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Should you wear a mask? US health officials re-examine guidance amid coronavirus crisis

Should you wear a mask? US health officials re-examine guidance amid coronavirus crisis

It’s the debate heard ’round the world: Should you or shouldn’t you wear a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic? That’s something White House and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials are discussing, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. While the World Health Organization on Monday stood by…

Dr. Sanjay Gupta remembers ‘giant’ of neurosurgery who separated conjoined twins

Dr. Sanjay Gupta remembers ‘giant’ of neurosurgery who separated conjoined twins

Most will remember Dr. James T. Goodrich as a recognized giant of neurosurgery, the most experienced neurosurgeon in the world when it came to the delicate and daunting separation of craniopagus twins, those conjoined at the head. These separations, which involve months of planning and dozens of procedures, are among the most challenging in any…

Men with erectile dysfunction may face a higher risk of early death, study says

Men with erectile dysfunction may face a higher risk of early death, study says

Erectile dysfunction isn’t just an issue in the bedroom. It could also be an indication of a man’s risk for heart disease and early death. And this holds true, a new study says, regardless of a man’s testosterone levels. Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to get or maintain an erection long enough to…

Coronavirus symptoms: A list and when to seek help

Coronavirus symptoms: A list and when to seek help

What are the telling signs that you may have the novel coronavirus which causes Covid-19? The main list of acute symptoms at this time is actually quite short and can appear anywhere from two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re emphasizing fever…

What is coronavirus and Covid-19? An explainer

What is coronavirus and Covid-19? An explainer

Coronavirus. Just the word strikes fear into our hearts. “Novel coronavirus” is the proper term for this brand-new virus wreaking havoc on our unprepared world. But you can also call this nasty villain by its scientific name: severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2 for short. Becoming infected with SARS-CoV-2 can trigger a potentially…

Coronavirus threatens other areas of scientific progress, researchers fear

Coronavirus threatens other areas of scientific progress, researchers fear

On a normal day, Maddie LaRue would wake up, head to her lab and get to work. As a PhD candidate at New York University studying pancreatic cancer, and just months away from defending her thesis, she’s spent years getting to this point — years of cultivating a mouse colony with a particular genetic composition,…

Stress eating these days? Here’s some help

Stress eating is something that many people struggle with on a regular basis, when things are “normal.” But with the coronavirus pandemic challenging us in different ways each day, it seems to have become an equal opportunity problem, affecting even those who don’t typically eat in response to anxiety or other emotions. “I think I…

New York neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins dies from complications of Covid-19

New York neurosurgeon who separated conjoined twins dies from complications of Covid-19

Dr. James T. Goodrich, the neurosurgeon who allowed CNN inside a remarkable operation to separate twins Jadon and Anias McDonald, died on Monday after complications related to Covid-19, according to the hospital where he worked. “Dr. Goodrich was a beacon of our institution and he will be truly missed,” said Montefiore Medicine CEO Dr. Philip…

Model cited by White House says 82,000 people could die from coronavirus by August, even with social distancing

Model cited by White House says 82,000 people could die from coronavirus by August, even with social distancing

President Donald Trump’s decision to extend social distancing guidelines until April 30 came after officials reviewed 12 different statistical models, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, during a Sunday press briefing. But standing in the Rose Garden, Birx also mentioned another model, created independently, that “ended up at the same numbers.”…

Johnson & Johnson wants to start testing its coronavirus vaccine by September

Johnson & Johnson wants to start testing its coronavirus vaccine by September

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson plans to begin human clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine by September with a goal of the first batches being made available for emergency use authorization by early next year, according to a company announcement released Monday. Johnson & Johnson says it has been working on a vaccine since January…

Air pollution and heart disease skyrockets risk for dementia, study says

Air pollution and heart disease skyrockets risk for dementia, study says

People with heart conditions who live in areas with even minimal air pollution are at increased risk for dementia, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Neurology. “Interestingly, we were able to establish harmful effects on human health at levels below current air pollution standards,” said lead author Giulia Grande, a researcher at…

More than 3,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus

More than 3,000 people in the US have died from coronavirus

At least 3,003 people have died in the United States from Covid-19, according to a CNN tally of data from state health departments. There have been at least 160,698 cases of coronavirus that have been detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems. The total includes cases from every state, the…