Tropical storm Beta approaches Texas coast, scientists warn of storm surge, flash flooding and heavy rains
Tropical storm Beta approaches Texas coast, scientists warn of storm surge, flash flooding and heavy rains

The tropical storm is expected to produce rainfall of six to 12 inches with isolated totals of 15 inches from the middle Texas coast to southern Louisiana

Covid-19 is airborne: CDC updates rules, warns particles may travel beyond 6 feet
Covid-19 is airborne: CDC updates rules, warns particles may travel beyond 6 feet

The virus can spread through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes, warns the agency

Busy hurricane season sees scientists run out of storm names for second time since 1950 when naming started
Busy hurricane season sees scientists run out of storm names for second time since 1950 when naming started

The first time scientists ran out of names was in the 2005 season and this year, the season is far from over

CDC rolls back controversial advisory, asks everyone to get tested if they got exposed to someone with Covid-19
CDC rolls back controversial advisory, asks everyone to get tested if they got exposed to someone with Covid-19

The previous guidelines said that if a person has been in close contact with an individual with coronavirus, they do not necessarily need a test unless they are showing symptoms

Your unpopularity in school could kill you: Study says shunned kids linked to 34% higher risk of heart issues
Your unpopularity in school could kill you: Study says shunned kids linked to 34% higher risk of heart issues

Heart disease risk in adult men and women increased by one-third for those who were unpopular among their classmates and peers as kids

How risky is flying during Covid-19 pandemic? Studies show methods used by airlines to prevent spread may not work
How risky is flying during Covid-19 pandemic? Studies show methods used by airlines to prevent spread may not work

1 symptomatic passenger transmitted Covid-19 infection during the flight to at least 12 other passengers in business class

Adult obesity rate on the rise, more than 20% Americans obese in all states with Blacks most impacted: CDC
Adult obesity rate on the rise, more than 20% Americans obese in all states with Blacks most impacted: CDC

The Midwest (33.9%) and South (33.3%) had the highest prevalence of obesity, followed by the Northeast (29%), and the West (27.4%)

Rich countries like US and UK have bought 51% of future Covid-19 vaccine supply, says report
Rich countries like US and UK have bought 51% of future Covid-19 vaccine supply, says report

Experts caution that nearly two-thirds of the world’s population would not have a vaccine until at least 2022

Covid-19 lockdowns, masks and social distancing likely kept flu at 'historical lows' in US and globally: CDC
Covid-19 lockdowns, masks and social distancing likely kept flu at 'historical lows' in US and globally: CDC

According to experts, some of these mitigation steps could be implemented in the future during flu epidemics to reduce transmission, particularly in populations at the highest risk for developing severe disease

Drinking coffee linked to longer, improved survival in patients with advanced colorectal cancer, finds study
Drinking coffee linked to longer, improved survival in patients with advanced colorectal cancer, finds study

The benefits hold for both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee

Consuming omega-3 linked to 35% lower risk of fatal heart attack and reduction in coronary heart disease: Study
Consuming omega-3 linked to 35% lower risk of fatal heart attack and reduction in coronary heart disease: Study

'Cardiovascular benefits appear to increase with dosage, adding an extra 1,000 mg of EPA and DHA per day decreased the risk of heart attack even more,' experts revealed

Sally brings ‘historic and catastrophic’ flooding with up to 35-inch rainfall after hitting southern US
Sally brings ‘historic and catastrophic’ flooding with up to 35-inch rainfall after hitting southern US

Sally uprooted trees, flooded streets, and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses on Wednesday after it hit the US

CDC says Covid-19 vaccine won't be widely available till mid-2021, Trump contradicts: 'We're ready to go'
CDC says Covid-19 vaccine won't be widely available till mid-2021, Trump contradicts: 'We're ready to go'

The president said as soon as a vaccine gets approved, the US is ready to distribute immediately to a vast section of the country going against what Dr Redfield said

Did a solar flare sink the Titanic? Study suggests space weather may have been responsible for tragedy
Did a solar flare sink the Titanic? Study suggests space weather may have been responsible for tragedy

According to the study, a geomagnetic storm was present during the period around the Titanic’s disaster that may have impacted navigation and communication

Dr Li-Meng Yan report: Covid-19 man-made in Wuhan lab theory refuses to die down, scientists slam conspiracy
Dr Li-Meng Yan report: Covid-19 man-made in Wuhan lab theory refuses to die down, scientists slam conspiracy

Dr Li-Meng Yan and three other authors have published a study claiming that Covid-19 was developed in a laboratory in China

Life on Venus? Scientists say discovery of phosphine gas in planet’s clouds may be ‘a possible sign of life’
Life on Venus? Scientists say discovery of phosphine gas in planet’s clouds may be ‘a possible sign of life’

Confirming the discovery required using 45 antennas of Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in Chile, a more sensitive telescope in which the European Southern Observatory is a partner

Covid-19 vaccine will not be available to all globally before 2024 end, warns the world’s largest manufacturer
Covid-19 vaccine will not be available to all globally before 2024 end, warns the world’s largest manufacturer

