Daily US Covid deaths fall to a nine-month low of 666 as cases decline 15%


The U.S. is ‘turning the corner’ in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, White House Response Coordinator Jeff Zients told CNN on Sunday.   Nationwide Covid metrics are hitting lows not see for the better part of a year, as the vaccination rate approaches a crucial tipping point of having half of adults vaccinated against COVID-19.  […]

3D printing lays the foundation for a new range of diagnostic tests — ScienceDaily


Researchers at KU Leuven (Belgium) have developed a 3D printing technique that extends the possibilities of lateral flow testing. These tests are widespread in the form of the classic pregnancy test and the COVID-19 self-tests. With the new printing technique, advanced diagnostic tests can be produced that are quick, cheap, and easy to use. The […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: Who will end my son’s 24-year migraine misery?  


My 33-year-old son has suffered migraines since he was nine. Attacks usually last three to four hours and symptoms include vomiting with extreme headache and light sensitivity, followed by about 20 hours of sleep.  Over the years we’ve seen GPs and he’s been advised to take paracetamol, which he can’t even keep down. One attack lasted […]

Serotonin transporters increase when depression fades — ScienceDaily


Low levels of serotonin in the brain are seen as a possible cause of depression and many antidepressants act by blocking a protein that transports serotonin away from the nerve cells. A brain imaging study at Karolinska Institutet now shows that the average level of the serotonin transporter increased in a group of 17 individuals […]

Why a home with no stairs can give you ‘bungalow leg’


To many people, moving to a bungalow makes good sense — if aching or immobile joints become a problem then a life without stairs is not only simpler, but also much safer. However, experts warn that making that move too early can actually hasten the decline associated with old age, leading to a phenomenon now being […]

Will US reach herd immunity soon? Some experts say it’s unlikely


Despite the Biden administration’s celebration of 100 million Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the U.S. may never reach the ultimate goal of herd immunity because 20 percent of Americans don’t want the shots and variants have pushed the immunity threshold above 70 percent of the population.  As of Monday, 31.6 percent of Americans are inoculated […]

Why does air come out my ear when I blow my nose? DR MARTIN SCURR answers your health questions


Air escapes from my ear when I blow my nose. I can even blow bubbles out of it when I’m underwater. It’s not painful but surely it can’t be right? I’m 67. Carol Lawrence, Morecambe, Lancashire. Air coming out of the ear is a classic sign of a perforated eardrum. The eardrum (or tympanic membrane) […]

PROFESSOR ROY TAYLOR explains the science behind type 2 diabetes


Barely a day goes by without type 2 diabetes hitting the headlines. Last week alone there were two major stories about the condition.  A study from French researchers showed that if you develop type 2 in middle age, it doubles your risk of getting dementia by the age of 70. Another study, which looked at […]

One cup of leafy greens a day lowers risk of heart disease, study says


Eating just one cup of raw vegetables daily, such as leafy greens like spinach, boosts your cardiovascular health, a new study reveals. In a sample of over 50,000 people, the biggest eaters of nitrate-rich vegetables had lower blood pressure and up to 26 per cent lower risk of heart disease, experts found.  Just one cup is […]

Just two thirds of Black Caribbean Brits have had a Covid vaccine, official data shows


Just two thirds of black Caribbean Brits have taken up the offer of the Covid vaccine compared to nearly 95 per cent of white adults, official data revealed today. Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures released today show 66.8 per cent of black Caribbean people over 50 in England had a first dose between December […]

New evidence links gut bacteria and neurodegenerative conditions — ScienceDaily


Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS affect millions of adults, but scientists still do not know what causes these diseases, which poses a significant roadblock to developing treatments or preventative measures. Recent research suggests that people with these conditions exhibit changes in the bacterial composition of their digestive tract. However, given the vast […]

Have scientists found the key to beating prostate cancer?


