Psilocybin in magic mushrooms may help reduce depression and anxiety among  cancer patients, finds study
Psilocybin in magic mushrooms may help reduce depression and anxiety among cancer patients, finds study

About 60 to 80 % of participants in the study showed significant reductions in depression or anxiety and improvements in quality of life

Wuhan coronavirus: Did Chinese officials downplay the extent of deadly outbreak in its early stages?
Wuhan coronavirus: Did Chinese officials downplay the extent of deadly outbreak in its early stages?

If reports are to be believed, the officials allegedly told doctors that they were not allowed to report about the new virus

Coronavirus: Australia lab first to grow Wuhan virus outside China, 'breakthrough' in fight against disease
Coronavirus: Australia lab first to grow Wuhan virus outside China, 'breakthrough' in fight against disease

'The discovery will become a critical part of the toolkit to show if vaccines work, as scientists will be able to test any potential vaccine against a lab-grown version of the disease'

Wuhan coronavirus outbreak: 6 out of 10 infectious diseases that affect people come from animals, claims report
Wuhan coronavirus outbreak: 6 out of 10 infectious diseases that affect people come from animals, claims report

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is zoonotic, which implies that the virus jumped from animals to humans. Scientists are currently trying to figure out the source of the infection

People who develop Parkinson's before 50 may have been born with damaged brain cells, says study
People who develop Parkinson's before 50 may have been born with damaged brain cells, says study

About 10% of Parkinson's develop the condition young, between 21 and 50 years. People develop the disease when their brain cells that make dopamine -- a substance that helps coordinate muscle movement -- malfunction or die. 

Wuhan coronavirus: Where did virus originate? Experts divided over Chinese seafood market origins
Wuhan coronavirus: Where did virus originate? Experts divided over Chinese seafood market origins

Initial evidence pointed toward the local seafood market because several of those infected in the beginning worked there. The market has been shut since January 1, 2020.  Further, China has temporarily pulled the plug on all wildlife trade

End of  Roe v Wade? June Medical Services v Gee abortion case could irreversibly weaken landmark judgment
End of Roe v Wade? June Medical Services v Gee abortion case could irreversibly weaken landmark judgment

The landmark 1973 Roe v Wade judgment gives pregnant women liberty to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction and June Medical Services v Gee poses a threat to abortion rights in the country

Wuhan coronavirus facts vs fake news: All the myths and conspiracy theories on social media busted!
Wuhan coronavirus facts vs fake news: All the myths and conspiracy theories on social media busted!

From the outbreak being a ploy to vaccinate people to being a bioweapon for population control, myths are running wild

Wuhan coronavirus: CDC warns Americans against non-essential travel to China as death toll rises
Wuhan coronavirus: CDC warns Americans against non-essential travel to China as death toll rises

According to the CDC, any person who was in China in the last 14 days and feels sick with fever, cough or has difficulty breathing, must seek immediate medical care

Wuhan coronavirus: US health experts hosted mock pandemic 3 months ago, with expected death toll of 65 million!
Wuhan coronavirus: US health experts hosted mock pandemic 3 months ago, with expected death toll of 65 million!

In October 2019, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security hosted a pandemic tabletop exercise called Event 201, which said such an outbreak could kill 65 million. However, the center has clarified that the fictional coronavirus pandemic they modeled was not a prediction

Wuhan mayor admits 'withholding' information about outbreak, scientists fear 100,000 have already been infected
Wuhan mayor admits 'withholding' information about outbreak, scientists fear 100,000 have already been infected

The delay in communication has meant more than 5 million people traveled out of the city before it was placed in quarantine

Wuhan Coronavirus:  China takes strict measures to control 'grave' situation as it fears losing public trust
Wuhan Coronavirus: China takes strict measures to control 'grave' situation as it fears losing public trust

About 45% of the people who are either suspected to be infected or placed under medical observation may turn into confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, estimates Wuhan’s Mayor Zhou Xianwang

