Research shows SARS-CoV-2 infection risk at the dentist’s office is low — ScienceDaily


A new study’s findings dispel the misconception that patients and providers are at high risk of catching COVID-19 at the dentist’s office. SARS-CoV-2 spreads mainly through respiratory droplets, and dental procedures are known to produce an abundance of aerosols — leading to fears that flying saliva during a cleaning or a restorative procedure could make […]

Minister hints tiered lockdowns are still on the cards amid rise of Covid hotspots in the North


A Government minister today refused to rule out tiered lockdowns returning when England’s national measures are planned to end next month.  Environment Secretary George Eustice revealed No10 was ‘closely monitoring’ several localised coronavirus outbreaks that have cropped up in recent weeks. Analysis shows that while national infections have continued to plunge, there are 12 boroughs where […]

The Harley Street doctors charging for cannabis treatments 


The smart entrance to the Sapphire Medical Clinic looks much like any other private practice on Harley Street in London. But there is something very different about this one. It’s not the staff — the doctors here are all leading experts with roles as NHS consultants. It’s what they are prescribing that marks them apart. […]

Household carbon footprints did not significantly change during the first state of emergency in Japan — ScienceDaily


Despite the rapid and significant changes in consumption patterns witnessed during the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Japanese households maintained their normal levels of greenhouse gases emissions. The “anthropause” — reduction of human activity due to the pandemic — made headlines last summer, but factory shutdowns and broken global supply chains did not translate […]

Animal production responsible for vast majority of air quality-related health impacts from U.S. food — ScienceDaily


Poor air quality caused by food production in the United States is estimated to result in 16,000 deaths annually, 80 percent of which are related to animal production, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota. The research also found there are measures farmers and consumers alike can take to […]

The 2021 hay fever survival guide


Millions suffer from hay fever, and many will be acutely aware that the time of sneezes, itchy eyes and runny noses is upon us.  With warnings that the hay fever season is getting longer and worsening — and concerns about the confusing similarity between hay fever and Covid symptoms — here, experts explain everything you […]

Prisoner shoved part of a domino into his penis ‘to make masturbating better in jail’


Ex-prisoner who shoved part of a domino into his penis ‘to make masturbating better in jail’ is taken to A&E two years later after accidentally knocking the 1.5cm-long fragment during sex Ex-convict, 41, feared he had fractured his penis after it swelled up following sex He had knocked domino fragment which triggered severe bruising and infection  […]

Britain hits 50MILLION vaccines landmark


Britain has now dished out more than 50million Covid vaccines since the mammoth roll-out began in December, according to official figures. Department of Health bosses today posted another 250,000 jabs, meaning 34.6million people across the UK have had one and 15.5million – or 30 per cent of all adults – are fully inoculated.   Health Secretary Matt Hancock hailed the […]

Boris under pressure to fix foreign holidays FAST! Ministers urge PM to expand ‘green list’


Travel experts today insisted there is ‘no danger of an influx of disease’ into Britain after Boris Johnson warned that putting lots of countries on the travel ‘green list’ from May 17 could risk a jump in cases from abroad.     The Prime Minister has maintained Downing Street will be ‘cautious’ amid bitter Cabinet wrangling over […]

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 […]

From a simple toothpick to a hi-tech water jet, what works best for a deep clean of your gnashers? 


Despite NHS guidance recommending we clean between our teeth daily, according to a recent YouGov poll, only 31 per cent of us do so.  But what is the best product to use and how do you do it properly?  ADRIAN MONTI asked Mayur Pandya, a dentist and chief clinical officer of Together Dental dentist chain, […]

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) […]

Defective epithelial barriers linked to two billion chronic diseases — ScienceDaily


Epithelial cells form the covering of most internal and external surfaces of the human body. This protective layer acts as a defense against invaders — including bacteria, viruses, environmental toxins, pollutants and allergens. If the skin and mucosal barriers are damaged or leaky, foreign agents such as bacteria can enter into the tissue and cause […]

Amazon slammed for selling bogus homeopathy products made from the pus of syphilis blisters


