People who can't read and write are three times likely to develop dementia, says study
People who can't read and write are three times likely to develop dementia, says study

The burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in US is projected to grow to 13.9 million, nearly 3.3% of the population in 2060–417 million people, says CDC.

Vaping crisis: 17-year-old US boy undergoes double lung transplantation as e-cigarettes damage both his lungs
Vaping crisis: 17-year-old US boy undergoes double lung transplantation as e-cigarettes damage both his lungs

The boy, who is a former athlete, is doing well, says the medical team, adding that recovery will be an intense process and could take months

Nazis in space! NASA renames farthest cosmic body visited by spacecraft as 'Arrokoth' erasing earlier 'Ultima Thule' moniker due to 'Nazi' links
Nazis in space! NASA renames farthest cosmic body visited by spacecraft as 'Arrokoth' erasing earlier 'Ultima Thule' moniker due to 'Nazi' links

'Arrokoth', an icy rock, is believed to be a leftover from the solar system's early history and could hold clues to the origin of planets.

New fingerprint test can catch heroin users by detecting it on skin, even after washing hands
New fingerprint test can catch heroin users by detecting it on skin, even after washing hands

It can also help doctors monitor whether patients are taking the medicines prescribed to them.

Looking for ET: Astronomers narrow down search for aliens by honing in on planets most likely to host life
Looking for ET: Astronomers narrow down search for aliens by honing in on planets most likely to host life

They found that planets around inactive, or quiet stars are more likely to maintain life-sustaining liquid water

Anti-inflammatory steroid drugs may increase diabetes risk after just a week of treatment, study
Anti-inflammatory steroid drugs may increase diabetes risk after just a week of treatment, study

Anti-inflammatory drugs such as prednisolone help people deal with allergy, asthma, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases

Can you get an STD from a toilet seat? No, but that's what 1 in 3 Americans believe
Can you get an STD from a toilet seat? No, but that's what 1 in 3 Americans believe

The findings, based on a survey of 2,000 sexually active Americans, reveals that people are misinformed about health

Transit of Mercury: Planet to cross in front of the sun in rare cosmic event that won't be seen for next 30 years
Transit of Mercury: Planet to cross in front of the sun in rare cosmic event that won't be seen for next 30 years

Mercury transits happen only about 13 times per century; The planet will visit again in 2032, though North Americans will have to wait until 2049 to witness the next one

Vaping health crisis: CDC identifies vitamin E acetate as cause behind lung injury outbreaks in US, calls it a 'breakthrough'
Vaping health crisis: CDC identifies vitamin E acetate as cause behind lung injury outbreaks in US, calls it a 'breakthrough'

Experts found the compound in lung fluids from all the 29 tested patients. So far, 2,051 confirmed and probable US lung injury cases and 39 deaths have been associated with vaping.

Opioid addicted patient has electrodes implanted in brain to curb cravings in first such clinical trial in US
Opioid addicted patient has electrodes implanted in brain to curb cravings in first such clinical trial in US

The first patient—a 33-year-old hotel worker named Gerod Buckhalter—had trouble remaining sober for more than four months since the age of 15

Boys are not naturally better than girls when it comes to maths, new study debunks age-old myth
Boys are not naturally better than girls when it comes to maths, new study debunks age-old myth

The study addressed the myth that women do not thrive in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering, and medicine (STEM) due to biological deficiencies in math aptitude

Emperor penguins could be wiped out in 80 years if the current rate of global warming continues
Emperor penguins could be wiped out in 80 years if the current rate of global warming continues

Even if countries reduce their emissions and meet the Paris climate accord, there will be an estimated 19% drop in the number of penguin colonies

Scientists discover first new HIV strain in nearly two decades
Scientists discover first new HIV strain in nearly two decades

The first two cases of the new strain emerged in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the 1983 and 1990, and the third sample showed up in Congo in 2001

Cleveland researchers develop calculator to predict health risks for those with diabetes, obesity
Cleveland researchers develop calculator to predict health risks for those with diabetes, obesity

This calculator can help both physicians and patients quantify the risks and benefits of weight-loss surgery and make informed decisions.

Chronic diseases pose significant risk during pregnancy, and affect one in three women
Chronic diseases pose significant risk during pregnancy, and affect one in three women

Less than 8% of these women with conditions such as heart diseases, breast cancer, epilepsy, high blood pressure, and diabetes, use the most effective forms of birth control, shows analysis

Climate Crisis: California is leading the way in renewables, and it's time the rest of America followed
Climate Crisis: California is leading the way in renewables, and it's time the rest of America followed

California managed to be the largest agricultural producer in the US despite facing severe drought.

