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

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

US states asked to report coronavirus data based on race, ethnicity to address racial and social disparities
US states asked to report coronavirus data based on race, ethnicity to address racial and social disparities

The CDC director apologized for lack of racial disparity data on coronavirus, said the agency did not have the data that it needed to be able to answer that responsively

Nicotine patches and gum meant to help quit smoking may promote brain tumors in lung cancer patients: Study
Nicotine patches and gum meant to help quit smoking may promote brain tumors in lung cancer patients: Study

A compound named parthenolide, found in at high levels in the medicinal herb Feverfew, may keep lung cancer cells from migrating to the brain

Children as young as 3 using gaming apps meant for users over 17 with themes of gambling and violence: Study
Children as young as 3 using gaming apps meant for users over 17 with themes of gambling and violence: Study

As per the research, 35% of preschoolers had their own smartphones or tablets, and they used it for an average of nearly two hours a day

People with no symptoms responsible for nearly 45% coronavirus infections as they transmit it silently: Study
People with no symptoms responsible for nearly 45% coronavirus infections as they transmit it silently: Study

Asymptomatic persons can spread Covid-19 to others for an extended period, perhaps longer than 14 days, claims research team

Emergency room visits drop by 42% in US amid pandemic, CDC warns it may lead to complications and death
Emergency room visits drop by 42% in US amid pandemic, CDC warns it may lead to complications and death

They recommend that people seek medical care virtually or dial helplines whenever needed to minimize the chances of catching or spreading the disease

Trump administration shortlists five potential coronavirus vaccines as part of Operation Warp Speed
Trump administration shortlists five potential coronavirus vaccines as part of Operation Warp Speed

The five vaccines on the list are reportedly from US-based Moderna, a combined effort of Oxford University and AstraZeneca, and three big pharma companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and Pfizer

Hydroxychloroquine does not stop people from getting coronavirus if they're exposed to disease, finds study
Hydroxychloroquine does not stop people from getting coronavirus if they're exposed to disease, finds study

Two leading medical journals have expressed concern over potential flaws in separate studies on hydroxychloroquine and blood pressure medications

‘Bad’ cholesterol levels fall sharply in high-income nations but rising in low, middle-income countries: Study
‘Bad’ cholesterol levels fall sharply in high-income nations but rising in low, middle-income countries: Study

The study found that total and 'bad' cholesterol levels have gone up in low- and middle-income nations, particularly in East and Southeast Asia

Pregnant women living near active oil and gas wells at risk of giving birth to babies with low birth weights
Pregnant women living near active oil and gas wells at risk of giving birth to babies with low birth weights

Infants born within 1 kilometer of a well were 40% more likely to have low birth weights, finds analysis

FDA to allow small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals in sanitizers to meet demand amid coronavirus pandemic
FDA to allow small amounts of cancer-causing chemicals in sanitizers to meet demand amid coronavirus pandemic

FDA introduced new regulations to provide clarity on impurity limits for manufacturers. They will specify interim levels of certain impurities that can be tolerated for a relatively short period of time

Over 26,370 US nursing home residents, staff have died from coronavirus but death toll excludes cases before May
Over 26,370 US nursing home residents, staff have died from coronavirus but death toll excludes cases before May

Across the nation, nursing home residents have died at the rate of 27.5 per 1,000 while there have been 62 cases per 1,000 residents at these facilities

Coronavirus testing sites shut across several US states as protests over George Floyd's death rage on
Coronavirus testing sites shut across several US states as protests over George Floyd's death rage on

A pause on testing could nullify some of the progress the country has made in controlling the coronavirus, fear experts

WHO struggled to get vital coronavirus information from China during early days of outbreak, claims report
WHO struggled to get vital coronavirus information from China during early days of outbreak, claims report

Recordings of internal meetings show WHO officials complaining during the week of January 6 that China was not sharing data needed to evaluate the risk Covid-19 posed to the rest of the world

Coronavirus may have originated from horseshoe bat, says NIH-halted study as it calls for more samples from China
Coronavirus may have originated from horseshoe bat, says NIH-halted study as it calls for more samples from China

The results suggest that future sampling and viral discovery should target two hotspots of coronaviruses in southern and southwestern China in particular as well as neighboring countries where similar bat species live

3 feet of social distancing could cut coronavirus risk but 6 feet is more effective: Study
3 feet of social distancing could cut coronavirus risk but 6 feet is more effective: Study

The risk of infection when people stand more than 3 feet away from the infected individual was 2.6% versus 12.8% if less than 3 feet

George Floyd death: Racism is a 'public health crisis' evident in high Covid-19 toll among blacks, say experts
George Floyd death: Racism is a 'public health crisis' evident in high Covid-19 toll among blacks, say experts

Experts say discrimination can be seen in all aspects of life in the US, including policing, housing, education, health, and employment, and it has been amplified during the Covid-19 pandemic as communities of color face inequities. 

Single 'magic bullet' treatment for Covid-19 unlikely as FDA proposes cocktail of drugs to fight disease
Single 'magic bullet' treatment for Covid-19 unlikely as FDA proposes cocktail of drugs to fight disease

Drugs that block the virus from entering or multiplying could come in handy for patients with mild disease. For severe conditions, experts could use medications that tone down harmful immune reactions

George Floyd protests could increase US coronavirus cases as thousands ignore social distancing: Officials
George Floyd protests could increase US coronavirus cases as thousands ignore social distancing: Officials

With people on the streets, clashing with the police and even looting stores, authorities decided to shut down testing centers in Los Angeles on May 30

Black Americans dying of coronavirus at 2.4 times the rate of white people, analysis shows
Black Americans dying of coronavirus at 2.4 times the rate of white people, analysis shows

The disparity in the death rate between blacks and whites is greater at the state level. Black residents are dying at seven times the rate of whites in Kansas and it is six times in Washington

Coronavirus infections among young in Washington did not decline, study blames absence of messaging
Coronavirus infections among young in Washington did not decline, study blames absence of messaging

From March 1 to April 19, 2020, the number of new coronavirus cases began showing a dramatic shift: a 10% decrease in cases among age 60 years and older, and a 20% increase in people under 40

Human noses play host to beneficial bacteria, experts consider using them to make probiotics
Human noses play host to beneficial bacteria, experts consider using them to make probiotics

These microorganisms may guard against allergies and chronic rhinosinusitis – a condition that causes pain and swelling in the sinuses and nasal cavity, the researchers said

About 10% of Covid-19 patients with diabetes died and 20% required ventilator support: Study
About 10% of Covid-19 patients with diabetes died and 20% required ventilator support: Study

The team also investigated whether drugs for diabetes or other complications resulting from abnormal blood sugar levels placed people at higher risk of severe infection and death