Amazon is selling homeopathy products made from the pus of syphilis and scabies blisters, MailOnline can reveal.  The retail giant also offers pills comprising diseased human tissue, including breast cancer cells and urethral gonorrhea discharge, as well as sperm whale vomit. Critics today accused Amazon of misleading customers by allowing the listings to pose as […]

Covid testers can no longer get free lunches


Covid testers will be forced to mingle with the public to get their lunch under plans being devised by ministers, MailOnline can reveal. The Department of Health currently pays for sandwiches, drinks and snacks for all swabbers to ensure they remain on the testing site for their 12-hour shift. But officials have told Sodexo — […]

Findings indicate global warming could reduce biodiversity in tropics — ScienceDaily


The bulging, equator-belted midsection of Earth currently teems with a greater diversity of life than anywhere else — a biodiversity that generally wanes when moving from the tropics to the mid-latitudes and the mid-latitudes to the poles. As well-accepted as that gradient is, though, ecologists continue to grapple with the primary reasons for it. New […]

EVE SIMMONS: Why the NHS must stop treating people with anorexia like prisoners


Six years ago, at the age of 23, I sat cross-legged on a hospital bed, screaming – wailing – for my mummy. A nurse shooed my distraught mother out of the room as we reached for each other’s hands. She wasn’t allowed to say goodbye. There were metal bars on the windows. I tried to […]

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: Can eating too much be a sign your body lacks nutrients?


For most people, the past 12 months have been really tough, but some businesses have thrived — it seems 2020 was a fantastic year for supplement manufacturers, with nearly £500 million in UK sales, up a record 14 per cent compared with 2019. We swallowed their products in record numbers partly because we’re all more […]

TSA will require masks on planes, buses and trains through September 13


Americans will have to keep wearing masks on all public transit including planes, trains and buses, the federal Transportation Security Authority (TSA) announced Friday.  The prior mandate, which applies to all public transportation, was set to expire in May.  Last week, officials said they were debating whether or not to reinstate a mask mandate on […]

Combining solar panels and lamb grazing increases land productivity, study finds — ScienceDaily


Land productivity could be greatly increased by combining sheep grazing and solar energy production on the same land, according to new research by Oregon State University scientists. This is believed to be the first study to investigate livestock production under agrivoltaic systems, where solar energy production is combined with agricultural production, such as planting agricultural […]

Team builds better tool for assessing infant brain health — ScienceDaily


Researchers have created a new, open-access tool that allows doctors and scientists to evaluate infant brain health by assessing the concentration of various chemical markers, called metabolites, in the brain. The tool compiled data from 140 infants to determine normal ranges for these metabolites. Published in the journal NMR in Biomedicine, the study describes an […]

How your tears may soon help save your life


Here’s a good reason to start crying with happiness: your tears could soon save your life by providing an early warning of cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease. In future, they may even predict your risk of developing Alzheimer’s. And tears are not the only bodily secretions that are being used in a new generation of […]

Knowing how many people live and thrive at high altitude key for researchers — ScienceDaily


New findings detailing the world’s first-of-its-kind estimate of how many people live in high-altitude regions, will provide insight into future research of human physiology. Dr. Joshua Tremblay, a postdoctoral fellow in UBC Okanagan’s School of Health and Exercise Sciences, has released updated population estimates of how many people in the world live at a high […]

Ship traffic dropped during first months of COVID pandemic — ScienceDaily


Ship movements on the world’s oceans dropped in the first half of 2020 as Covid-19 restrictions came into force, a new study shows. Researchers used a satellite vessel-tracking system to compare ship and boat traffic in January to June 2020 with the same period in 2019. The study, led by the University of Exeter (UK) […]

Study links hydraulic fracking with increased risk of heart attack hospitalization, death — ScienceDaily


The Marcellus Formation straddles the New York State and Pennsylvania border, a region that shares similar geography and population demographics. However, on one side of the state line unconventional natural gas development — or fracking — is banned, while on the other side it represents a multi-billion dollar industry. New research takes advantage of this […]

Antimicrobial resistant bacteria getting into watershed — ScienceDaily


It’s well established that infectious disease is the greatest threat to the endangered chimpanzees made famous by the field studies of Jane Goodall at Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Now, new research led by scientists at Emory University shows that nearly half of the fecal samples from wild chimpanzees contain bacteria that is resistant to […]