NASA's Curiosity captures vast emptiness of desolate Mars horizon, even as it searches for signs of life
NASA's Curiosity captures vast emptiness of desolate Mars horizon, even as it searches for signs of life

The images are of the Gale Crater, which is a 100-mile-wide ancient basin, where the rover is trying to dig up more evidence to show that a lake existed in the region.

Nebraska woman finds parasitic cattle worms in her eyes after running through swarm of flies
Nebraska woman finds parasitic cattle worms in her eyes after running through swarm of flies

Living in the vicinity of cattle or running face-first into a swarm of flies in a rural area could put people at risk of contracting the parasite, says the report

New statistics show that 1 in 8 Americans die of heart failure, with most deaths in people above 65
New statistics show that 1 in 8 Americans die of heart failure, with most deaths in people above 65

Heart failure grew by 10 million between 2011 and 2017 and is projected to increase by another 22 million by 2030, the study finds.

Spherical universe: Everything we know about the cosmos may be wrong after new evidence suggests flat theory may be wrong
Spherical universe: Everything we know about the cosmos may be wrong after new evidence suggests flat theory may be wrong

According to the latest observations, the universe is 41 times more likely to be closed than flat but experts say more research is needed to prove that the findings are not a fluke.

Infants who receive warmth and sensitivity from mothers are less prone to obesity, says new study
Infants who receive warmth and sensitivity from mothers are less prone to obesity, says new study

More than 36% of the children at 7 years old, who did not receive attention from their mothers, were found to have obesity, which is nearly double the national childhood obesity rate of 18.5%

Watching TV or playing video games for long periods can lead to poor learning and language skills in children: Study
Watching TV or playing video games for long periods can lead to poor learning and language skills in children: Study

Longer screen time, say researchers, hampers brain development in children; they recommend that parents must limit screen time for children - aged 2 to 5 years - to an hour a day

Your tweets show how lonely you are! New study claims use of certain word clusters could help raise red flags
Your tweets show how lonely you are! New study claims use of certain word clusters could help raise red flags

About 47% of Americans often feel alone, left out and lack meaningful connection with others, shows analysis of Twitter posts

US ramps up Ebola surveillance at major airports to screen travelers; Bahamas goes on high alert against lethal virus
US ramps up Ebola surveillance at major airports to screen travelers; Bahamas goes on high alert against lethal virus

The current outbreak is centered in Africa, which has already witnessed more than 1,800 deaths and over 2,700 infected cases.

Flu risk rises sharply as early winter storms lash Western and Central US; doctors warn of other respiratory infections too
Flu risk rises sharply as early winter storms lash Western and Central US; doctors warn of other respiratory infections too

Midwest regions, including Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, are likely to have their first snowfall of the year

Vaping crisis gets worse as death toll reaches  37 and number of people suffering from e-cigarette illnesses climbs to 1,888
Vaping crisis gets worse as death toll reaches 37 and number of people suffering from e-cigarette illnesses climbs to 1,888

The previous CDC estimates in early October put the number of fatalities at 24.

Scientists find mysterious tiny black hole in the Milky Way which could be smallest in the universe
Scientists find mysterious tiny black hole in the Milky Way which could be smallest in the universe

Scientists developed a different approach to detect black holes of small mass by examining how a companion star moves in response to its gravity

Deadly measles infection destroys immune system in children leaving them vulnerable to host of other infections
Deadly measles infection destroys immune system in children leaving them vulnerable to host of other infections

1,250 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 31 US states, from January 1 to October 3, 2019, according to CDC.

It's Halloween! NASA finds a 'cosmic pumpkin', a star about 15 to 20 times heavier than our sun and it's freaky!
It's Halloween! NASA finds a 'cosmic pumpkin', a star about 15 to 20 times heavier than our sun and it's freaky!

The O-type star behind the colorful spectacle, was captured by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, and has been named Jack-o'-lantern Nebula

Facial recognition software often fails to recognize transgenders giving rise to stereotypes on what sexes should look like
Facial recognition software often fails to recognize transgenders giving rise to stereotypes on what sexes should look like

Those who identified as agender, genderqueer or non-binary, indicating that they identify as neither male or female, were mischaracterized 100% of the time.

New analysis reveals that 1 in 5 repeat trauma injuries in young patients is due to violence
New analysis reveals that 1 in 5 repeat trauma injuries in young patients is due to violence

9.2 million children and teens up to age 19 are treated for non-fatal injuries in emergency rooms and more than 12,000 die every year.

Over 300 million people in coastal regions risk being homeless by 2050, thanks to rising sea levels, says study
Over 300 million people in coastal regions risk being homeless by 2050, thanks to rising sea levels, says study

In the US, nearly 40% live in coastal areas, and if emissions go unchecked, a large majority of Americans will be impacted by coastal flooding.

