Flushing your toilet could make you ill: New study details precautions to take
Flushing your toilet could make you ill: New study details precautions to take

These findings, according to researchers, put the spotlight on public facilities in the US and other countries, which often lacks lids

Less than 50% of public health agencies monitor ticks in US and only 12% involve in control measures: Study
Less than 50% of public health agencies monitor ticks in US and only 12% involve in control measures: Study

Pathogen testing is needed to understand tick-borne disease risk to communities, but the study found that only a quarter of tick-management programs test ticks for disease-causing germs

Covid-19 pandemic and George Floyd's death has made Twitter the 'saddest' in 2020, finds study
Covid-19 pandemic and George Floyd's death has made Twitter the 'saddest' in 2020, finds study

The analysis showed that Twitter scored the least on the happiness meter on May 31 — coinciding with widespread protests against police brutality, which followed the killing of George Floyd

Dexamethasone: Scientists claim low-cost drug saved lives of Covid-19 patients in trial, others seek more data
Dexamethasone: Scientists claim low-cost drug saved lives of Covid-19 patients in trial, others seek more data

The drug is used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and some cancers. Some experts are yet to see data supporting the drug's survival benefits

Fresh coronavirus outbreak in Beijing linked to food market leads to lockdown, school closures and quarantine
Fresh coronavirus outbreak in Beijing linked to food market leads to lockdown, school closures and quarantine

While scanning the market for coronavirus, China said it found samples on chopping boards used for imported salmon, leading to speculations that the virus came from Europe or the US

Is there an AIDS vaccine? Trump may think it exists, but here's a look at the actual status of the vaccine
Is there an AIDS vaccine? Trump may think it exists, but here's a look at the actual status of the vaccine

Currently, people living with HIV have access to life-saving treatment with HIV medicines, called antiretroviral therapy or ART. However, a cure or vaccine for AIDS is currently not available

Asthma prevalence found three times higher in children with disabilities, US study confirms
Asthma prevalence found three times higher in children with disabilities, US study confirms

The analysis shows that about 1 in 6 children or approximately 16 percent kids with a disability or developmental delay had simultaneous asthma

FDA approves video game to treat children with ADHD in landmark move
FDA approves video game to treat children with ADHD in landmark move

The game-based device called EndeavorRx is meant for pediatric patients ages 8 to12 years and will improve attention function in ADHD cases

FDA pulls emergency use of hydroxychloroquine hyped by Trump for treating Covid-19, says it could pose risks
FDA pulls emergency use of hydroxychloroquine hyped by Trump for treating Covid-19, says it could pose risks

The agency listed 347 adverse events in Covid-19 patients taking hydroxychloroquine, and 38 in those taking chloroquine. It also found 109 cases with serious cardiac episodes, of which 25 died

Fewer Americans are having sex now and rise of digital media, internet could be blamed for it, claims study
Fewer Americans are having sex now and rise of digital media, internet could be blamed for it, claims study

There are other reasons too as adolescents and young adults are taking longer to leave their homes and become independent from their families, say experts

Human eggs make their own 'choices', prefer some men's sperm over others: Study
Human eggs make their own 'choices', prefer some men's sperm over others: Study

The most likely explanation for this is that these chemical signals allow females to choose males who are more genetically compatible

What caused the toilet paper shortage in the US? Study suggests people's personality traits drove stockpiling
What caused the toilet paper shortage in the US? Study suggests people's personality traits drove stockpiling

Fear and anxiety drove people to hoard toilet paper. Even highly organized and diligent individuals were also doing the same, says the study

Calorie labels on menus could prevent thousands of deaths, save $10 billion in US health costs, predicts study
Calorie labels on menus could prevent thousands of deaths, save $10 billion in US health costs, predicts study

Researchers found that the rule may drive Americans to make lower-calorie choices, leading to a consumption of 7% fewer calories

Oklahoma boy dies in sweltering car after grandma left him locked with no AC while she gambled for six hours
Oklahoma boy dies in sweltering car after grandma left him locked with no AC while she gambled for six hours

Alann Jean Orr left the child in the car on a day when temperatures reached 90 degrees

Lancet retracts study flagging hydroxychloroquine trial for coronavirus patients over data concerns
Lancet retracts study flagging hydroxychloroquine trial for coronavirus patients over data concerns

In their retraction, the authors say the research team entered this collaboration to contribute 'in good faith' and at a time of great need during the Covid-19 pandemic

Restricting superspreading events important to slow down spread of coronavirus: Study
Restricting superspreading events important to slow down spread of coronavirus: Study

Superspreading events are happening more than we expected, more than what could be explained by chance

Tools that help US doctors make key decisions on birth, heart surgery, kidney care are racially biased: Study
Tools that help US doctors make key decisions on birth, heart surgery, kidney care are racially biased: Study