Adar Poonawalla, chief executive of the Serum Institute of India, estimates that if the coronavirus shot is a two-dose vaccine, the world will need 15 billion doses

Common pain and fever relief drug may induce risky behavior in people by making them seem less dangerous: Study
Common pain and fever relief drug may induce risky behavior in people by making them seem less dangerous: Study

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol and nearly 600 other medicines, is taken each week by an estimated 23% of the US adult population

Does pregnancy delay the onset of multiple sclerosis? Study suggests it can do so by over three years
Does pregnancy delay the onset of multiple sclerosis? Study suggests it can do so by over three years

Women who have been pregnant were diagnosed with their first symptoms, on average, 3.3 years later, compared to women who had never been pregnant

Arctic is transitioning to new climate, scientists forecast less ice, warmer air temperatures and more rain
Arctic is transitioning to new climate, scientists forecast less ice, warmer air temperatures and more rain

If emissions continue at a high level, most continental regions will experience an increase in the rainy season of 20-60 days by mid-century and 60-90 days by the end of the century

Covid-19 and flu can be equally dangerous for children and cause serious forms of infection, warns study
Covid-19 and flu can be equally dangerous for children and cause serious forms of infection, warns study

Researchers found that patients with coronavirus and those with seasonal flu have similar hospitalization rates, ICU admission rates and mechanical ventilator use

Over 80% of US drug overdose deaths involve opioids, CDC says mental health diagnosis found in 25.8% of cases
Over 80% of US drug overdose deaths involve opioids, CDC says mental health diagnosis found in 25.8% of cases

Most of these deaths specifically involved illicitly manufactured fentanyl, heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine

AstraZeneca resumes coronavirus vaccine trials in the UK, but it's unclear when it will restart elsewhere
AstraZeneca resumes coronavirus vaccine trials in the UK, but it's unclear when it will restart elsewhere

The vaccine trials were paused temporarily because of unexplained illness in a participant but now the UK's MHRA has recommended that it is safe to resume

Death of a pet could be traumatic for children and may trigger mental health issues in them, warns study
Death of a pet could be traumatic for children and may trigger mental health issues in them, warns study

The death of a pet should be treated as the loss of other strong emotional attachments, and parents and physicians should be prepared to treat it as such, investigators emphasize

Global warming closer to bleak milestone, may move to ‘hothouse’ state not seen in millions of years: Study
Global warming closer to bleak milestone, may move to ‘hothouse’ state not seen in millions of years: Study

Between 2020-2024, the annual mean global near-surface temperature is predicted to be between 0.91°C and 1.59°C above pre-industrial conditions, defined as the 1850-1900 average, says the UN report

Most Americans worry political pressure will force FDA to rush approval for Covid-19 vaccine, reveals poll
Most Americans worry political pressure will force FDA to rush approval for Covid-19 vaccine, reveals poll

If a vaccine is approved before the presidential election and made freely available, 54% say they would not want to get vaccinated, while 42% say they would want to get vaccinated under those circumstances

Global aviation industry responsible for 3.5% of climate change caused by human activities, finds study
Global aviation industry responsible for 3.5% of climate change caused by human activities, finds study

Two-thirds of the impact from aviation is attributed to non-carbon dioxide emissions and the rest from carbon dioxide — which between 1940 and 2018 comes upto 32.6 billion tonnes

Men with larger waists and more belly fat might be at greater risk of dying from prostate cancer, warns study
Men with larger waists and more belly fat might be at greater risk of dying from prostate cancer, warns study

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men, behind only lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

Coronavirus patients can suffer long-term lung and heart damage, early rehab program may help: Study
Coronavirus patients can suffer long-term lung and heart damage, early rehab program may help: Study

People could recover faster if they undergo rehabilitation as soon as possible after coming off ventilators or leaving intensive care, suggests expert

Russia’s coronavirus vaccine shows no serious adverse effects and produces antibody response, finds study
Russia’s coronavirus vaccine shows no serious adverse effects and produces antibody response, finds study

Early-phase results from Russia’s vaccine trials reveal that Sputnik-V induced antibody responses in all participants within 21 days. The two 42-day trials did not find any serious adverse effects among participants

Labor Day weekend celebrations could lead to spike in Covid-19 infections, top US experts urge caution
Labor Day weekend celebrations could lead to spike in Covid-19 infections, top US experts urge caution

Scientists and officials worry that people not following safety rules could lead to a repeat of the national surge of Covid-19 infections that followed Memorial Day

Covid-19 deaths in US projected to more than double by January, experts recommend masks and social distancing
Covid-19 deaths in US projected to more than double by January, experts recommend masks and social distancing

More than 410,000 Americans could die by January 1 in the 'most likely' scenario that assumes individual face mask use and other mitigation measures remain unchanged

Suicide Prevention Month: 1 in 5 American youths have seriously considered death by suicide, reveals CDC
Suicide Prevention Month: 1 in 5 American youths have seriously considered death by suicide, reveals CDC

During 2019, 1 in 11 (8.9%) students nationwide wanted to kill themselves by suicide at least once and the prevalence was significantly higher among female (11.0%) students

