is the UK Covid-19 strain? Here’s a full list of US states where it has been found so far
How dangerous is the UK Covid-19 strain? Here’s a full list of US states where it has been found so far

New York has become the fourth state to identify the highly-contagious UK Covid-19 strain and this variant was found in a man in his 60s with no travel history

Who is Dr Moncef Slaoui? Here's why Operation Warp Speed advisor wants to cut Covid-19 vaccines doses in half
Who is Dr Moncef Slaoui? Here's why Operation Warp Speed advisor wants to cut Covid-19 vaccines doses in half

On May 15, he was named chief advisor of Operation Warp Speed, which is designed to accelerate the development, manufacturing and distribution of coronavirus vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics

What is Super Covid? Colorado man with no travel history is US's first case of UK's highly contagious strain
What is Super Covid? Colorado man with no travel history is US's first case of UK's highly contagious strain

The B.1.1.7 variant of the Covid-19 virus was first detected in the United Kingdom and is believed to be 70 percent more contagious than the SARS-CoV-2 variant

Can cheese and wine help reduce cognitive decline? Study suggests it may be possible
Can cheese and wine help reduce cognitive decline? Study suggests it may be possible

Cognitive impairment is when a person has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating or making decisions that affect their everyday life

How many Americans have got Covid-19 vaccine? Just 1M instead of 20M goal for December: 'Slower than we thought'
How many Americans have got Covid-19 vaccine? Just 1M instead of 20M goal for December: 'Slower than we thought'

It is unlikely that the US will meet the original goal of having 20M people vaccinated by December 2020-end

How contagious is the second new Covid-19 strain? Here is everything we know about this variant so far
How contagious is the second new Covid-19 strain? Here is everything we know about this variant so far

British health secretary Matt Hancock says the South African strain is 'yet more transmissible and appears to have mutated further' than the variant that was discovered in the UK

Pregnant women infected with Covid-19 are not likely to pass the virus to their newborns, reveals study
Pregnant women infected with Covid-19 are not likely to pass the virus to their newborns, reveals study

Mother-to-child transfer of anti-coronavirus antibodies through the placenta was significantly lower as compared to the transfer of anti-influenza antibodies

UK's Covid-19 strain has probably reached US, says Anthony Fauci but advises against travel ban for now
UK's Covid-19 strain has probably reached US, says Anthony Fauci but advises against travel ban for now

The likelihood of testing individuals before they board a plane to the US is under active consideration

Is 2020 the deadliest year for the US? Covid-19 pandemic may cut American life expectancy by 3 years, says CDC
Is 2020 the deadliest year for the US? Covid-19 pandemic may cut American life expectancy by 3 years, says CDC

For comparison, around 659,041 people died of heart disease in the US in 2019 and around 599,601 from cancer. The third-leading cause of death, accidents, killed an estimated 173,040.

Sleep, diet or physical activity, what's most important for good mental health? Study reveals the key
Sleep, diet or physical activity, what's most important for good mental health? Study reveals the key

Researchers suggest that getting good quality sleep, rather than sleep quantity, is the strongest predictor of better mental health and well being in young adults

Not a myth! Healthy younger adults with no underlying medical conditions can develop severe Covid-19, warns CDC
Not a myth! Healthy younger adults with no underlying medical conditions can develop severe Covid-19, warns CDC

Between March-August, 22% of Americans in the 18 to 49 age group were admitted to the ICU, 10% required mechanical ventilation and three patients died

Why you should get BP checked in both arms? Reading difference linked to higher risk of heart attack, death: Study
Why you should get BP checked in both arms? Reading difference linked to higher risk of heart attack, death: Study

The CDC estimates that one person dies every 36 seconds in the US from cardiovascular disease

Deadly 'brain-eating amoeba' has spread northward in US, CDC warns rising temperatures could be a reason
Deadly 'brain-eating amoeba' has spread northward in US, CDC warns rising temperatures could be a reason