Researchers found many 'race-adjusted algorithms' guide decisions in ways that may direct more attention or resources to white patients than to members of racial and ethnic minorities

1 in 5 people at risk of severe coronavirus infection due to underlying health conditions: Study
1 in 5 people at risk of severe coronavirus infection due to underlying health conditions: Study

Hospitalizations in the US were six times higher and deaths 12 times higher among those with reported underlying conditions

Eating healthy can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 21%, finds study
Eating healthy can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by up to 21%, finds study

One person dies every 37 seconds in the US from cardiovascular disease

Coronavirus death rate among homeless New Yorkers is 61% higher than general population: Report
Coronavirus death rate among homeless New Yorkers is 61% higher than general population: Report

As of June 1, the overall New York City mortality rate due to Covid-19 was 200 deaths per 100,000 people. For sheltered homeless New Yorkers, it was 321 deaths per 100,000 people

C-section may put mothers with Covid-19 at higher risk of developing complications: Study
C-section may put mothers with Covid-19 at higher risk of developing complications: Study

Researchers think the stress from the surgery could be behind these complications

Aspirin cuts risk of inherited bowel cancer by half and its effect can last for over 10 years, find experts
Aspirin cuts risk of inherited bowel cancer by half and its effect can last for over 10 years, find experts

The international trial involving patients with Lynch syndrome found that two aspirins daily, for an average of two-and-a-half-years, reduced the rate of bowel cancer by 50%

Face masks reduce New York coronavirus cases by over 66,000, study deems it most effective way to check spread
Face masks reduce New York coronavirus cases by over 66,000, study deems it most effective way to check spread

CDC has also issued a new set of guidelines urging organizers of large gatherings that involve 'shouting, chanting or singing' to strongly encourage the use of face coverings

A 10-minute workout on the treadmill can change over 9,000 molecules in the body, finds study
A 10-minute workout on the treadmill can change over 9,000 molecules in the body, finds study

These findings could pave the way for designing blood tests that measure fitness levels in different individuals

Surgeons perform first known US double lung transplant on Covid-19 patient who spent six weeks in ICU
Surgeons perform first known US double lung transplant on Covid-19 patient who spent six weeks in ICU

The patient, a Hispanic woman in her 20s, underwent a 10-hour surgery Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago

US nursing homes get plastic ponchos and 'useless' cloth masks from FEMA while grappling with PPE shortage
US nursing homes get plastic ponchos and 'useless' cloth masks from FEMA while grappling with PPE shortage

3,213 out of 15,000 nursing homes are reportedly running short of PPEs and have less than a week's supply of masks, gowns, gloves, eye protectors and hand sanitizers

Polio vaccine could give temporary protection against Covid-19 by boosting body's defenses, hope scientists
Polio vaccine could give temporary protection against Covid-19 by boosting body's defenses, hope scientists

Though they are optimistic that it could work and strengthen the body's defenses against the disease, other experts have their reservations

US coronavirus deaths could reach 170,000 by October with second wave expected to hit in September: Report
US coronavirus deaths could reach 170,000 by October with second wave expected to hit in September: Report

Deaths are predicted to remain fairly level through August and begin to rise again in the fourth week of August with a more pronounced increase during September, says University of Washington's Covid-19 model

Eye scanner that determines biological age can help doctors give better treatment options for patients
Eye scanner that determines biological age can help doctors give better treatment options for patients

Biological age indicates how your body has changed over time and has little to do with how long you have lived. It can help determine how your body is changing at the molecular level

Sexy Zoom parties, creative positions and face masks: NYC's Covid-19 safe sex guidelines recommend getting kinky
Sexy Zoom parties, creative positions and face masks: NYC's Covid-19 safe sex guidelines recommend getting kinky

The health department advises New Yorkers to be creative with physical barriers that allow sexual contact while preventing close face to face contact

Coronavirus cases surge in 21 US states after reopening as 12 grapple with increasing hospitalizations
Coronavirus cases surge in 21 US states after reopening as 12 grapple with increasing hospitalizations

The spike prompted Arizona, which has seen a 115% increase since its reopening, to ask its hospitals to activate the coronavirus emergency plans

Coronavirus hit California with 7 different strains early in outbreak when community spread was limited: Study
Coronavirus hit California with 7 different strains early in outbreak when community spread was limited: Study

Multiple strains arrived and spread in the state, suggesting that improving screening and contact tracing is key as businesses reopen across the US, say experts

Probiotics are expensive and do not help ease digestive conditions, say new guidelines
Probiotics are expensive and do not help ease digestive conditions, say new guidelines

More than 3.9 million American adults have used some form of probiotics to improve health, including digestive condition

Kawasaki disease-like symptoms linked to coronavirus in children is an entirely new condition, say experts
Kawasaki disease-like symptoms linked to coronavirus in children is an entirely new condition, say experts