Common cold virus may be able to combat the more dangerous flu by activating body’s defenses, finds study
Common cold virus may be able to combat the more dangerous flu by activating body’s defenses, finds study

The work may allow experts to better predict how respiratory viruses spread and to design interventions for viruses when there are no vaccines, say researchers

Smoking less doesn’t help, study says ‘social smokers’ 8.6 times likely to die of lung cancer than non-smokers
Smoking less doesn’t help, study says ‘social smokers’ 8.6 times likely to die of lung cancer than non-smokers

People who smoke less than 10 cigarettes a day are also 2.5 times as likely to die of lung disease compared to those who do not smoke

Depression rate among Americans may have tripled amid coronavirus, people with low savings most impacted: Study
Depression rate among Americans may have tripled amid coronavirus, people with low savings most impacted: Study

'We would hope that these findings promote creating a society where a robust safety net exists, where people have fair wages, where equitable policies and practices exist'

Common drugs used for colds, BP and depression may increase risk of developing thinking, memory problems: Study
Common drugs used for colds, BP and depression may increase risk of developing thinking, memory problems: Study

47% of people who took at least one of these medications called anticholinergic drugs were more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment

CDC asks health officials to be ready to distribute coronavirus vaccines by late October or early November
CDC asks health officials to be ready to distribute coronavirus vaccines by late October or early November

Populations for initial Covid-19 vaccination will likely be critical workforce that provides healthcare and maintains essential functions of society

Teens who think their parents are loving and supportive less likely to engage in cyberbullying, study reveals
Teens who think their parents are loving and supportive less likely to engage in cyberbullying, study reveals

Asked if their parents are loving, youth who said 'almost never' were over 6 times more likely to engage in high levels of cyberbullying than those who answered that their parents are 'almost always' loving

Elusive mid-sized black hole discovered with mass 142 times that of the Sun formed by merger of 2 black holes
Elusive mid-sized black hole discovered with mass 142 times that of the Sun formed by merger of 2 black holes

Two black holes likely collided and merged to create the more massive black hole which produced gravitational waves equal to the energy of eight suns, say scientists

Pregnant women with coronavirus are more likely to need intensive care and give birth early, finds study
Pregnant women with coronavirus are more likely to need intensive care and give birth early, finds study

However, they are less likely to show symptoms of Covid-19. Being overweight, older and having other pre-existing medical conditions increase their risk of having a more serious disease

Infants in US households with very low food security face higher risk of obesity, finds study
Infants in US households with very low food security face higher risk of obesity, finds study

While the reasons for the association between food insecurity and greater obesity risk are not yet understood, they may be related to poor nutrition and overfeeding, say experts

Flu vaccines given to women during pregnancy do not increase risk of autism in children, finds study
Flu vaccines given to women during pregnancy do not increase risk of autism in children, finds study

The analysis shows that 1% of babies born to women who were given the flu vaccine and 1.1% of those whose mothers did not get the vaccine had autism spectrum disorder

People who shun face masks and social distancing may be sociopaths, finds study
People who shun face masks and social distancing may be sociopaths, finds study

Researchers found that callousness, deceitfulness and manipulativeness, possible signs of a sociopath, were commonly found among people who broke Covid-19 safety rules 

Children born to women with PCOS at higher risk of autism, ADHD and other mental disorders, finds study
Children born to women with PCOS at higher risk of autism, ADHD and other mental disorders, finds study

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a common hormonal disorder in which there is an excess of male hormones and the ovaries do not function correctly

Can eating too much ultra-processed food age your body cells faster? Study says it may be possible
Can eating too much ultra-processed food age your body cells faster? Study says it may be possible

Some examples of ultra-processed foods are soft drinks, packaged salty snacks, cookies, cakes, processed meats and many items often marketed as convenience foods

AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial on hold in US as scientists probe into serious side effect in UK participant
AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine trial on hold in US as scientists probe into serious side effect in UK participant

The global trials that were temporarily paused because of unexplained illness in a participant, have resumed in the UK

Hurricane Sally approaches US Gulf Coast, authorities evacuate residents and shut flood gates 
Hurricane Sally approaches US Gulf Coast, authorities evacuate residents and shut flood gates 

Sally is expected to be a dangerous hurricane when it moves onshore along the north-central Gulf coast

Wildlife populations have fallen by alarming 68% average in 46 years due to rampant human activity: WWF report
Wildlife populations have fallen by alarming 68% average in 46 years due to rampant human activity: WWF report

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Living Planet Report 2020 sounds the alarm for global biodiversity with a comprehensive overview of the state of the natural world through the Living Planet Index (LPI)

Inexpensive steroids can reduce death risk among severely ill Covid-19 patients by 20%, study reveals
Inexpensive steroids can reduce death risk among severely ill Covid-19 patients by 20%, study reveals

Steroids are anti-inflammatory drugs, and evidence strongly suggests that they reduce the lung inflammation in seriously ill Covid-19 patients who require oxygen support for their breathing difficulties

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