Climate Change Watch: Renewable energy facilities in Upper Midwest and Great Lakes can reduce climate change impact
Climate Change Watch: Renewable energy facilities in Upper Midwest and Great Lakes can reduce climate change impact

Switching to clean energy in high-carbon emission regions like Great Lakes and Upper Midwest can increase climate and health benefits four fold than in California.

Talking About Mental Health: Narcissism can make people mentally tough, less prone to depression, says study
Talking About Mental Health: Narcissism can make people mentally tough, less prone to depression, says study

Researchers found that grandiose narcissism lowers stress levels and offsets symptoms of depression.

Stargazing events in November: From Taurid meteor showers to spotting Mercury twice, November can be an astronomer's delight
Stargazing events in November: From Taurid meteor showers to spotting Mercury twice, November can be an astronomer's delight

Here are the top astronomy events of November 2019 to mark on your calendar

Aspirin, other anti-inflammatory drugs may help alleviate depression symptoms, says study
Aspirin, other anti-inflammatory drugs may help alleviate depression symptoms, says study

Antidepressants may help only about one-third of patients with major depressive disorder

Hygiea could be the smallest dwarf planet in our solar system, say scientists
Hygiea could be the smallest dwarf planet in our solar system, say scientists

Hygiea's transition from an asteroid to a dwarf planet could be attributed to the discovery of Hygiea's shape

Vaping Crisis: Teens using flavored e-cigarettes more prone to addiction as staggering number of young users reported
Vaping Crisis: Teens using flavored e-cigarettes more prone to addiction as staggering number of young users reported

Over 3.6 million children were using e-cigarettes, with fruit, menthol and mint favours gaining popularity.

300 million people suffer from rare diseases worldwide, says study
300 million people suffer from rare diseases worldwide, says study

Analysis of the data revealed that at any given time, 3.5 to 5.9 per cent of the global population suffers from rare diseases.

Antibody targeting variety of flu viruses may be key to 'a truly universal vaccine', says study
Antibody targeting variety of flu viruses may be key to 'a truly universal vaccine', says study

The lack of universal flu vaccines was felt during the 2009 swine-flu pandemic, which claimed the lives of half-a-million people worldwide.

Going completely organic could increase greenhouse emissions, new study finds
Going completely organic could increase greenhouse emissions, new study finds

Conventional farming is known to contribute around nine percent of overall greenhouse gas emissions both in the UK and US

Google claims to have achieved quantum supremacy with new computer but not everyone is convinced
Google claims to have achieved quantum supremacy with new computer but not everyone is convinced

The achievement could open up a lot of avenues, from helping design better and lighter spacecraft to creating more efficient batteries and fertilizers.

Algorithm biased against black people is being widely used in US hospitals to predict health risks, say researchers
Algorithm biased against black people is being widely used in US hospitals to predict health risks, say researchers

The common commercial tool 'underestimates' the health needs of black patients and wrongly determines that black patients are healthier than equally sick whites

Brief sun exposure increases the composition of health-boosting gut microorganisms, says study
Brief sun exposure increases the composition of health-boosting gut microorganisms, says study

UVB rays from a brief sun exposure, vitamin D and gut microorganisms have something in common: they boost good health

Biogen to seek FDA approval for Alzheimer's drug which it claims can slowdown disease
Biogen to seek FDA approval for Alzheimer's drug which it claims can slowdown disease

The company says fresh analysis indicated improvements in memory, orientation, and language of patients and if approved, this could very well be the first successful drug for the disease.

Neutron star collisions give birth to heavy elements like strontium in space
Neutron star collisions give birth to heavy elements like strontium in space

Earlier, scientists believed that most of the elements in the universe heavier than helium are created in stars

Plastic waste can be upcycled into high-quality motor oils, cosmetics by new technology
Plastic waste can be upcycled into high-quality motor oils, cosmetics by new technology

Researchers came up with a catalyst capable of breaking the tough bonds in plastics to produce high-quality liquid hydrocarbons, which could find use in motor oil, lubricants or waxes or further processed to make ingredients for detergents and cosmetics

The solar energy market set for spectacular growth over the next five years globally, says IEA report
The solar energy market set for spectacular growth over the next five years globally, says IEA report

Cost reductions and concerted government policy efforts are fuelling growth in the renewable energy sector

Smallest ozone hole recorded this year, but it's not a sign of recovery: NASA
Smallest ozone hole recorded this year, but it's not a sign of recovery: NASA

Experts say shrinking of the hole is due to warmer temperatures in the stratosphere.

Flame retardants used in common household items could be lowering your child's IQ
Flame retardants used in common household items could be lowering your child's IQ

The new generation of flame retardants - used in household and electronic items such as carpets, sofas, television and mobile phones in the US - have been found to be as toxic as the ones they replaced.

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