Have scientists found the key to beating prostate cancer? ‘Miracle’ immunotherapy trial targets protein that allows tumours to flourish Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men with 48,500 cases a year Researchers start clinical trials on a protein which may be key to treating them The goal is to unleash cancer-killing white blood […]

How we retrieve our knowledge about the world — ScienceDaily


To understand the world, we arrange individual objects, people, and events into different categories or concepts. Concepts such as ‘the telephone’ consist primarily of visible features, i.e. shape and color, and sounds, such as ringing. In addition, there are actions, i.e. how we use a telephone. However, the concept of telephone does not only arise […]

How bullying and obesity can affect girls’ and boys’ mental health — ScienceDaily


Depressive symptoms are more common in teenage girls than in their male peers. However, boys’ mental health appears to be affected more if they suffer from obesity. Irrespective of gender, bullying is a considerably greater risk factor than overweight for developing depressive symptoms. These conclusions are drawn by researchers at Uppsala University who monitored adolescents […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: My hair is thinning… could it be caused by heartburn medicine?


I am 62 and have been on the heartburn medication omeprazole for six years, ever since being diagnosed with a hiatus hernia. Over the past few years my hair has been thinning – could it be the drug causing it? My GP says it’s not likely, but I’ve read that it is a side effect. […]

Shortage of DNA building blocks in the cell releases mitochondrial DNA — ScienceDaily


Mitochondria are the energy suppliers of our body cells. These tiny cell components have their own genetic material, which triggers an inflammatory response when released into the interior of the cell. The reasons for the release are not yet known, but some cardiac and neurodegenerative diseases as well as the ageing process are linked to […]

Fish oil supplements and heart rhythm disorder: New analysis — ScienceDaily


Omega-3 supplements are associated with an increased likelihood of developing atrial fibrillation in people with high blood lipids. That’s the finding of a study published today in European Heart Journal — Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Currently, fish oil supplements are indicated for patients with elevated plasma triglycerides to […]

Rate of Americans skipping second shots doubles as first shots fall by half


The number of Americans skipping their second doses of two-shot COVID-19 vaccines has more than doubled since February, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data.  Meanwhile, the number of people getting a first dose is falling off even faster than the decline in the number of people completing their vaccine regimens, a […]

Fasting lowers blood pressure by reshaping the gut microbiota — ScienceDaily


Nearly half of adults in the United States have hypertension, a condition that raises the risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the U. S. At Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. David J. Durgan and his colleagues are dedicated to better understand hypertension, in particular the emerging evidence suggesting […]

Pfizer’s at-home pill to ‘cure’ COVID-19 might be available by the end of the year


Covid PILL could be ready THIS year: Pfizer says the first safety trials will end in May and the at-home ‘cure’ could ship by fall Pfizer Inc is currently running clinical trial on an experimental pill that would be the first to cure COVID-19 called PF-07321332  It belongs to a class of drugs called protease […]

Vaccine passports WON’T be ready by May 17


Heathrow’s boss today warned of his ‘deep concerns’ about impending chaos at arrivals after it emerged covid passports will not be ready for the start of foreign holidays from May 17 and could be delayed until ‘later in the summer’. John Holland-Kaye said the Home Office and UK Border Force ‘need to get a grip’ […]

‘Fat genes that raise the risk of having an eating disorder 


Shocking figures show more than 1.2 million people in the UK are estimated to have an eating disorder, and hospital admissions for those severely affected have risen by more than a third in recent years. Meanwhile, Britain’s leading eating disorder charity, Beat, has reported an 80 per cent surge in calls to its helpline since […]

Preclinical discovery triggers wound healing, skin regeneration — ScienceDaily


Difficult-to-treat, chronic wounds in preclinical models healed with normal scar-free skin after treatment with an acellular product discovered at Mayo Clinic. Derived from platelets, the purified exosomal product, known as PEP, was used to deliver healing messages into cells of preclinical animal models of ischemic wounds. The Mayo Clinic research team documented restoration of skin […]

The truth about the theory that Covid is a winter disease


A summer third wave: it’s the nightmare scenario we all are hoping won’t happen when Britain opens up for business on June 21. But predictions of surging Covid-19 infection rates by the Government’s scientific advisers would suggest it was almost inevitable. According to a report last month from the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (SPI-M), […]

Genetic effects of Chernobyl radiation — ScienceDaily


In two landmark studies, researchers have used cutting-edge genomic tools to investigate the potential health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation, a known carcinogen, from the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. One study found no evidence that radiation exposure to parents resulted in new genetic changes being passed from […]