The condition appears to affect older children than Kawasaki disease and presents more often with abdominal pains and diarrhea

USS Theodore Roosevelt: Study finds 60% of  sailors have antibodies against Covid-19, hinting at short-term immunity
USS Theodore Roosevelt: Study finds 60% of sailors have antibodies against Covid-19, hinting at short-term immunity

The report on Covid-19 outbreak on USS Theodore Roosevelt shows how Covid-19 affects the young and healthy

WHO backtracks after saying transmission from people who don’t show coronavirus symptoms is 'very rare'
WHO backtracks after saying transmission from people who don’t show coronavirus symptoms is 'very rare'

WHO clarified that Covid-19 can be spread by people without symptoms, stating that how much coronavirus transmission comes from asymptomatic people is still a big unknown

Coronavirus may have hit China in fall, long before cases were first confirmed in December 2019: Satellite data
Coronavirus may have hit China in fall, long before cases were first confirmed in December 2019: Satellite data

Researchers analyzed hospital traffic and search engine data in Wuhan, and observed substantial traffic increase at hospitals as well as a surge in internet searches for Covid-19 symptoms early in 2019

Mining sites in 18 countries hit hard by Covid-19 after they were deemed essential by governments: Report
Mining sites in 18 countries hit hard by Covid-19 after they were deemed essential by governments: Report

Experts reject the central claim that mining represents an essential service either now or for the period of economic recovery

Lockdown, stay-at-home measures may have averted 60 million coronavirus infections in US, suggests report
Lockdown, stay-at-home measures may have averted 60 million coronavirus infections in US, suggests report

Researchers estimate that restrictions in 6 countries, which includes US, China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and France, prevented a total of 530 million Covid-19 cases in these countries

Social bubbles can delay spread of Covid-19 and be effective during post-lockdown era, says study
Social bubbles can delay spread of Covid-19 and be effective during post-lockdown era, says study

Social bubbles aka pods or Quaran-teams allow people to bond in groups but reduce contact outside it

Coronavirus may spread across half of hospital surfaces in just 10 hours, new study reveals
Coronavirus may spread across half of hospital surfaces in just 10 hours, new study reveals

Researchers artificially replicated a section of DNA from a plant-infecting virus, which cannot infect humans. Virus DNA left on a hospital bed rail was found in half of all sites sampled across a ward within 10 hours

Persistent negative thoughts may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease but meditation may help, new study shows
Persistent negative thoughts may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease but meditation may help, new study shows

As per the study, repetitive negative thoughts were linked with two Alzheimer's features: a decline in mental abilities and an increase in harmful brain proteins that causes the degenerative disease

Newborn syphilis cases in US up by 261% due to serious gaps in testing and treatment: CDC report
Newborn syphilis cases in US up by 261% due to serious gaps in testing and treatment: CDC report

The most commonly missed opportunity for preventing congenital syphilis was a lack of adequate maternal treatment, likely driven by the high numbers of cases in the South, where this was most prevalent

California braces for tough wildfire season as Covid-19 pandemic causes $54-billion budget deficit
California braces for tough wildfire season as Covid-19 pandemic causes $54-billion budget deficit

Many programs designed to safeguard communities and homes to wildfire incidents have been put on hold as the state faces a $54-billion budget deficit due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis

Coronavirus: Avoid kissing, wear mask and go for virtual sex if abstinence is not working out, say researchers
Coronavirus: Avoid kissing, wear mask and go for virtual sex if abstinence is not working out, say researchers

Experts says abstinence is the best option but it may not be feasible for many

George Floyd protests: Tear gas, smoke, other irritants can worsen coronavirus spread, say experts 
George Floyd protests: Tear gas, smoke, other irritants can worsen coronavirus spread, say experts 

Chemical agents in tear gas can irritate nose, mouth and lungs, causing inflammation that could weaken the body’s ability to resist Covid-19

Critically-sick Covid-19 patients have blood 95% thicker than normal increasing chances of blood clots: Study
Critically-sick Covid-19 patients have blood 95% thicker than normal increasing chances of blood clots: Study

Blood clotting could also explain why some people have low levels of oxygen in the blood and why mechanical ventilators do not help them

WHO advises fabric face masks for general public, but warns not to neglect hand hygiene and social distancing
WHO advises fabric face masks for general public, but warns not to neglect hand hygiene and social distancing

WHO recommends masking up while using public transport, in shops or other confined or crowded environment

From gargling bleach to putting it in food, survey shows a third of Americans misuse the chemical amid pandemic
From gargling bleach to putting it in food, survey shows a third of Americans misuse the chemical amid pandemic

Researchers surveyed 502 adults on May 4, soon after Trump suggested research on injecting disinfectants to ward off the disease