Do people share health risks with pets? Owners of dogs with diabetes more likely to develop disease: Study
Do people share health risks with pets? Owners of dogs with diabetes more likely to develop disease: Study

Owners of dogs who are diabetic are at a 38% higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes. No association was found between type 2 diabetes in cat owners and diabetes in their cats

FDA panel recommends Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, here's what will happen next
FDA panel recommends Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for emergency use, here's what will happen next

This paves the way for FDA to authorize the shot and within 24 hours of an emergency use authorization, the vaccine could be shipped out to distribution sites across the US

Can increased use of social media cause depression? Study finds a link between the two
Can increased use of social media cause depression? Study finds a link between the two

According to the analysis, young adults who used more than 300 minutes per day were 2.8 times as likely to become depressed within six months

Should Americans with severe allergies avoid Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine? Here's what we know so far
Should Americans with severe allergies avoid Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine? Here's what we know so far

Moncef Slaoui, chief vaccine adviser for Operation Warp Speed, said he expected that the UK allergic reactions would be considered in the US authorization process

Where did Covid-19 ACTUALLY start? Origins story gets murkier after Italian boy, 4, infected in November 2019
Where did Covid-19 ACTUALLY start? Origins story gets murkier after Italian boy, 4, infected in November 2019

According to the researchers, the findings, in agreement with other evidence of early Covid-19 spread in Europe, 'advance the beginning of the outbreak to late autumn 2019'

Will sharing personal info discourage Americans from getting Covid-19 vaccine? States refuse to give data to CDC
Will sharing personal info discourage Americans from getting Covid-19 vaccine? States refuse to give data to CDC

CDC explains that it has requested such information to assess and verify second-dose vaccination, evaluate vaccine safety and to allow for critical vaccine effectiveness monitoring

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine offers ‘some protection’ after first dose, FDA says it meets ‘success criteria’
Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine offers ‘some protection’ after first dose, FDA says it meets ‘success criteria’

The FDA had earlier indicated it would authorize a vaccine that is safe and at least 50% effective. The agency’s analysis shows that Pfizer's vaccine candidate appears to meet the safety requirements

Mental health, depression and suicide references in US rap songs have more than doubled in 20 years, says study
Mental health, depression and suicide references in US rap songs have more than doubled in 20 years, says study

According to the authors, artists through their lyrics have the potential to shape mental health discourse and reduce stigma

Covid-19 rocks NY and California hospitals, as Fauci warns that even 10 people may be a lot for Christmas gathering
Covid-19 rocks NY and California hospitals, as Fauci warns that even 10 people may be a lot for Christmas gathering

If hospitalization rate does not stabilize, indoor dining will be closed in New York City, while it will be reduced to 25% in the rest of the state

Medical school applications jump by 18% in US amid Covid-19 pandemic, is this the ‘Fauci effect’?
Medical school applications jump by 18% in US amid Covid-19 pandemic, is this the ‘Fauci effect’?

Some admission officers say that public health experts such as Dr Anthony Fauci have inspired the youth to join the medical profession

What is Art With Me festival? How Tulum event turned into Covid-19 super-spreader in New York
What is Art With Me festival? How Tulum event turned into Covid-19 super-spreader in New York

A private testing company claims 60-70% of the positive tests in the last few weeks in New York City were among those who attended the event or people who had become exposed to someone who did

Teenagers unhappy with their physical appearance at 50-285% higher risk of depression by age 18, warns study
Teenagers unhappy with their physical appearance at 50-285% higher risk of depression by age 18, warns study

Nearly 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 7 boys were dissatisfied with their figure by age 14, says study

Over 50% of New York City firefighters may refuse Covid-19 vaccine, some don’t want to be ‘test subjects’: Poll
Over 50% of New York City firefighters may refuse Covid-19 vaccine, some don’t want to be ‘test subjects’: Poll

Several healthy firefighters in their 30s and 40s have become less fearful of the virus as they have overcome it themselves or know of colleagues who have recovered after a diagnosis

Covid-19 vaccine will NOT be made mandatory, says Joe Biden even as poll suggests 60% of Americans may take shot
Covid-19 vaccine will NOT be made mandatory, says Joe Biden even as poll suggests 60% of Americans may take shot

About 39% of US adults said they 'definitely or probably would not' get a coronavirus vaccine

The NEXT coronavirus pandemic? Bats in China are carrying other viruses that may infect humans
The NEXT coronavirus pandemic? Bats in China are carrying other viruses that may infect humans

Close relatives of Covid-19 virus may be circulating in places beyond China, says Dr Zheng-Li Shi from the Wuhan Institute of Virology

Cannabis is removed by UN from the list of ‘most dangerous substances’, what are the implications?
Cannabis is removed by UN from the list of ‘most dangerous substances’, what are the implications?