Ankle exoskeleton enables faster walking — ScienceDaily


Being unable to walk quickly can be frustrating and problematic, but it is a common issue, especially as people age. Noting the pervasiveness of slower-than-desired walking, engineers at Stanford University have tested how well a prototype exoskeleton system they have developed — which attaches around the shin and into a running shoe — increased the […]

Simplifying Our World — ScienceDaily


Categorization is the brain’s tool to organize nearly everything we encounter in our daily lives. Grouping information into categories simplifies our complex world and helps us to react quickly and effectively to new experiences. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology have now shown that also mice categorize surprisingly well. The researchers identified neurons […]

Shift-work causes negative impacts on health, affects men and women differently — ScienceDaily


Shift-work and irregular work schedules can cause several health-related issues and affect our defence against infection, according to new research from the University of Waterloo. These health-related issues occur because the body’s natural clock, called the circadian clock, can be disrupted by inconsistent changes in the sleep-wake schedule and feeding patterns often caused by shift […]

Our attention is captured by eye-glance — ScienceDaily


Eyes play an important role in social communication by expressing the intentions of our interlocutors, and even more so in times of pandemic when half of the face is hidden. But is this eye contact automatic and rapid? Is it based on a priority attentional reaction or, on the contrary, on a particular emotional reaction? […]

But protective effects seen only among women, study finds — ScienceDaily


Taking multivitamins, omega-3, probiotics or vitamin D supplements may lessen the risk of testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 infection — at least among women — indicates a large population study, published online in the journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health. But taking any of vitamin C, zinc, or garlic supplements wasn’t […]

New ‘time machine’ technique to measure cells — ScienceDaily


Using a new single-cell technique, WEHI researchers have uncovered a way to understand the programming behind how stem cells make particular cell types. The research uncovered 30 new genes that program stem cells to make the dendritic cells that kick-start the immune response. By uncovering this process, the researchers hope they will be able to […]

Can financial stress lead to physical pain in later years? Researchers found that early stress can have an impact decades later — ScienceDaily


Financial stress can have an immediate impact on well-being, but can it lead to physical pain nearly 30 years later? The answer is yes, according to new research from University of Georgia scientists. The study, published in Stress & Health, reveals that family financial stress in midlife is associated with a depleted sense of control, […]

‘Nannying’ scientists call for alcohol to be BANNED from supermarkets


Stripping alcohol from supermarket shelves could help to curb Britain’s drinking problem, according to ‘nannying’ scientists.  Researchers say policies to clamp down on problem drinking would work better if the UK moved to a radical Scandinavian-style system where booze is sold exclusively in off-licences. Cardiff University experts made the case after their study found hiking […]

‘Safe’ Z-drug sleeping tablets given to MILLIONS each year are as addictive as Valium


Zopiclone is the so-called ‘safer’ sleeping pill dished out by doctors to millions of Britons each year.  When it was launched in the 1990s, it was touted as a user-friendly alternative to older and notoriously addictive tranquillisers. And in the short-term, zopiclone causes few problems. Indeed, it can be a lifeline to those battling the […]

How do you get over losing the partner you’ve spent nearly all your life with?


Few moments in life are as profoundly lonely as the day after the funeral of a loved one.  And if the loss is of a lifelong companion – one’s ‘strength and stay’, as the Queen so elegantly described her husband of 73 years, the Duke of Edinburgh – then it marks the point at which […]

Covid US: Cases continue to hover around 70k per day as 33 states report increases


The number of Americans being diagnosed with COVID-19 continues to hover around 70,000 a day amid fears reopening measures are fueling infections, and concerns that vaccinations are not being administered quickly enough to lower case numbers.   On Thursday, the U.S. recorded 74,289 new cases of COVID-19 with a seven-day rolling average of 70,484, which marks […]

How to gain a sense of well-being, free and online — ScienceDaily


In 2018, when Professor Laurie Santos introduced her course “Psychology and the Good Life,” a class on the science of happiness, it became the most popular in the history of Yale, attracting more than 1,200 undergraduate enrollees that first semester. An online course based on those teachings became a global phenomenon. By latest count, 3.38 […]