Wuhan coronavirus: US, France, Japan to evacuate their citizens from epicenter even as China sees more cases
Wuhan coronavirus: US, France, Japan to evacuate their citizens from epicenter even as China sees more cases

The US is arranging a charter flight to carry American diplomats and its citizens from Wuhan. The flight, which has the capacity of transporting 230 people, will leave for San Francisco on January 28

Wuhan coronavirus: Infected people may not show any symptom of disease and might not know of their infection
Wuhan coronavirus: Infected people may not show any symptom of disease and might not know of their infection

A recently published study analyzed a family where six members were infected, but one didn't show any symptom

Wuhan coronavirus: Rate of infection 'accelerating' as scientists cite 'clear and ongoing' global health threat
Wuhan coronavirus: Rate of infection 'accelerating' as scientists cite 'clear and ongoing' global health threat

Each infected person can transmit the virus to another two to three, on average, shows analysis. Whether transmission will continue at the same rate currently will depend on the effectiveness of current control measures implemented, according to experts.

Wuhan coronavirus can be transmitted through the EYES, says Chinese doctor after he contracted the disease
Wuhan coronavirus can be transmitted through the EYES, says Chinese doctor after he contracted the disease

Dr Wang Guangfa, who famously helped China fight the deadly SARS virus in the early 2000s, has confirmed that he contracted the coronavirus because he wasn't wearing protective glasses while visiting patients

Wuhan coronavirus: Doctor who had been treating patients at hospital dies after contracting deadly virus
Wuhan coronavirus: Doctor who had been treating patients at hospital dies after contracting deadly virus

He was suspected of contracting the virus on January 16 at the Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine and was transferred to the Jinyintan Hospital two days later. He passed away on Saturday, January 25, morning

Wuhan coronavirus: Is China hiding the virus's real impact as videos of people collapsing on streets emerge?
Wuhan coronavirus: Is China hiding the virus's real impact as videos of people collapsing on streets emerge?

Videos have started doing the rounds on Chinese social media sites with uploaders claiming these clips were filmed in Wuhan

Wuhan coronavirus: Could it become a pandemic? Likely, if the virus is able to survive in other continents
Wuhan coronavirus: Could it become a pandemic? Likely, if the virus is able to survive in other continents

Although the new coronavirus does not appear to have had as swift a spread as SARS, it could likely head towards a pandemic. If the new coronavirus begins spreading from fresh cases in countries like the US, France, India and Australia, it will likely cause a pandemic

Wuhan coronavirus: Lessons China learnt from 2002 SARS outbreak may help contain spread of deadly new virus
Wuhan coronavirus: Lessons China learnt from 2002 SARS outbreak may help contain spread of deadly new virus

The Chinese authorities appeared to have been much more proactive with the new outbreak, including providing the WHO with information on a regular basis, say experts

Wuhan coronavirus: Deadly disease rapidly goes global posing 'high risk'
Wuhan coronavirus: Deadly disease rapidly goes global posing 'high risk'

A man from Washington became the first US citizen to contract the disease and is currently in treatment

Wuhan coronavirus: Is this outbreak worse than the SARS and MERS outbreaks?
Wuhan coronavirus: Is this outbreak worse than the SARS and MERS outbreaks?

The disease caused by coronavirus has killed 26 and sickened over 800 after being first detected in Wuhan City

Wuhan coronavirus: All you need to know about the deadly disease
Wuhan coronavirus: All you need to know about the deadly disease

Scientists across the globe are putting their heads together to make sense of the new virus, the danger it poses and the means to avert a global epidemic

Wuhan coronavirus: No vaccine or treatment yet for deadly infection, may take months to develop one
Wuhan coronavirus: No vaccine or treatment yet for deadly infection, may take months to develop one

The National Institutes of Health and other institutes are working towards developing a vaccine; those infected should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms, says CDC

Wuhan coronavirus: China was warned in 2017 that a deadly virus could escape its level 4 biohazard lab
Wuhan coronavirus: China was warned in 2017 that a deadly virus could escape its level 4 biohazard lab

