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Most American Mass Shooters Suffered From Untreated Mental Health Issues, Finds Study

A new study from Stanford University researchers has found that most American mass shooters had an untreated mental health disorder before committing the heinous crime. Some of them had untreated schizophrenia, while others had issues such as bipolar disorder, personality disorder, and delusional disorder.

Novavax Vaccine Demonstrates More Than 90% Efficacy in Preventing COVID

Novavax, an American biotech company, has recently released the promising findings of its experimental COVID vaccine, demonstrating more than 90% efficacy in preventing symptomatic disease. In addition, the vaccine candidate demonstrated 91% efficacy in older patients with certain comorbidities.

Kids Need To Be Vaccinated Against COVID, Says Top FDA Advisor

Dr. Paul Offit, one of the top advisors to the FDA, said Thursday that children should be vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus. He said new strains of the virus are highly contagious, which means we need a greater level of protection against the virus.

US Death Rates for Heart Disease and Diabetes Increased in 2020, Finds CDC

New CDC data has reported that the U.S. death rates for heart disease and diabetes increased last year when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak. Experts believe that this happened because most patients with heart disease and diabetics stayed away from hospitals due to fear of catching the COVID-19 infection.

COVID Survivors May Have Protection from Reinfection for At Least 10 Months

A new study has found that prior COVID-19 infection may shield you from reinfection for at least 10 months. The study found that most people who had experienced a bout of COVID-19 infection have protection from reinfection for at least another 10 months.

Nearly 60% of American Adults Report Returning To Normalcy, Finds Poll

As the United States is vaccinated more and more people, a new Gallop poll has found that 9% of adults said their lives are “completely” back to normal and 57% said their lives are “somewhat” back to normal. The CDC says 52% of Americans aged 18 and above have been fully vaccinated.

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Generic Drugs for Herpes

Oral herpes is caused by HSV-1 and genital herpes by HSV-2. Both these herpes infections are incurable but they are treatable. Generic drugs for herpes include docosanol, valacyclovir, acyclovir, famciclovir, trifluridine, and ganciclovir, which are all antiviral medications.

Antihypertensive Drugs Associated With Less Memory Decline, Finds Study

A new study has found that some high blood pressure medicines that cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) are associated with less memory decline compared to the drugs that do not cross the BBB. Previous studies have also shown that antihypertensive agents that cross BBB reduced mild cognitive impairment by 19%.

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CDC Seeks Emergency Approval of Diagnostic Test from FDA to Detect 2019-nCoV

The CDC has been seeking for a special emergency approval from the FDA for its newly-developed diagnostic tool that can detect the mysterious new coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which started in Wuhan, China, in December. The new diagnostic test would help the states to detect the virus.

Rethinking Intelligence Is Necessary, Says Author of Different Minds

Dr. Marlo Payne Thurman, the author if Different Mind, has posted an article in Psychology Today, explaining the importance of rethinking intelligence in order to develop a new education model for children. She explains that it is important to re-open discussions about intelligence again.

Scientists Discover a Mechanism That Could Treat Friedreich’s Ataxia

Researchers from Tufts University have discovered a molecular mechanism that could reverse the genetic mutation responsible for causing a neurodegenerative disorder called Friedreich's Ataxia. The researchers explained this could help develop therapeutic strategies.

Scientists Say Personality Traits Are Changeable

A study, which will be published in American Psychologists, has found that personality traits can be changed if you catch people at the right and by putting an extra-sustained effort. They can also be changed by major life events and persistent interventions because they account for important life outcomes.

Scientists Develop Device to Control Brain Cells Using Smartphone

Researchers developed a wireless neural device that could control and manipulate brain cells using a smartphone. The researchers explained that the wireless neural device could be used to speed up to uncover certain brain disorders, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, pain and depression.

FDA Approves Samsung Bioepis’ Humira Biosimilar

On Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a biosimilar version of Humira, a blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, called Hadlima by Samsung Bioepis. In the United States, it will be commercialized by Merck & Co. Humira contains Adalimumab, the best-selling drug for rheumatoid arthritis.