Endometriosis: Woman claims she was refused hysterectomy due to age


A woman with endometriosis has revealed how she ‘pleaded’ with her doctors for a hysterectomy to remove her womb – but claimed she was refused due to her age and childless status. Hannah Lockhart, 23, from Bangor, Northern Ireland, suffers from the long-term condition which sees tissue similar to the womb lining grow in other […]

Covid-19 UK: More than 30% of black over-60s in England have yet to get their coronavirus vaccine


More than 30 per cent of black over-60s have still not had their first Covid vaccine despite No10’s PR blitz to encourage uptake among BAME people, data has shown. The proportion of black people who have not had a jab is nearly seven times higher than it is for white over-60s and higher than all […]

Brother shares his pain after losing ‘completely healthy’ sister, 19, to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome


A brother who lost his ‘completely healthy’ 19-year-old sister to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) is calling for more routine screening of young people to prevent further tragedies. Patrick Mead, 18, from Frome, Somerset, was 17 when his mother made the harrowing discovery his sibling Lauren had passed away in her sleep after suffering an […]

CDC director says Michigan needs to shut down AGAIN amid rising coronavirus cases


The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says Michigan needs to ‘close things down’ in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. In the last month, new infections have exploded from an average of about 2,000 per day to more than 6,000 per day, an xx percent increase. During a […]

Experts are worried that using the Body Mass Index is not a fat lot of good 


During a year of grim statistics, it was one of the grimmest. Launching its £10 million anti-obesity strategy last summer, Public Health England (PHE) warned that being severely obese could increase the chance of death in those who caught Covid-19 by up to 90 per cent. Shedding excess pounds, PHE advised, was one of most […]

US records more than 70,000 average daily coronavirus cases for the first time since February


Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the United States, fueling fears of a fourth wave as officials urge Americans to keep following public health measures. On Sunday, the U.S. recorded 46,378 new infections with a seven-day rolling average of 70,196, the highest figure since February 26. In the last week alone, the average number of cases […]

How testosterone provided the cure for businesswoman’s low libido and menopausal brain fog


For Michelle Burgess, life had become intolerable. The monthly hormonal migraines she had long suffered were lingering far longer than normal. Her libido had all but vanished. And her mood was so flat that she no longer had enthusiasm for anything. Then there was the brain fog, which was ‘debilitating’. The 53-year-old businesswoman from Whitstable, Kent, […]

Covid US: At least three fully-vaccinated Hawaiians caught infection


At least three Hawaii residents have been infected with COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated against the disease.  Vaccine trials showed that the three vaccines approved in the US prevent between 66 and 95 percent of symptomatic infections, but we still do not know how well the vaccines prevent people from catching or spreading coronavirus.  So it’s little […]

Why washing your weekly shopping probably does nothing to protect you from Covid


Be honest. Are you still washing your grocery shopping? Along with bulk-buying loo roll, it always seemed like Covid overkill to me. But I know a fair few people (even doctors) who, back in the early days of the pandemic, did do it, ‘just to be on the safe side’. My mum’s shielding neighbours took […]

Dr Peter Scott-Morgan describes how, against all odds, his life is filled with joy


The most extraordinary thing about scientist Dr Peter Scott-Morgan, aside from his optimism, is his relentless capacity for joy. Except for his eyes and a few facial muscles, he cannot move. Neither can he breathe unaided. His sense of smell and taste have deserted him.  He can only speak haltingly, through a voice synthesiser. A year […]

Are you waiting for your second jab? Here’s everything you need to know


More than 30 million people in the UK have had their first dose of the Covid vaccine, and around three million have been fully vaccinated. But with supply problems expected to affect the roll-out in April, many people are worried about getting their second jab, while others who are eligible now are struggling simply to schedule […]

Delaying the second dose of Novavax’s Covid vaccine by up to 12 weeks should be ‘fine’


Professor Paul Heath said a 12-week dosing gap would most likely not make the Novavax jab less effective Novavax’s Covid vaccine will ‘probably’ still be effective if the second dose is delayed by up to 12 weeks, according to its lead researcher. Professor Paul Heath argued that ‘basic immunological principles’ suggested the longer gap would […]