After the 2003 SARS epidemic, China constructed the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory (Level 4) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2015. The aim was to prepare for and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks

Wuhan outbreak: Humans may have picked up the deadly virus from snakes in a local live animal market
Wuhan outbreak: Humans may have picked up the deadly virus from snakes in a local live animal market

Evidence suggests the virus may have formed as a result of viruses from bats and snakes combining, which can happen when two species of animals are kept in close quarters

Stress can turn your hair gray and you can blame it on body's fight-or-flight response, say scientists
Stress can turn your hair gray and you can blame it on body's fight-or-flight response, say scientists

Stress activates nerves that are part of the fight-or-flight response, which causes permanent damage to pigment-regenerating stem cells in hair follicles

Consumption of inferior low-fats and carbohydrates can impact your life span, says study
Consumption of inferior low-fats and carbohydrates can impact your life span, says study

People who consumed carbohydrates from whole grains, non-starchy vegetables, and whole fruits had lower risks of premature deaths, says the study, which was conducted on the data provided by 37,233 American adults

Pro-vaping Instagram influencer posts outnumber FDA’s anti-e-cigarette messages by 10,000 to 1
Pro-vaping Instagram influencer posts outnumber FDA’s anti-e-cigarette messages by 10,000 to 1

The analysis shows Instagram user comments disputing the FDA claims of the damaging health effects from nicotine and calling the campaign propaganda, say experts

Single use of sunscreen can see six different chemicals leach into the bloodstream, reveals FDA study
Single use of sunscreen can see six different chemicals leach into the bloodstream, reveals FDA study

The findings in these studies do not mean that the FDA has concluded that any of the ingredients tested are unsafe for use in sunscreens, say experts

Wuhan outbreak: British tourist battling for life in Thailand could be first western victim of deadly virus
Wuhan outbreak: British tourist battling for life in Thailand could be first western victim of deadly virus

The 32-year-old tourist is likely to have picked up the virus during his stay in Koh Phi Phi island

Fitbit data on heart rate and sleep duration could help predict flu outbreaks in real-time, says new study
Fitbit data on heart rate and sleep duration could help predict flu outbreaks in real-time, says new study

This information could be vital to enact timely outbreak response measures to prevent further transmission of influenza cases during outbreaks, say researchers

Marijuana compound could kill deadly superbugs like MRSA which affects 90,000 Americans every year
Marijuana compound could kill deadly superbugs like MRSA which affects 90,000 Americans every year

Tests show the cannabis compound cannabigerol can successfully kill MRSA, even eliminating those that did not respond to antibiotics, while also inhibiting its ability to form biofilms on medical implants

Vaginal rejuvenation surgeries are far more dangerous than doctors think: Study
Vaginal rejuvenation surgeries are far more dangerous than doctors think: Study

Nerves responsible for sensation and orgasm are at a huge risk of injury from such surgeries as doctors do not know the female anatomy well, say researchers. They found these nerves are located a few millimeters below the surface of the clitoral hood

Over 2 million people with heart disease have used marijuana, finds study suggesting alarming link between the two
Over 2 million people with heart disease have used marijuana, finds study suggesting alarming link between the two

According to a review, as more US states legalize marijuana for both medicinal and recreational use and usage increases nationwide, doctors should advise patients about the potential risks, including effects of marijuana with some commonly prescribed cardiovascular drugs.

Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: San Francisco, New York, and LA start screening passengers for deadly new virus
Wuhan pneumonia outbreak: San Francisco, New York, and LA start screening passengers for deadly new virus

Health experts believe it is highly plausible that there will be at least one case in the United States

Early menopause makes women prone to developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and high BP after 60: Study
Early menopause makes women prone to developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and high BP after 60: Study

About 71% of women with premature menopause had developed multiple diseases by the age of 60 compared with 55% of women who experienced menopause at the age of 50-51, says the study.

