Remdesivir gets FDA approval as the first coronavirus drug to treat hospitalized patients in the US
Remdesivir gets FDA approval as the first coronavirus drug to treat hospitalized patients in the US

It will be given to people at least 12 years old and weighing at least 40 kg, who need hospitalization for their Covid-19 infection

Trump administration signs anti-abortion declaration with 30 other countries ahead of presidential elections
Trump administration signs anti-abortion declaration with 30 other countries ahead of presidential elections

The ‘Geneva Consensus Declaration’ says that there is no international right to abortion nor any international obligation on the part of states to finance or facilitate abortion

What's Vibrio? Cases of deadly, flesh-eating bacteria up significantly in the US due to climate change: Study
What's Vibrio? Cases of deadly, flesh-eating bacteria up significantly in the US due to climate change: Study

About a dozen Vibrio species can cause human illness, known as vibriosis, and the CDC estimates that vibriosis causes 80,000 illnesses each year in America

192 children died last flu season, the deadliest on record, as CDC says about 80% of those were not fully vaccinated
192 children died last flu season, the deadliest on record, as CDC says about 80% of those were not fully vaccinated

According to the agency, 192 children died during the 2019-20 season, surpassing the previous highest recorded number of pediatric deaths, which was 188 & happened during the 2017-18 season

Brief but frequent interactions can spread Covid-19, says CDC as it changes guidance on who is a close contact
Brief but frequent interactions can spread Covid-19, says CDC as it changes guidance on who is a close contact

Previously, close contact was defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 consecutive minutes. The CDC now defines it as someone within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours

Who was Dr João Pedro R Feitosa? Covid-19 vaccine trial continues after 28-year-old volunteer dies in Brazil
Who was Dr João Pedro R Feitosa? Covid-19 vaccine trial continues after 28-year-old volunteer dies in Brazil

Dr Feistosa was an alum of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He was reportedly treating Covid-19 patients since March in at two different hospitals in Rio de Janeiro

Is hypothyroidism in pregnant women linked to ADHD in children? Study says it increases risk by 24% 
Is hypothyroidism in pregnant women linked to ADHD in children? Study says it increases risk by 24% 

Hispanic children whose mothers had low thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy had a 45% increased risk for the neurodevelopmental disorder

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What to do after treatment? Experts advice healthy lifestyle, regular checkups
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What to do after treatment? Experts advice healthy lifestyle, regular checkups

You can ask the doctor for a survivorship care plan, which includes important information about your cancer and treatment

US has seen nearly 300K more deaths than usual amid Covid-19, CDC says Hispanics and Latinos most impacted
US has seen nearly 300K more deaths than usual amid Covid-19, CDC says Hispanics and Latinos most impacted

Blacks and Hispanics account for more than 4 out of 10 Covid-19 deaths despite representing about 3 out of 10 in the US population

Flu Season 2020: How well does the flu shot work, is it effective against all types of influenza viruses?
Flu Season 2020: How well does the flu shot work, is it effective against all types of influenza viruses?

It can reduce the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population during seasons when most circulating flu viruses are well-matched to the flu vaccine

Can swimming in cold water protect brain against dementia? New study suggests it may be possible
Can swimming in cold water protect brain against dementia? New study suggests it may be possible

Researchers found that cold-water swimmers had elevated levels of a 'cold-shock' protein that may protect against neurodegenerative conditions

Is the ‘biggest wave’ of coronavirus about to break on US? Former FDA chief Dr Scott Gottlieb issues stark warning
Is the ‘biggest wave’ of coronavirus about to break on US? Former FDA chief Dr Scott Gottlieb issues stark warning

There is no ‘backstop’ against the spread that the US is seeing, says Dr Scott Gottlieb

Air pollution linked to rise in Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders in Americans: Study
Air pollution linked to rise in Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders in Americans: Study

For every 5 micrograms per cubic meter of air increase in annual PM2.5 concentrations, there was a 13% increased risk for first-time hospital admissions both for both diseases and related dementias

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What is mastectomy and how does it work? Experts say it cannot eliminate risk
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What is mastectomy and how does it work? Experts say it cannot eliminate risk

In women at very high risk of breast cancer, the removal of both breasts lowers the risk of breast cancer by 90% or more

US will see 'darkest' period of Covid-19 pandemic in next 6 to 12 weeks, vaccine available only in 2021: Expert
US will see 'darkest' period of Covid-19 pandemic in next 6 to 12 weeks, vaccine available only in 2021: Expert

Michael Osterholm said that the US is suffering from a messaging problem created in part by the lack of a ‘lead voice’ to guide Americans through the Covid-19 crisis

Fauci warns US Covid-19 crisis isn't over, says things have to be ‘really bad' for him to favor national lockdown
Fauci warns US Covid-19 crisis isn't over, says things have to be ‘really bad' for him to favor national lockdown

CDC forecasts that a total of 229,000 to 240,000 coronavirus deaths will be reported by November 7 in the US