Boss of No10’s new pandemic-fighting agency admits UK has ‘an awful lot to learn’ from Covid


Britain was too slow to ramp up its Covid testing capacity and introduce masks, the boss of No10’s new pandemic-fighting body has admitted. Dr Jenny Harries, chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency — which begins work today, conceded that officials have ‘an awful lot to learn’ after a catalogue of failures early on […]

Doctors explain the reactions after receiving Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson shots


Millions of Americans are currently receiving coronavirus vaccinations as the U.S. works to restore some sense of normalcy from the pandemic According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose and 16.9 percent are fully immunized, either from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson […]

Chris Whitty warns Britain will be vulnerable to Covid for another two years


Britain will be vulnerable to coronavirus for another two years but the illness should become as manageable as the flu in the future, Chris Whitty claimed today. England’s chief medical officer said vaccine manufacturers were still struggling to get basic supplies distributed around the world and were not yet fully equipped to deal with new […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Stand on one leg to brush your teeth!


My son Daniel revels in it, but for me, that daily shower — or rather, the 40-second blast of pure cold water at the end — is something I rather dread. Of course, the discomfort is momentary, and afterwards I feel alert and ready for the day.  This is one of ten really simple things, […]

US is seeing 4% more Covid cases a day compared to last week


After weeks of encouraging declines, coronavirus cases in the U.S. are on the rise again, with the average number of daily infections rising to nearly 57,000 on Wednesday – four percent higher than they were a week earlier, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […]

DR ELLIE CANNON: Help! Sex is painful at 72 but I can’t take HRT pills to cure it


I am 72, very fit and active, and recently met someone I’d like to have a relationship with – but I’m finding sex painful. My GP says HRT is the only thing that will help, but I can’t take it as I have a family history of breast cancer. What can I do? Pain during […]

NHS patients to be offered cancer treatment at home


Thousands of NHS patients could be given cutting-edge cancer treatments in the comfort of their own living rooms this year in a drive to spare them from repeat hospital visits. Specialist nurses from top cancer centre The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester are already offering at-home chemotherapy and immunotherapy to 250 patients a day, and […]

Why are GPs still refusing to see patients face-to-face


Pinned to the entrance of a GP surgery on a leafy residential road in suburban Sidcup, Kent is a handwritten note, attached to the inside glass. ‘Please do not punch or kick this door.’ That a message such as this is necessary is truly shocking, but it speaks volumes about the increasingly fractured relationship between […]

Georgia clinic is the FOURTH to halt J&J vaccinations within three days


Millions of Americans are currently receiving coronavirus vaccinations as the U.S. works to restore some sense of normalcy from the pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 33 percent of the US population has received at least one dose and 19.4 percent are fully immunized, either from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson […]

Britain’s daily Covid cases fall by another third in a week with 3,030 more positive tests


Britain’s daily Covid cases have fallen by a third in a week but deaths have crept up slightly, official data revealed today as Boris Johnson faced fresh calls to speed up his lockdown easing plans. Department of Health figures showed another 3,030 cases and 53 deaths were recorded today — which was two more fatalities […]

Deep learning networks prefer the human voice — just like us — ScienceDaily


The digital revolution is built on a foundation of invisible 1s and 0s called bits. As decades pass, and more and more of the world’s information and knowledge morph into streams of 1s and 0s, the notion that computers prefer to “speak” in binary numbers is rarely questioned. According to new research from Columbia Engineering, […]

Boris confirms shops CAN reopen on Monday – but is lockdown roadmap in doubt?


The government was today accused of deploying ‘Project Fear’ tactics and doomsday worst case scenarios to justify prolonging coronavirus restrictions – despite the government’s own predictions showing that any third wave of coronavirus this summer is likely to be manageable. A third wave of Covid when restrictions are lifted in June is likely to be […]

Anti-cancer drug delivery to target tumor sites now becomes more effective with novel multi-stimuli-responsive drug delivery systems — ScienceDaily


Cancer therapy in recent times relies on the use of several drugs derived from biological sources including different bacteria and viruses, among others. However, these bio-based drugs get easily degraded and therefore inactivated on administration into the body. Thus, effective delivery to and release of these drugs at target tumor sites are of paramount importance […]