15% of Americans do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity, Southerners fare the worst: Study
15% of Americans do not engage in any leisure-time physical activity, Southerners fare the worst: Study

Inadequate levels of physical activity are associated with $117 bn in annual healthcare costs, say CDC experts

Americans have a drinking problem with adults binge drinking more than ever before, warns CDC
Americans have a drinking problem with adults binge drinking more than ever before, warns CDC

Between 2011 and 2017, the average number of drinks consumed by binge drinkers per year has gone up from 472 to 529.

Month into pregnancy loss, 29 percent of women suffered post-traumatic stress, 11 percent depression, says study
Month into pregnancy loss, 29 percent of women suffered post-traumatic stress, 11 percent depression, says study

The study that was conducted by Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research at Imperial College Lond found after nine months of a failed pregnancy, about 18% of women had post-traumatic stress, 17% moderate to severe anxiety, and 6% had moderate to severe depression

 ‘13 Reasons Why’: No evidence series led to increase in suicides among US adolescents, says study
‘13 Reasons Why’: No evidence series led to increase in suicides among US adolescents, says study

The findings contradict a 2019 study which said the series was associated with 28.9% increase in suicide rates among 10-to 17-year-olds in the US in the month (April 2017) following the show's release

Baltimore ranks first among US cities with the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases: Report
Baltimore ranks first among US cities with the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases: Report

Drug use, poverty, stigma, which can reduce access to STD prevention and care, decreased condom use among vulnerable groups, and cuts to STD programs at the state and local level, are multiple factors that drive the continued increase in STDs, say CDC experts.

Flame retardants and pesticides are affecting brain development in children and leading to low IQs: Study
Flame retardants and pesticides are affecting brain development in children and leading to low IQs: Study

Researchers caution that people need to watch out for flame retardants, found in furniture and carpeting, and children's toys, and pesticides, as their impact on IQ rose from 67% to 81% in the recent years. They are overtaking heavy metals as the biggest contributors to IQ loss.

Could tiny bacteria protect Parkinson's patients from deadly protein? Study has a gut feeling it's possible
Could tiny bacteria protect Parkinson's patients from deadly protein? Study has a gut feeling it's possible

Researchers have identified a probiotic bacteria which prevents the formation of toxic clumps that starve the brain of dopamine, a key chemical that coordinates movement.

Is mid-life crisis real? New study says it's perfectly natural and people are unhappiest around the age of 47
Is mid-life crisis real? New study says it's perfectly natural and people are unhappiest around the age of 47

In developing nations people are most miserable at the age of 48.2 years, says the analysis

High Influenza B activity recorded this season, children more susceptible to the virus than adults, says CDC
High Influenza B activity recorded this season, children more susceptible to the virus than adults, says CDC

The flu has claimed the lives of 32 children so far -- it was 16 last year. Of the 32 children, Influenza B alone killed 21 children, says CDC. About 9.7 million people have been affected by the flu already and the numbers are set to grow

Climate change effect: Warming temperatures could kill thousands of Americans each year, study finds
Climate change effect: Warming temperatures could kill thousands of Americans each year, study finds

A rise of 1.5 and 2 degree celsius, might bring about 2,100 and 1,600 additional deaths every year due to injuries -- with drowning and transport accidents becoming more common

Burnout may increase risk of irregular heartbeat, leading to heart failure: Study
Burnout may increase risk of irregular heartbeat, leading to heart failure: Study

After over 25 years, the researchers observed that participants showing the highest levels of burnout had a 20% higher risk of developing irregular heartbeat than those with little to no evidence of the condition.

Stress in expectant mothers could result in poor brain development in their unborn children
Stress in expectant mothers could result in poor brain development in their unborn children

About nine out of every 1,000 babies born in the US have a congenital heart defect, according to the American Heart Association. Now a study has found that a high percentage of pregnant women with a diagnosis of a major fetal heart problem tested positive for stress, anxiety and depression.