An ‘accidental discovery’ confirms what simulations show — ScienceDaily


Analysis of data from a lightning mapper and a small, hand-held radiation detector has unexpectedly shed light on what a gamma-ray burst from lightning might look like — by observing neutrons generated from soil by very large cosmic-ray showers. The work took place at the High Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Cosmic Ray Observatory in Mexico. […]

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), […]

Having a sweet tooth could lead to heart disease and death in middle age, study finds


Having a sweet tooth could lead to heart disease and an early death, a study has suggested. University of Oxford scientists tracked 116,000 people’s eating habits for up to 15 years and checked whether they had been admitted to hospital or died.  They found people who regularly indulged in chocolate bars and sugary drinks were more […]

TSA is debating whether to extend mask mandate on public transportation


TSA is debating whether to extend mask mandate on planes, buses and other public transportation before rule ends next month An official told CNN that the TSA is consulting experts on whether to extend the federal mask  mandate for public transit  The three-month Biden administration order was issued in February and is set to expire next […]

Reduced emissions from halving drainage depths would be equivalent to 1% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gases — ScienceDaily


Substantial cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions could be achieved by raising water levels in agricultural peatlands, according to a new study in the journal Nature. Peatlands occupy just three per cent of the world’s land surface area but store a similar amount of carbon to all terrestrial vegetation, as well as supporting unique biodiversity. […]

Why climate change is driving some to skip having kids — ScienceDaily


When deciding whether to have children, there are many factors to consider: finances, support systems, personal values. For a growing number of people, climate change is also being added to the list of considerations, says a University of Arizona researcher. Sabrina Helm, an associate professor in the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in […]

Droplets containing urine and faeces from a flushing toilet stay in the air for up to 20 seconds


Tiny droplets which can harbour small pieces of urine, faeces, vomit and viruses float into the air at mouth-level after a toilet is flushed, a new study has warned. It shows that tens of thousands of particles are spewed into the air by a flush and can rise several feet above the ground.  Droplets were […]

Drug addict ‘strangled’ his penis after metal ring became stuck


Drug addict, 36, who fashioned a homemade sex toy with a metal ring accidentally STRANGLED his penis and testicles with it for 12 hours causing them to turn blue and swell – before it was eventually cut off with a SAW Drug addict, 36, wore a penis ring for 12 hours causing penile strangulation  He […]

Review summarizes known links between endocrine disruptors and breast cancer risk — ScienceDaily


Exposure to certain endocrine-disrupting chemicals could elevate the risk of breast cancer, according to a new comprehensive systematic review of epidemiological research. However, for many chemicals, evidence is inconsistent or still limited. The review was carried out by researchers at the universities of Hong Kong and Eastern Finland and published in Critical Reviews in Food […]

Study explores flushing power to test risk of COVID-19 transmission — ScienceDaily


Flushing a toilet can generate large quantities of microbe-containing aerosols depending on the design, water pressure or flushing power of the toilet. A variety of pathogens are usually found in stagnant water as well as in urine, feces and vomit. When dispersed widely through aerosolization, these pathogens can cause Ebola, norovirus that results in violent […]

The new model may have applications for studying and predicting a range of dynamical systems — ScienceDaily


The dynamics of the neural activity of a mouse brain behave in a peculiar, unexpected way that can be theoretically modeled without any fine tuning, suggests a new paper by physicists at Emory University. Physical Review Letters published the research, which adds to the evidence that theoretical physics frameworks may aid in the understanding of […]

Can the new cheeses with added probiotics, protein and charcoal really be gouda for your health? 


Sales of cheese — one of the UK’s favourite comfort foods — were up by a massive 15 per cent at the height of the pandemic last year, according to market researcher Kantar.  While many of us find cheese delicious, it does tend to be packed with fat, calories and salt. So could one of the […]

Dr MAI THI NGUYEN-KIM on the hidden chemistry that rules our lives and loves


As a chemist, sometimes I feel like the mother of an ugly child whose beauty only I can see ‘Chemistry’ is more than just a throwaway word when discussing relationships. In fact, it is key not only to what’s going on around us but also inside our bodies, as a compelling new book explains.  Written […]