Late night snacks may hurt your workplace performance, study finds — ScienceDaily


A recent study finds that unhealthy eating behaviors at night can make people less helpful and more withdrawn the next day at work. “For the first time, we have shown that healthy eating immediately affects our workplace behaviors and performance,” says Seonghee “Sophia” Cho, corresponding author of the study and an assistant professor of psychology […]

Researchers explain the human tendency to make change through addition — ScienceDaily


In a new paper featured on the cover of Nature, University of Virginia researchers explain why people rarely look at a situation, object or idea that needs improving — in all kinds of contexts — and think to remove something as a solution. Instead, we almost always add some element, whether it helps or not. […]

Researchers have found that they can indirectly retrieve and weaken fear memories; the discovery has therapeutic implications for treating trauma — ScienceDaily


Scientists could be a step closer to finding a way to reduce the impact of traumatic memories, according to a Texas A&M University study published recently in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The report details a study by researchers from the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Institute for Neuroscience. Stephen Maren, professor of […]

J&J vaccinations paused at North Carolina site after 18 people had ‘adverse reactions’


Millions of Americans are currently receiving coronavirus vaccinations as the U.S. works to restore some sense of normalcy from the pandemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 33 percent of the US population has received at least one dose and 19.4 percent are fully immunized, either from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson […]

Covid-19 UK: UK’s Covid outbreak is now in a similar position as it was in JULY


Boris Johnson today faced fresh calls to speed up lockdown easing plans as even more data showed England’s coronavirus outbreak is still in retreat, with cases now at levels not seen since last summer. Experts tracking the spread of Covid claim the country is still in a similar position as it was in July, when […]

More than 20% of Gen Z-ers say they will NOT get a Covid vaccine, survey finds


More than one-fifth of Generation Z says they don’t plan to get a coronavirus vaccine when it comes available to them, a new survey finds. Conducted by STAT-Harris Poll, it showed that 23 percent of 18-to-24 year olds are not going to receive a COVID-19 shot. This is a much higher percentage than the share […]

Rev. C.T. Vivian’s new memoir a guidebook for today’s activists


The Baptist minister and director of national affiliates for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) had led a group of people to register to vote in Selma, Alabama, on February 16, 1965. “I had to get back up because otherwise people would have been defeated by violence. We can never allow violence to defeat nonviolence,” […]

Q&A: How the scars of Flint’s water crisis shake city’s faith in Covid-19 vaccine


In 2014, the state’s public officials assured the residents that their water was safe to drink. It wasn’t. Now, with the coronavirus vaccine rolling out across the country, some Flint residents are wondering whether or not it’s safe to take. Hesitancy is particularly high in some Black communities, which have a history of being discriminated […]

Opinion: Potato Head is getting with the times. So should Congress


Hasbro has announced it is dropping the gendered honorific “Mr.” from the brand name of its popular Potato Head toy. The move, a seemingly innocuous one that follows in the inclusive footsteps of other brands like Mattel and Target, has sparked the fury of the internet mob once again exposing its ugly underbelly of anti-LGBTQ […]

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway – CNN


In his annual letter to shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB), investing guru Warren Buffett disclosed that the company took an $11 billion writedown last year on its 2016 purchase of Precision Castparts, describing it as “a mistake.” The 90-year-old billionaire, Berkshire’s chairman since 1970, said in the company’s annual letter to shareholders that the “ugly” […]

Ron Klain emerges as a force behind the scenes — and on Twitter


A month into the job, he is facing the most significant blowback of his tenure after pushing for a controversial friend to lead Biden’s budget office without consulting first with key senators, leading to questions about overconfidence in dealing with an evenly divided Senate. Central figure Since the moment Klain was selected to serve as […]

What Matters: A third vaccine will bring us one step closer to normal


This one is from Johnson & Johnson. If authorized, it would mean another 20 million vaccine doses could be in circulation by the end of March. This vaccine is not as completely effective as the two other vaccines already authorized from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, but it’s good enough to get on the market and Americans […]