Covid-19 drug Remdesivir does not reduce death or hospital stay among patients, says WHO but Gilead disagrees
Covid-19 drug Remdesivir does not reduce death or hospital stay among patients, says WHO but Gilead disagrees

The drug is currently authorized for emergency use by the FDA for the treatment of hospitalized patients with coronavirus

Flu Season 2020: 4 out of 10 pregnant women didn't get vaccinated last season despite recommendations, says CDC
Flu Season 2020: 4 out of 10 pregnant women didn't get vaccinated last season despite recommendations, says CDC

Flu vaccination coverage in the US was lowest among Black pregnant women at 52.7 percent during the 2019-2020 influenza season 

Is ice hockey a super-spreader event? CDC warns against indoor sport as 14 get Covid-19 after Tampa Bay game
Is ice hockey a super-spreader event? CDC warns against indoor sport as 14 get Covid-19 after Tampa Bay game

The ice rink provides a venue that is well suited to coronavirus transmission as an indoor environment where deep breathing occurs and persons are close to one another, explains the agency

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What are different stages of the disease? A look at available treatment options
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What are different stages of the disease? A look at available treatment options

Local treatments like surgery and radiation therapy are used to treat a specific tumor or area of the body, while drug treatments are called ‘systemic’ treatments as they can affect the entire body

Covid-19 vaccines may not be recommended for children initially and there could be limited supply at first: CDC
Covid-19 vaccines may not be recommended for children initially and there could be limited supply at first: CDC

Once a vaccine is authorized or approved, 5% of the US population will be covered initially and this includes frontline health workers and first responders

 US life expectancy sees no improvement in 10 years and progress made in health has reversed, finds study
US life expectancy sees no improvement in 10 years and progress made in health has reversed, finds study

The rise in exposure to key risk factors combined with rising deaths from cardiovascular disease suggests that the world might be approaching a turning point in life expectancy gains

90% of CBD users think it's real medicine and take it for psychiatric, neurological and other conditions: Study
90% of CBD users think it's real medicine and take it for psychiatric, neurological and other conditions: Study

Psychiatric conditions (autism or depression) were the most frequently cited reason for taking cannabidiol, mentioned in 63.9% of testimonials on a social media website

Coronavirus Second Wave: US could see surge in cases after Thanksgiving, say experts as Europe faces fresh spike
Coronavirus Second Wave: US could see surge in cases after Thanksgiving, say experts as Europe faces fresh spike

This worrying development comes amid a predicted increase with the onset of cooler weather and more frequent indoor activity and about 6 weeks ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday

Trump put himself first and not America in Covid-19 response, says Nature journal as it endorses Biden for POTUS
Trump put himself first and not America in Covid-19 response, says Nature journal as it endorses Biden for POTUS

From a ‘shameful record of interference in health and science agencies’ to a ‘disastrous response’ to the Covid-19 pandemic, the editorial argues that the Trump administration's actions have had devastating consequences

Flu Season 2020: People of color in US are more likely to be hospitalized but less likely to get vaccinated
Flu Season 2020: People of color in US are more likely to be hospitalized but less likely to get vaccinated

Non-Hispanic Black people have the highest flu-related hospitalization rates compared to other racial/ethnic groups

Can loss of interest be sign of dementia risk? Study says people with severe apathy 80% more likely to get it
Can loss of interest be sign of dementia risk? Study says people with severe apathy 80% more likely to get it

Over nine years of follow-up, 14% in the low-apathy group developed dementia as compared to 25% in the severe-apathy group

After Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly pauses clinical trial of coronavirus antibody treatment over safety concerns
After Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly pauses clinical trial of coronavirus antibody treatment over safety concerns

Lilly’s experimental treatment is similar to the Regeneron treatment given to Trump after his Covid-19 diagnosis

Breast Cancer: Why do Black women have a 40% higher risk of dying? Experts weigh in
Breast Cancer: Why do Black women have a 40% higher risk of dying? Experts weigh in

Black women are twice as likely as women of other racial and ethnic groups in the US to be diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer

Did China create Covid-19 in Wuhan lab? Nearly 23% in US and UK still believe unproven conspiracy theory
Did China create Covid-19 in Wuhan lab? Nearly 23% in US and UK still believe unproven conspiracy theory

Higher susceptibility to fake news was associated with lower likelihood of people willing to get vaccinated against coronavirus

Is the flu vaccine safe? CDC says it prevented 7.5M illnesses and 6,300 deaths last season
Is the flu vaccine safe? CDC says it prevented 7.5M illnesses and 6,300 deaths last season

It takes about two weeks after vaccination for flu antibodies to develop, so the agency recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October for the best protection

Johnson & Johnson temporarily pauses Covid-19 vaccine trial after participant falls ill, review being held
Johnson & Johnson temporarily pauses Covid-19 vaccine trial after participant falls ill, review being held

The phase 3 study is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a single vaccine dose versus placebo in up to 60,000 adults 18 years old and older, including significant representation from those that are over age 60

Coronavirus pandemic may cause 400,000 excess deaths in US by end of the year, suggests study
Coronavirus pandemic may cause 400,000 excess deaths in US by end of the year, suggests study

Deaths between March and August increased 20% compared to previous years, but deaths attributed to Covid-19 only accounted for 67% of those

Can election stress harm health? Study links 2016 US presidential poll with uptick in heart attacks, stroke
Can election stress harm health? Study links 2016 US presidential poll with uptick in heart attacks, stroke

Researchers suggest that health professionals need to pay greater attention to how stress linked to political campaigns, rhetoric, and election outcomes can impact health

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What is male breast cancer, how is it caused and can it be treated?
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What is male breast cancer, how is it caused and can it be treated?