Are you suffering from pain-somnia and waking up in agony? Here’s how to beat it


Crying children, noisy neighbours, a weak bladder — the things that can wake us in the night are numerous. But for some, there is another troubling cause — pain. Painsomnia is a medical condition where people go to bed in relative comfort but as they sleep their pain builds and wakes them up. The number […]

Nearly all children will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines by the first quarter of 2022, Fauci says 


Dr Anthony Fauci said he believes nearly all children in the U.S. will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccines by the start of 2022.  Speaking with CNN, Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that he would not be surprised if high schoolers were vaccinated over the summer before […]

Mother who was given five per cent chance of survival loses four limbs


A brave mother who had four limbs amputated and was given a five per cent chance of surviving after contracting sepsis admits she ‘wished she was dead’ due to the illness. Allison Friday, 56, from Hartlepool, County Durham, was put into a coma in February last year and her family was told to prepare for the […]

New study suggests need to reconsider current disinfection, sanitation and hygiene practices — ScienceDaily


Clusters of a virus known to cause stomach flu are resistant to detergent and ultraviolet disinfection, according to new research co-led by Danmeng Shuai, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the George Washington University and Nihal Altan-Bonnet, Ph.D., a senior investigator and the head of the Laboratory of Host-Pathogen Dynamics at […]

Lipid research may help solve COVID-19 vaccine challenges — ScienceDaily


New research by University of Texas at Dallas scientists could help solve a major challenge in the deployment of certain COVID-19 vaccines worldwide — the need for the vaccines to be kept at below-freezing temperatures during transport and storage. In a study published online April 13 in Nature Communications, the researchers demonstrate a new, inexpensive […]

Coronavirus: One in 10 positive lateral flow tests in England turn out wrong when people retest


At least one in 10 positive results given by rapid lateral flow coronavirus tests were wrong in March, Public Health England has admitted. Since self-testing kits were put into mass use when schools in England reopened last month, 3,248 positive results have been found to be false by follow-up swab tests.  The controversial kits, which have […]

Findings show types of fats matter when it comes to gut well-being — ScienceDaily


A team of UBC Okanagan researchers has determined that the type of fats a mother consumes while breastfeeding can have long-term implications on her infant’s gut health. Dr. Deanna Gibson, a biochemistry researcher, along with Dr. Sanjoy Ghosh, who studies the biochemical aspects of dietary fats, teamed up with chemistry and molecular biology researcher Dr. […]

Scientists develop biofuel cells that can power wearable electronics purely by using human sweat — ScienceDaily


Wearable electronic devices and biosensors are great tools for health monitoring, but it has been difficult to find convenient power sources for them. Now, a group of scientists has successfully developed and tested a wearable biofuel cell array that generates electric power from the lactate in the wearer’s sweat, opening doors to electronic health monitoring […]

Nexus of climate change, sustainable seafood — ScienceDaily


A new study published in Elementa by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and NOAA examines traditional aspects of seafood sustainability alongside greenhouse gas emissions to better understand the “carbon footprint” of U.S. tuna fisheries. Fisheries in the United States are among the best managed in the world, thanks to ongoing efforts to […]

Practicing ‘mindfulness’ in summer camp benefits campers and counselors alike — ScienceDaily


With summer around the corner, a project shows how implementing an evidence-based mindfulness program in a summer camp setting decreases emotional distress in school age children and empowers campers and counselors alike — enhancing camper-counselor relationships. Mindfulness — a state of consciousness that fosters awareness — has the potential to help regulate emotions and behaviors. […]

Experts’ medicine cabinet essentials: The shopping list to keep your family healthy


The past year has taught us the importance of a stocked medicine cabinet.  Whatever health problem you face —from cuts and stings to a thumping headache or even mild symptoms of Covid, such as fever — it is vital to have the correct, up-to-date products to hand.  And it’s equally important to have them organised […]

Eat your way to a dreamy sleep: The secret to a good night’s rest lies in the ‘brain’ in your gut


What you eat and when you eat it has an enormous effect on your body clock, your sleep and, by extension, how many years you will live.  By ‘eat’ we mean pretty much anything you take in — food, beverages, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, medication, herbal remedies and supplements. Each play a role in either keeping […]

UMD-led study warns cascading effects of salts require coordinated management and regulation to avoid contaminating natural resources — ScienceDaily