However, it will still be subjected to restrictions under the Schedule I category that labels substances with ‘addictive properties, presenting a serious risk of abuse’

With Covid-19 cases rising across US, here’s a look at what restrictions are being imposed to curb the spread
With Covid-19 cases rising across US, here’s a look at what restrictions are being imposed to curb the spread

California health officials announced a regional stay-at-home order that will be triggered if ICU capacity drops below 15% in a given region

Pfizer expects to roll out only 50% of coronavirus vaccine doses it had planned globally by 2020-end: Report
Pfizer expects to roll out only 50% of coronavirus vaccine doses it had planned globally by 2020-end: Report

Pfizer’s and BioNTech’s combined manufacturing network has the potential to supply worldwide up to 50 million vaccine doses in 2020 and up to 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021

CDC warns against travel during Christmas, says Covid-19 crisis in coming months may be worst US has ever seen
CDC warns against travel during Christmas, says Covid-19 crisis in coming months may be worst US has ever seen

White House coronavirus task force suggests that if state and local policies do not reflect the seriousness of the current situation, all public health officials must alert the state population directly

CDC shortens Covid-19 quarantine period: 7 days after exposure with a negative test or 10 days minus symptoms
CDC shortens Covid-19 quarantine period: 7 days after exposure with a negative test or 10 days minus symptoms

CDC still recommends staying home for 14 days after contact with a person who has coronavirus as the best way to reduce transmission but said it hopes the shorter alternatives will increase compliance

Airlines no longer required to accommodate passengers with ‘emotional support’ animals, rules US department
Airlines no longer required to accommodate passengers with ‘emotional support’ animals, rules US department

It defines a service animal as a dog and permits airlines to limit the number of service animals that one passenger can bring onboard an aircraft to two service animals

Does cannabidiol in cannabis affect one’s ability to drive? It doesn't but THC  does, claims analysis
Does cannabidiol in cannabis affect one’s ability to drive? It doesn't but THC does, claims analysis

In people who used a THC/CBD mixture, there was mild impairment during driving measured at 40 minutes later but not after four hours

41% of US’ essential workers, 34% in high-risk group ‘not likely’ to take Covid-19 shot once authorized: CDC
41% of US’ essential workers, 34% in high-risk group ‘not likely’ to take Covid-19 shot once authorized: CDC

Coronavirus vaccine should go to healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents first, recommends CDC’s advisory panel

Was Covid-19 present in US in December 2019? It may have infected Americans earlier than thought, says study
Was Covid-19 present in US in December 2019? It may have infected Americans earlier than thought, says study

CDC scientists found antibodies to coronavirus in 106 samples taken from blood donated by 7,389 people in the US in December 2019 and January 2020

Moderna says Covid-19 vaccine 100% effective in preventing severe disease, applies for FDA authorization
Moderna says Covid-19 vaccine 100% effective in preventing severe disease, applies for FDA authorization

The efficacy was reportedly consistent across age, race, ethnicity and gender

Who is Dr Joseph Varon? Photo of Houston doctor comforting elderly Covid-19 patient on Thanksgiving floors Internet
Who is Dr Joseph Varon? Photo of Houston doctor comforting elderly Covid-19 patient on Thanksgiving floors Internet

Dr Joseph Varon, chief of staff at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, said the patient was crying as he wanted to be with his wife

Can air pollution increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease? It may be possible, study of US seniors suggests
Can air pollution increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease? It may be possible, study of US seniors suggests

People in the most polluted areas had a 10% increased probability of a PET scan showing amyloid plaques, a signature of Alzheimer’s, compared to those in the least polluted areas

Fauci warns Americans to brace for ‘surge upon a surge’ in coronavirus cases after Thanksgiving holiday
Fauci warns Americans to brace for ‘surge upon a surge’ in coronavirus cases after Thanksgiving holiday

He urged travelers to be safe when returning from holiday travels, encouraging them to quarantine if possible and to get tested

Common surgery to lose weight among teenagers and adolescents could weaken the bones, finds study
Common surgery to lose weight among teenagers and adolescents could weaken the bones, finds study

In sleeve gastrectomy, about 75% of the stomach is removed to restrict food intake and induce weight loss

American Diabetes Month: Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes on the rise among Americans aged below 20
American Diabetes Month: Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes on the rise among Americans aged below 20

The rates of increase have been generally higher among racial/ethnic minority populations than those among White people

Coronavirus cases rise sharply in New York again, Gov Andrew Cuomo says Thanksgiving will make bad situation worse
Coronavirus cases rise sharply in New York again, Gov Andrew Cuomo says Thanksgiving will make bad situation worse

6,265 Covid-19 cases were recorded in New York State on November 24, the highest since April

United Airlines starts flying Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for quick US distribution once it is approved by FDA
United Airlines starts flying Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for quick US distribution once it is approved by FDA

Suitcase-size boxes packed with dry ice have been created by Pfizer to keep its coronavirus vaccine doses cold

Did coronavirus originate in India? Chinese scientists claim first transmission took place during 2019 heatwave
Did coronavirus originate in India? Chinese scientists claim first transmission took place during 2019 heatwave

According to their analysis, the 'Covid-19 pandemic was inevitable in 2020 and the Wuhan epidemic was only a part of it'

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: Are there any treatments and how can patients, families cope with the disease?
Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: Are there any treatments and how can patients, families cope with the disease?