6 hearty soups — and how to store them


“People get so excited about soup,” said Caroline Wright, author of the forthcoming cookbook “Soup Club” and founder of a Seattle-based weekly community soup club. “Soup is more than a food, it’s also sort of a mood. It’s very nourishing and it makes people feel safe and comforted.” And while we can’t control the weather […]

Dog Supplies You Need, According to Vets


(CNN) —   Bringing home the new canine addition to your family is fun and exciting. It also comes with questions, especially if this is your first go-round as a pet parent. The big one is: What do I need to buy? The array of options can be overwhelming, rivaling the amount of gear available […]

GOP-backed Iowa bill aimed at restricting voting access heads to governor’s desk


The bill, introduced by a Republican state senator, specifically would reduce the number of early voting days from 29 days to 20 days. It would also close polling places an hour earlier on Election Day (at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m.). The bill also places new restrictions on absentee voting including banning officials from […]

Neera Tanden is being treated unfairly (Opinion)


It was bound to happen, and I’m honestly surprised it took this long: the first Very Online woman is facing US Senate confirmation. And she may not make it through. The woman is Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress think tank, and Joe Biden’s nominee to run the Office of Management and […]

Your top questions about Covid-19 and vaccines


How long will immunity last after getting a Covid-19 vaccine? Vaccine transmission treatment & prevention work/life family What are the side effects of the vaccines? Some vaccine trial volunteers have reported feeling flu-like effects after getting the shots. Don’t freak out if this happens to you, health experts say. “These are immune responses, so if […]

Democratic women poised to shake up male-dominated industry with new political media firm


Political consulting is still a male-dominated world, and that’s particularly true for ad making. The number of female-owned TV ad firms, on both sides of the aisle, can practically be counted on one hand. That’s beginning to change, though, with a notable shift even since the 2020 elections. “It’s a moment for us,” Myers said, […]

US coronavirus: US health leaders are preparing for all scenarios — including another wave of Covid-19 cases


But now is no time to let up on safety measures — for several reasons — according to experts. More than 54,000 people remain hospitalized with the virus nationwide, according to the COVID Tracking Project. And more than 57,000 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded this month alone. On Wednesday, California became the first state to […]

Democrats’ struggles to stay united on Covid relief package are just beginning


In a normal Senate where there were a few votes to spare, one member wouldn’t have so much power. But, if you have watched closely, you’ve seen the wave that a single senator’s comments can bring when they talk about what they can support in a bill or in a nominee. Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema […]

Questions remain on J&J Covid-19 vaccine rollout as authorization decision approaches


On Monday, the White House did not disclose its plans for the J&J vaccine, although an administration official said they have worked closely with the company to formulate a distribution outline in recent weeks. Federal officials have expressed disappointment that fewer doses than initially expected will be ready if the vaccine is authorized soon. While […]

Congress rocked by consequential battles that will shape Biden’s presidency


After four years of politics by tweeted decree, normal service is resuming inside the Beltway in all its brutal, hypocritical, and high-stakes glory as everyone with power tries to wield it to set the tone for the coming years. The White House is standing firm behind Neera Tanden, its pick for budget director, though her […]

California professor put on paid administrative leave after video shows him chastising student who is hard of hearing


Last Thursday, a two-minute video — broken into three parts for TikTok — surfaced showing a Zoom recording from a physiology class at Oxnard College that day taught by professor Michael Abram, who is identified in the video by name and by a student in his class. CNN has reached out to Abram multiple times […]

Opinion: I got vaccinated. What now?


With this progress, though, has come no small amount of consternation. A new set of daunting questions has arisen, the product of an increasing number of vaccines and vaccinees. Reasonably enough, people now want to know the specific dos and don’ts of daily living for the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. The nub is this: are […]

Inside a ‘Patriot Party’ rally where Trump loyalists search for a path forward


The idea and, perhaps just as important, the logo, have been circulating on social media since last summer. But after the Capitol riot and swearing-in of President Joe Biden, Patriot Party groups have formed and multiplied, mostly on Telegram, where they share memes, disinformation and commentary in chaotic channels in all 50 states. On February […]

‘Allen v. Farrow’ is the latest example of ‘consequences culture’