When winter storms threaten to make travel dangerous, people often turn to salt, spreading it liberally over highways, streets and sidewalks to melt snow and ice. Road salt is an important tool for safety, because many thousands of people die or are injured every year due to weather related accidents. But a new study led […]

Why do I cough all the time as if I have to clear my throat? DR ELLIE CANNON answers your questions 


I constantly feel as if I have phlegm stuck in my throat. I’m always coughing to try to clear it, and I also suffer terrible breath. What is wrong with me, and is there anything I can do? Feeling as though there’s phlegm always in the throat (something stuck in your throat is a different […]

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 […]

Gold dust in your contact lenses could help colour blindness, research shows 


Contact lenses made with millions of gold nanoparticles, no bigger than a speck of dust, could combat a common type of colour blindness. These ‘gold dust’ particles filter out certain wavelengths of light, so the brain can distinguish between different colours, particularly reds and greens, more easily. Around one in 12 men and one in […]

UK ‘has made great strides’ in reaching out to Covid vaccine sceptics, says minister


Britain ‘has made great strides’ in reaching out to coronavirus vaccine sceptics and boosting uptake among black people, a cabinet minister said today. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng blamed ‘misinformation’ and ‘people sharing things on social media’ for some getting scared of having jabs.  But he claimed there had already been ‘huge improvements’ in willingness to […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

The tuberculosis pathogen releases its toxin by a novel protein transport system — ScienceDaily


Six years ago, Michael Niederweis, Ph.D., described the first toxin ever found for the deadly pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This toxin, tuberculosis necrotizing toxin, or TNT, became the founding member of a novel class of previously unrecognized toxins present in more than 600 bacterial and fungal species, as determined by protein sequence similarity. The toxin is […]

Britain’s daily Covid cases are down 40% in a week with 2,762 infections


Britain’s daily Covid cases fall by 40% in a week with 2,762 infections – while deaths are up slightly to 26 Department of Health officials posted another 2,762 positive tests and 26 laboratory-confirmed fatalities For comparison, 4,654 coronavirus infections and 23 deaths were recorded across Britain last Monday Day-to-day figures fluctuate and the overall trend […]

Government must invest in adequate water systems to reduce mosquito habitats — ScienceDaily


Dengue risk is exacerbated in highly populated areas of Brazil after extreme drought because of improvised water containers housing mosquitoes, suggests a new study in Lancet Planetary Health. The research was led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s (LSHTM) Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health and Centre for the Mathematical Modelling […]

Why 2020 was the year of marvellous medicine


A year ago, the world was in the grip of a deadly and, seemingly, unstoppable virus and the UK went into its first lockdown.  Since then, vaccines and life-saving drugs to counter Covid have been the focus of international attention.  But the past year has also seen major developments in treatments for cancer, diabetes, multiple […]

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 […]

CDC tells businesses to ‘end the hygiene theater’


It’s time to stop obsessively Clorox-ing every surface and object, U.S. health officials announced Monday.   An army of sanitizing robots, round-the-clock cleaning staffs and UV lamp-wielding workers is being called off by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has deemed the risk of contracting COVID-19 by touching surfaces ‘low.’  Schools, businesses, and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Social media rallies thousands to sign up for bone marrow in effort to help a mother and son team beat cancer


For California mom Kimberly Crompton, the painful realization “hit like a ton of bricks.” Breathless, shocked, and overwhelmed, Crompton tells CNN she could not believe what doctors were saying on the other side of the phone. For over a year, this mom of three has been in a fierce race against time to save her […]

Georgia boat rescue: 4 children and 2 adults were rescued off the Georgia coast


The 17-foot boat was near the entrance to the St. Marys River on the Florida-Georgia border when it hit something and started taking on water, the Nassau County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. The US Coast Guard cutter Sea Dragon was returning from offshore and launched a small boat crew to rescue […]

Myanmar’s UN ambassador fired after anti-coup speech as military intensifies crackdown on protesters


State television MRTV announced Kyaw Moe Tun’s removal on Saturday evening local time, saying he had “abused the power and responsibilities of a permanent ambassador” and that he “betrays the country.” Speaking to Reuters following his firing, Kyaw Moe Tun said that he “decided to fight back as long as I can.” The announcement came […]