About 1 out of every 100 breast cancers diagnosed in the US are found in a man and experts say as a precaution, one needs to watch out for anything unusual about their breasts

Coronavirus can survive up to 28 days on surfaces like glass, banknotes and stainless steel, finds study
Coronavirus can survive up to 28 days on surfaces like glass, banknotes and stainless steel, finds study

While the precise role of surface transmission and the amount of virus required for infection is yet to be determined, establishing how long this virus remains viable on surfaces is critical

World Mental Health Day: Covid-19 has disrupted or stopped services in 93% countries, vulnerable most affected
World Mental Health Day: Covid-19 has disrupted or stopped services in 93% countries, vulnerable most affected

Over 60% reported disruptions to mental health services for vulnerable people, including children and adolescents (72%), older adults (70%) and women requiring antenatal or postnatal services (61%)

Covid-19 is an 'unrestricted bioweapon': Virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan accuses China of fabricating genomic sequence
Covid-19 is an 'unrestricted bioweapon': Virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan accuses China of fabricating genomic sequence

A report claims that coronavirus is a ‘laboratory product’ created by using a template virus owned by military research laboratories under the control of the Chinese Communist Party

Flu Season 2020: Coronavirus vs flu, how can you tell the difference between the two respiratory diseases?
Flu Season 2020: Coronavirus vs flu, how can you tell the difference between the two respiratory diseases?

Coronavirus can take longer than the flu before people show symptoms and people can be contagious for longer

Was Judge Amy Barrett's nomination event a ‘super-spreader’? Dr Anthony Fauci slams event, cites 'data'
Was Judge Amy Barrett's nomination event a ‘super-spreader’? Dr Anthony Fauci slams event, cites 'data'

Dr Anthony Fauci also condemned Trump's talk of Covid-19 ‘cure,’ said the word could lead to a lot of confusion

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What is a mammogram, does it work and how often do you need it?
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What is a mammogram, does it work and how often do you need it?

Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to be able to find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt

Did an aborted fetus save Trump's life? How an elective abortion in 1970s gave rise to Regeneron Covid-19 drug
Did an aborted fetus save Trump's life? How an elective abortion in 1970s gave rise to Regeneron Covid-19 drug

The antibody cocktail that the president has said cured him of coronavirus was developed using a cell line originally derived from a fetus aborted decades ago

Flu Season 2020: Is it fatal? Kids younger than 5 and people 65 and older at high risk of complications
Flu Season 2020: Is it fatal? Kids younger than 5 and people 65 and older at high risk of complications

People with chronic illnesses, such as asthma, heart disease, HIV, or diabetes, also fall in the high-risk group

Why did US's Covid-19 response fail? Govt ignored science and politicized vaccines and masks, says journal
Why did US's Covid-19 response fail? Govt ignored science and politicized vaccines and masks, says journal

In a scathing editorial, New England Journal of Medicine said the current political leaders have demonstrated that they are ‘dangerously incompetent’ 

Can air pollution cause Alzheimer's, Parkinson's? Study links nanoparticles in young brains to these diseases
Can air pollution cause Alzheimer's, Parkinson's? Study links nanoparticles in young brains to these diseases

The findings suggest that pollution-derived, metal-rich nanoparticles are associated with damage to nerve cells that regulate the central nervous system, control the heart and breathing

Rich nations could become close to normal by late 2021 if effective Covid-19 vaccine is ready: Bill Gates
Rich nations could become close to normal by late 2021 if effective Covid-19 vaccine is ready: Bill Gates

He said the US should be thinking about which voices will help reduce the hesitancy regarding a coronavirus vaccine

FDA asks Covid-19 vaccine developers for 2 months of safety data before considering emergency use authorization
FDA asks Covid-19 vaccine developers for 2 months of safety data before considering emergency use authorization

Such a requirement implies that a Covid-19 vaccine may not be authorized before the presidential election on November 3

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What are the risk factors? Some such as gender or age are beyond your control
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What are the risk factors? Some such as gender or age are beyond your control

Having a risk factor does not mean a person will get the disease and not all risk factors have the same effect

White House blocks FDA guidance that may have ensured no Covid-19 vaccine is okayed before election day: Report
White House blocks FDA guidance that may have ensured no Covid-19 vaccine is okayed before election day: Report

As reports emerged that the FDA may be considering tougher guidelines for emergency authorization of Covid-19 vaccine, Trump said his administration is looking into the matter