It’s the latest in a wave of documentary films that seek to mete out what some may say is long overdue justice. The HBO series explores allegations by Dylan Farrow that her father, filmmaker Woody Allen, sexually molested her in 1992 when she was 7. Allen has repeatedly denied the claims. It comes on the […]

Opinion: The three biggest decisions facing Merrick Garland


If all goes as planned and Garland takes the reins at the Justice Department, he will face a daunting thicket of quandaries that present thorny issues of law, accountability and politics. Garland will bring impressive credentials to the attorney general position. Unlike the former Attorney General William Barr, Garland earned his stripes as a trial […]

Minimum wage and inflation: These two charts show how much workers have fallen behind


While the President bungled two different statistics at a CNN town hall last week, the thrust of what he said is accurate: The minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009, has fallen far behind in terms of both inflation and productivity. Increasing the federal minimum wage is once again in […]

New York nursing home Covid-19 deaths: Cuomo’s explanations don’t comfort families who lost loved ones


“Every day you think of her and you miss so much, it’s just terrible,” he told CNN at his home in Albany. Agnes Minissale died in April after contracting Covid-19 at her nursing home, Minissale said. She would have been 94 years old on Valentine’s Day. Minissale’s father-in-law, Edward Bridgeford, was in the same nursing […]

Boris Johnson’s government is ‘gaslighting’ Britain about the realities of Brexit, critics say


In that time, British exporters have struggled with new trade barriers. In some cases, orders have been slowed down by paperwork; in others, fresh produce has failed to reach its destination in time, forcing it to be destroyed. All of this is a direct result of the UK’s policy decision to leave the EU’s single […]

NASA Mars Perseverance rover has successfully landed


“Percy,” as the spacecraft is affectionately called at mission control, sent back its first images of the landing site immediately after touchdown, which shows the rover’s shadow on the surface of its landing site of Jezero Crater. The rover has been on a nearly 300 million-mile journey since it left Earth more than 6 months […]

Nation’s top governors under fire as three big states reckon with deadly crises


Governors are being asked to account for the pervasive problems that have been exposed by those events: gaping income equality, food insecurity, an appalling level of health inequity and the inefficiency of the nation’s health care delivery system. Even though governors cannot control the unpredictable path of a novel virus or the severity of a […]

Perseverance rover has successfully landed on Mars


“Percy,” as the spacecraft is affectionately called at mission control, sent back its first images of the landing site immediately after touchdown, which shows the rover’s shadow on the surface of its landing site of Jezero Crater. The rover has been on a nearly 300 million-mile journey since it left Earth more than 6 months […]

GOP senators facing reelection in 2022 keep mum on McConnell amid divisive fight with Trump


With Trump warning he will push primary candidates who fit his mold in 2022 Senate races, many Republican senators facing voters next year are not eager to pick sides following the former President’s blistering attack on the GOP leader after his impeachment trial. CNN contacted the 16 Senate Republicans up for reelection in 2022 on […]

Vaccine makers looking into booster doses for better protection against variants, White House adviser says


Vaccine makers are looking into whether booster doses could provide better protection against coronavirus variants, Andy Slavitt, the White House’s senior adviser for Covid response, said during an interview with the Washington Post on Thursday. The White House official said Johnson & Johnson is already studying a second dose of its Covid-19 vaccine, and he […]

How to watch the Mars rover landing today


The rover has been traveling through space since launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at the end of July. When it reaches Mars, Perseverance will have traveled 292.5 million miles on its journey from Earth. Perseverance is NASA’s first mission that will search for signs of ancient life on another planet to help answer the big […]

Ring Video Doorbell Wired Review


(CNN) —   Ring’s video doorbell lineup has always had a few things in common. They all stream and record video of whoever’s at your door and can be installed easily. And while the base model’s $99 price tag is attractive, it’s a lot to spend on something replacing your inexpensive standard doorbell. Enter the […]

Case against Anne Sacoolas over death of Harry Dunn can go ahead in US, judge rules


Sacoolas claimed diplomatic immunity and fled to the US 19 days after the August 2019 deadly collision outside RAF Croughton, a military base in England controlled by the US Air Force and used as a global intelligence gathering station by the CIA and NSA. The United Kingdom’s attempt to extradite Sacoolas to face criminal charges […]