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 […]

Stimulus package update: House passes Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package


The final vote tally was 219-212. Two Democrats broke ranks and voted against the bill: Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Jared Golden of Maine. The bill did not pass with bipartisan support as no Republicans voted for it. Now that the bill has passed the House it will next go to the Senate. Making the […]

Biden promises to help winter storm-battered Texas recover: ‘We’re in it for the long haul’


In his first official trip in the wake of a disaster, the President visited the Harris County Emergency Operations Center and later toured and met with volunteers at the Houston Food Bank, where first lady Jill Biden packaged food and water for the community earlier in the day. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, joined […]

Best coffee grinders of 2021


(CNN) —   You may agree with film director David Lynch’s proverbial maxim that “even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.” But if you can brew up a truly great cup o’ joe right in the comfort of your own kitchen? Well, who would say no to that? One […]

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 […]

Texas power outages: Mother who lost her three children in a fire after they were trying to stay warm speaks out


Jackie Pham Nguyen lost her mother, Loan Le, and her three children, Olivia, 11, Edison, 8, and Colette, 5 in a fire while trying to stay warm at her home in the Houston suburb of Sugarland during the power outages that crippled the state. When the power went out in her house, the family lit […]

The week in 43 photos


Law enforcement officers investigate the scene of Tiger Woods’ rollover crash in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, on Tuesday, February 23. The golf icon sustained serious leg injuries in the accident. Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock Members of Congress observe a moment of silence on the steps of the US Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. More than […]

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 […]

Traumatized and tired, nurses are quitting due to the pandemic


For 10 of her 12 years in nursing, Ellsworth was an indefatigable intensive care nurse. The work energized her, and she felt privileged to witness some of the most important moments of people’s lives, when their worlds shifted for better or worse. Though she did all she could to save them, she also found purpose […]

Best cold brew coffee makers of 2021


(CNN) —   There’s something revitalizing about an icy glass of caffeinated brew. For many, iced coffee is the coffee of choice, regardless of season or weather. There are several ways to make a delicious iced coffee, from simply chilling leftover hot coffee or making double-strength hot and pouring it over ice, to adding freshly […]

An educator in Mexico is inspiring children to protect nature


Not Maritza Morales Casanova. Morales Casanova grew up in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. An area of rich and vibrant biodiversity, it’s home to more than 7,300 animal species and over 2,300 plant varieties, some of which are found only here and nowhere else. However, the Yucatán ecosystem is threatened by land clearance for farming. Having witnessed […]

Texas bakery gives away thousands of dollars in groceries to help those hardest hit by storms


The storms left millions across Texas and the Mississippi Valley without power, water and access to food for days, beleaguered by freezing temperatures that began last Monday and stretched into the weekend. “It was devastating. That’s really the only word to describe it,” Jessica Tomberlin said. Jessica and her wife Janessa run Crema Bakery and […]

Nisolo sale: Save on shoes and accessories


(CNN) —   You know Nisolo for its ethically made shoes, accessories and leather goods, and now through March 1 you can snag all of the above at a discount. Shop Nisolo’s Semi-Annual Sale for up to 60% off some of the brand’s most popular styles, and take an additional 16% off full-price items with […]

Republicans begin new push against Biden’s Covid-19 relief plan 


Sen. John Thune speaks during a news conference in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, February 23. Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call/AP Images Republican leaders in both chambers are maneuvering to keep all of their members in line against the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief plan, a move that would deny President Biden a bipartisan victory and one […]

Texas storm recovery: Some Texans still don’t have water while others must change electric providers while others


At least 29 Texans were killed during the storm. That’s more than half of the 56 weather-related deaths nationally. While most Texas now have power, some of their electric providers will no longer be available. And more than 7 million people have water disruptions, including warnings to boil water before using it or having no […]

The Best Tote Bags of 2021


(CNN) —   Don’t underestimate the impact a good tote bag can have on your day. Whether you’re heading to work with your laptop in tow or going on a grocery run with all your everyday essentials looped under your arm, you want to make sure you pick one that properly suits your needs. But […]

Pandemic stress is causing paranoia


“What do you need it for? What are you going to do with it?” my colleague asked me, Zoom eyes wide with fear. “Whoa there,” I wanted to say. There was no need to get concerned. I had simply asked a coworker for a straightforward piece of information that in normal times would have evoked […]

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton traveled to Utah during devastating winter storms


Paxton’s campaign spokesperson, Ian Prior, would not tell CNN when the couple had departed or returned but said the attorney general “did not leave Texas until after power had returned to most of the state, including his own home.” “Attorney General Paxton attended a previously planned meeting with the attorney general of Utah to discuss […]

AirPods Max vs. AirPods Pro: Which AirPods are for you?