While the incidence of reported cases of the rare but fatal infection has remained stable, it has expanded northward

What are US parents’ top concerns for kids amid Covid-19? Social media overuse, poor eating, suicide, says poll
What are US parents’ top concerns for kids amid Covid-19? Social media overuse, poor eating, suicide, says poll

According to researchers, 8 of the top 10 issues most commonly rated by all parents as a 'big problem' are frequently associated with changes in lifestyle

Who will get Covid-19 vaccine next? Frontline essential workers and Americans 75 and older, says CDC panel
Who will get Covid-19 vaccine next? Frontline essential workers and Americans 75 and older, says CDC panel

First responders, those who work in the education sector, food and agriculture, manufacturing, corrections workers, US postal service, public transit and grocery store workers are in line

How dangerous is new Covid-19 strain? All you need to know about mutant variant that spreads more quickly
How dangerous is new Covid-19 strain? All you need to know about mutant variant that spreads more quickly

The latest variant of Covid-19 is known as the VUI-202012/01 is now getting tested to check if it can trigger dramatic changes

Can wildfire smoke spread infectious diseases? Study says it's possible and stresses upon need for investigation
Can wildfire smoke spread infectious diseases? Study says it's possible and stresses upon need for investigation

It contains living microbes such as bacteria and fungi, which are aerosolized from burning materials like soils, detritus, and wild woods and transported in smoke plumes

Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in US, 5.9 million doses to be shipped to states
Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in US, 5.9 million doses to be shipped to states

US officials have said that between the two vaccines, Pfizer and Moderna, there will be enough doses to immunize 20 million Americans by the end of December 2020

Oral birth control pills may protect women from ovarian and endometrial cancer even after decades, says study
Oral birth control pills may protect women from ovarian and endometrial cancer even after decades, says study

The protective effect remains significant up to 35 years after discontinuation of the pills

Drug overdose deaths in US spike amid Covid-19 pandemic as country records largest numbers ever in a year
Drug overdose deaths in US spike amid Covid-19 pandemic as country records largest numbers ever in a year

Synthetic opioids are the main culprit, with 10 western US states reporting a 98% increase in deaths involving them

New study reveals why having a clown by your child's hospital bed can help
New study reveals why having a clown by your child's hospital bed can help

Children in the presence of hospital clowns reported significantly less anxiety during medical procedures and improved psychological well-being

Emergency room visits for child abuse in US may be down but injury severity has not decreased, finds CDC
Emergency room visits for child abuse in US may be down but injury severity has not decreased, finds CDC

Implementation of strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect, including strengthening household economic supports and creating family-friendly work policies, is important, particularly during public health emergencies, suggest experts

Waterborne illnesses sicken more than 7 million Americans and kill over 6,600 every year, warns CDC
Waterborne illnesses sicken more than 7 million Americans and kill over 6,600 every year, warns CDC

The estimates are based on not just water that people in the US drink, but also the water in swimming pools, waterparks, water playgrounds and hot tubs

Alaska healthcare worker suffers serious allergic reaction to Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, first such case in US
Alaska healthcare worker suffers serious allergic reaction to Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine, first such case in US

The worker, who is middle-aged and had no previous history of allergies, is now in a stable condition

High levels of cadmium in cigarette and veggies linked to higher death rates in people with flu: Study
High levels of cadmium in cigarette and veggies linked to higher death rates in people with flu: Study

Long-term exposure to cadmium, even at low levels, may undermine the body’s defense system in the lungs, explain scientists

When will the Moderna coronavirus vaccine be available? FDA set to give nod
When will the Moderna coronavirus vaccine be available? FDA set to give nod

Preliminary evidence also suggests that the vaccine candidate may prevent some asymptomatic cases

FDA approves genetically modified pigs to facilitate safer food, medical products for people with allergies
FDA approves genetically modified pigs to facilitate safer food, medical products for people with allergies

GalSafe pigs may potentially provide a source of “porcine-based materials” to produce human medical products that are free of detectable alpha-gal sugar