There is no drug to cure Alzheimer’s yet, but medicines can help slow the worsening of symptoms temporarily

Cancer-causing asbestos might be present in talc-based cosmetics, even in kids’ makeup kit, say researchers
Cancer-causing asbestos might be present in talc-based cosmetics, even in kids’ makeup kit, say researchers

Test results highlight that the lack of adequate screening of talc poses a significant risk of exposure to a carcinogen and demonstrate that cosmetics reform is urgently needed

How reliable are coronavirus antibody tests? It is likely that they undercount past infections, warns CDC
How reliable are coronavirus antibody tests? It is likely that they undercount past infections, warns CDC

Among 156 frontline healthcare workers in the US who tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies at the start of the study, 28% did not have enough antibodies to test positive 60 days later 

American Diabetes Month: What are the dos and don’ts of managing the condition and reducing complications?
American Diabetes Month: What are the dos and don’ts of managing the condition and reducing complications?

For type 1 diabetes, insulin is required because none or very little is being made by the body. For type 2 diabetes, diet and exercise may be enough

Can US companies force employees to get Covid-19 vaccine once approved? It’s possible, but there are limitations
Can US companies force employees to get Covid-19 vaccine once approved? It’s possible, but there are limitations

If the staff have medical reasons or 'sincerely held religious beliefs' that prevent them from taking a potential coronavirus vaccine, employers may be required to offer them alternatives

US Covid-19 daily deaths top 2,100, deadliest since May, even as expert warns of explosion post Thanksgiving
US Covid-19 daily deaths top 2,100, deadliest since May, even as expert warns of explosion post Thanksgiving

It could potentially be the 'mother of all super-spreader events,' said Dr Jonathan Reiner, a former White House medical team adviser

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: Can it be prevented? Not yet, but lifestyle changes may help reduce risk
Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: Can it be prevented? Not yet, but lifestyle changes may help reduce risk

Researchers have found that factors that protect the heart may also protect the brain and reduce risk of developing Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Physical activity appears to be one of these factors

Can drinking cocoa make you smarter? Study suggests flavanol-rich drinks can increase people's mental agility
Can drinking cocoa make you smarter? Study suggests flavanol-rich drinks can increase people's mental agility

After consuming the flavanol-rich drink, participants had stronger and faster increase in blood oxygenation in the frontal cortex, a brain region that plays a key role in planning and decision-making

Quarantine period for people exposed to coronavirus may be shortened from 14 days as CDC reviews evidence
Quarantine period for people exposed to coronavirus may be shortened from 14 days as CDC reviews evidence

A report indicates that the recommended time may be reduced from the current 14 days to between 7 to 10 days, followed by a test. The hope is it will lead to more people following expert suggestions

American Diabetes Month: What is the connection between the disease and mental health?
American Diabetes Month: What is the connection between the disease and mental health?

According to the CDC, 1 in 5 adults with type 2 diabetes has depression. 1 in 3 adults with type 2 diabetes experiences diabetes distress

Covid-19 vaccine won’t be a ‘walk in the park' and CDC must warn Americans of its side-effects, say doctors
Covid-19 vaccine won’t be a ‘walk in the park' and CDC must warn Americans of its side-effects, say doctors

Pfizer says its vaccine candidate was well tolerated across all populations and no serious safety concerns were observed. Some experienced fatigue, and headache

Women below 50 with colon and rectal cancer in newly identified US 'hotspots’ are at high risk of death: Research
Women below 50 with colon and rectal cancer in newly identified US 'hotspots’ are at high risk of death: Research

Researchers identify approximately one in every 16 counties, which includes Davidson County, Cook County, New Castle County, Fairfield County, St Louis County and Queens County, among others

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: How is it diagnosed and why is early detection important?
Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month: How is it diagnosed and why is early detection important?

It helps people with the disease and their families plan for the future, get access to available symptomatic treatments and interventions, take care of financial and legal matters and more

Coronavirus vaccine could be given to Americans as early as December second week, says top US official
Coronavirus vaccine could be given to Americans as early as December second week, says top US official

FDA’s advisory panel to review Pfizer’s emergency use application for its vaccine candidate on December 10. Operation Warp Speed chief said if things go according to plan, enough Americans could be vaccinated by May

Over 1M Americans traveled by plane a day after CDC advised against traveling amid surging Covid-19 cases
Over 1M Americans traveled by plane a day after CDC advised against traveling amid surging Covid-19 cases

An estimated 50 million in the US are forecasted to travel for Thanksgiving, the biggest travel surge since the pandemic began

American Diabetes Month: Can type 2 diabetes be prevented? Experts say it may be possible to do so or delay it
American Diabetes Month: Can type 2 diabetes be prevented? Experts say it may be possible to do so or delay it

They recommend making lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly, opting for a healthy diet, and losing weight if a person is overweight