(CNN) —   Apple’s AirPods have gone from a single pair of industry-leading earbuds to an entire product family in just a few short years. There have never been more options when it comes to getting a high quality pair of Apple headphones in or around your ears — to the point where you might […]

Texas still reeling from devastating winter storms and for some, recovery could take months


“We used everything we had on (a) hotel this week,” Ware told CNN affiliate KTRK. “After this, it’s like, where are we going to go?” “For many people in our city with means, with insurance, this week has been a significant inconvenience, but they have the means and ability to quickly transition and move forward,” […]

Hadaka Matsuri: Japan’s famed Naked Festival cancelled for all but a select few


(CNN) — This time a year ago, thousands gathered for Japan’s annual Hadaka Matsuri — also popularly known as the “Naked Festival”– in Okayama prefecture in the southern part of Honshu island. In today’s climate of social distancing, the video highlights from last year’s event (see above) are a surreal reminder of how much has […]

Myanmar military warns protesters could suffer ‘loss of life’ ahead of planned mass strike


“It is found that protesters have raised their incitement towards riot and anarchy mob on the day of 22 February. Protesters are now inciting the people, especially emotional teenagers and youths, to a confrontation path where they will suffer the loss of life,” the State Administration Council — the name for the military junta now […]

AOC raises nearly $5 million in Texas relief efforts


The New York Democrat launched her fundraiser Thursday after extreme cold weather, ice and snow caused the power grid managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to fail — leading to rolling blackouts and a boil-water advisory for nearly half of Texas. The fundraiser had hit $1 million by Thursday evening. The next […]

Ted Cruz: Senator’s Cancun trip criticized by Texas GOP congressman: ‘When a crisis hits my state…I’m not going to go on some vacation’


“Look, when a crisis hits my state, I’m there. I’m not going to go on some vacation,” McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs committee, told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” Sunday. “I know Mr. Cruz called it a mistake and he’s owned up to that, but I think that […]

Texas congressman says emergency aid will help Texans pay high energy bills charged after deep freeze


“Yes, that’s the current plan with the federal assistance — be able to help the homeowners both repair, because we have a lot of water leaks, a lot of water damage, pipes bursting, but also their electricity bills as well,” Texas Rep. Michael McCaul told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” when asked […]

Texas outages: About half of Texans still have issues with their water supply


Winter storms wreaking havoc in the US Mark Majkrzak gives out water bottles to people in Austin, Texas, on Friday, February 19. Majkrzak, the founder of Rain Pure Mountain Spring Water, said he drove from Georgia to deliver the water. Winter storms wreaking havoc in the US Brendan Waldon repairs a utility pole in Odessa, […]

Fox News blamed windmills as Texas power failed


“This week showed that the problem of parallel news universes — the problem of alternative realities of information — does not just apply to politics,” CNN’s Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter said on “Reliable Sources” Sunday. “It even applies to the weather.” Some on Fox News blamed frozen wind turbines — which make up nearly […]

Opinion: Ted Cruz isn’t the only issue in Texas


Nearly a year ago, the Covid-19 pandemic began bringing death, disease and economic distress to millions of households. But the disaster hasn’t come alone — a host of others have struck the US in the past 12 months. The 2020 hurricane season broke the record for the number of major storms, forcing meteorologists to dip […]

Texas weather: Here’s how a week of frigid weather and catastrophe unfolded in Texas


But many Texans have only just begun recovering from the unprecedented devastation that the brutal winter storms unleashed over the past seven days. At least 26 people died across the state since February 11. Millions lost their power, forcing families to huddle over a fireplace, scavenge for firewood or spend nights in their car trying […]