Nerve Surgery Helps Paralyzed Man to Regain Movement and Function

Australian surgeons have successfully been able to perform innovative nerve transfer surgery on some paralyzed patients, which has helped them to regain movement and function. The surgeons performed the surgery on 16 paralyzed patients so that they can extend their elbow and hands to grab, open, and pinch.

COVID-19: Public Health Officials Urge People to Stay Home for Upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday

Public health officials across the United States have been urging people to stay home and stay safe during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, as the nation has been experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases, affecting nearly all states. The virus has affected over 12 million Americans and killed over 262,000.

Physicians Aren’t Advising Enough Smokers to Quit, Says US Surgeon General

US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has revealed his detailed smoking cessation report in a press conference on Thursday. He said 40 percent of smokers are not encouraged to quit smoking by their doctors. In a detailed 700-page report, Dr. Adams mentioned the importance of counseling and medications when it comes to quitting smoking.

US To Screen Every Passenger from Wuhan for New Deadly Coronavirus

US health officials have said that they will screen every passenger coming from Wuhan, China, for a new respiratory virus, which has affected at least 45 people and killed two. The officials will screen all passengers at the three airports upon their arrival. If anyone is suspected, further testing will be done.

Lung Illness Related To Vaping Started Much Earlier Than Reported

Two studies, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, have found that e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) was surfaced as early as January 2017, long before June 2019, when the outbreak began, and the key culprit is vitamin E acetate found in vaping products.

Mumps Outbreak Reported On the University Of Arkansas Campus

The Arkansas Department of Health has reported that there has been a major mumps outbreak on the campus of the University of Arkansas. Health officials reported nine mumps cases at the university during the fall 2019 semester. More than 300 students were found to had their first dose of MMR vaccine.

Why U.S. Is Facing A Surge In STD Cases?

In 2018, the number of sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases has significantly increased in the United States. Health officials have identified a few factors responsible for causing the surge in STDs, such as lack of access to health care, poor public health infrastructure, poverty, drug use, the stigma of STDs, and a decline in condom use.

Deadly EEE Virus Confirmed in Poconos, Pennsylvania

Health officials in Pennsylvania have confirmed a deadly virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Monroe and Carbon Counties. The virus has been found in a pheasant and two horses, which can spread through mosquitoes in birds, animals, and humans. EEE is a rare but deadly virus that causes inflammation of the brain called encephalitis.

CDC Director Says Racism Is a Serious Public Health Threat

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has recently said that racism is a serious public health threat and it should be addressed on a priority basis. She talked about the disproportionate impact of the COVID pandemic on communities of color.

MedicineNet Offers Useful Tips On How To Get Rid Of Bedsores Quickly

MedicineNet, a medical information-providing website, offered a few useful tips on how to get rid of bedsores, or pressure sores, quickly. It recommends a combination of medical and auxiliary treatments to heal pressure sores promptly.

Diets High in Sugar Could Damage Your Gut, Increasing Colitis Risk

Researchers from UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that mice fed with high-sugar diets developed severe symptoms of colitis. They also found that the mice developed colitis because sugary foods damaged their gut’s protective mucosal layer, causing inflammation of the intestines.

Study Finds 5G Networks Have Fewer Health Implications

A new study has found that 5G networks, which offer high download speed than 4G, have no significant impact on human health. The study researchers said 5G radiation is not that harmful that thought, and it is predominantly benign. However, the researchers said they need further investigations to dig deep.

Can Estrogen or Progesterone Help Treat COVID-19 In Men?

Researchers have been conducting two clinical trials to study the effects of female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, in men with COVID-19 patients. The trials are conducted on the hypothesis that women are less vulnerable to COVID-19 probably due to estrogen and progesterone.

UN Biodiversity Chief Calls for a Global Ban on Wildlife Markets

The United Nation’s biodiversity chief, Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, has called for a global ban on wildlife markets or wet markets where animals are sold live or dead for human consumption. She said we can prevent future pandemics by banning the wildlife markets.

UK Furloughed Workers to Get 80% of Monthly Salaries under Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

All UK employers are set to entitled 80 percent of their employees’ monthly salaries under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. The scheme is meant to safeguard furloughed workers who are affected by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.