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More test positive on cruise ship as virus death toll tops 2,000

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:28:36 -0500

Hundreds of passengers stuck for weeks on the coronavirus-plagued Diamond Princess in Japan are finally getting their freedom, even as dozens more test positive.

Coronavirus economic hit could exceed $1 trillion

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 15:18:43 -0500

Companies from Apple to Puma say outbreak is hurting sales, but economists warn the toll could be much steeper.

Officials are using lessons from past outbreaks to fight coronavirus

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 12:50:31 -0500

When a deadly virus arrives in the U.S., health officials follow a road map.

Japanese official defends country's quarantine of cruise ship

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 12:45:55 -0500

As of Wednesday, 621 people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus.

Social media’s role in spreading coronavirus misinformation

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 09:38:03 -0500

Social media has fueled the spread of misinformation about the coronavirus. Tanya Basu, a senior reporter covering humans and technology at MIT Technology Review, joined CBSN AM to talk about the scope of the problem.

New study shows that lack of sleep can lead to overeating

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 09:17:03 -0500

A new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association reveals that lack of sleep can lead to overeating, and a diet with more sugar and caffeine. The CDC says one third of adults do not get enough sleep. Dr. Carol Ash, a sleep specialist with RWJBarnabas Health, joins CBS This Morning.

What can past infectious disease outbreaks teach us about the coronavirus?

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 09:15:03 -0500

The coronavirus outbreak is still spreading around the world, with Iran confirming its first two cases overnight. What can past infectious disease outbreaks teach us about the coronavirus? Chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook reports.

Coronavirus deaths top 2,000 as number of cases hits 75,000

Wed, 19 Feb 2020 05:50:16 -0500

World Health Organization hesitant to declare disease in decline as experts warn there could be thousands of mild cases lurking around the globe.

Preschooler with leukemia surprises classmates with visit

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 20:25:00 -0500

Riley is now in remission, but she's still receiving biweekly chemo treatments.

Hundreds of Americans released from two-week coronavirus quarantine

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 19:36:02 -0500

Hundreds of American evacuees from China boarded buses on military bases in both Northern and Southern California after an exhausting two weeks in federal quarantine. Meanwhile, more cases were reported today as the infection count tops 73,000 worldwide with more than 2,000 deaths. Carter Evans reports.

Wall Street's fear: Coronavirus "to get worse before it gets better"

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:14:59 -0500

Analysts sounding alarm about over-priced stocks, saying investors underestimate extent of outbreak's potential impact.

Artificial intelligence aims to improve breast cancer diagnoses

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 13:43:03 -0500

A recent study found that false positive breast biopsies cost the healthcare system over $2 billion per year. According to the National Cancer Institute, mammograms miss about 20% of breast cancers while one in 10 women receive a false positive result. Jamie Yuccas spoke with researchers at Google and UCLA who have developed an artificial intelligence program to help better diagnose mammograms and biopsies. Dr. Susan Drossman joins "CBS This Morning" to explain the need for the new technology.

Hospital director in Wuhan, China dies of coronavirus

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 13:00:39 -0500

Wuchang Hospital director Liu Zhiming had worked tirelessly to contain the outbreak since the beginning.

Hundreds of Americans from virus-hit cruise ship flown back to U.S.

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 12:23:49 -0500

Planes carrying more than 300 people arrived at military bases, with some of the evacuees already having tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Americans set to be released after coronavirus quarantine

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 08:10:03 -0500

Hundreds of Americans have returned to the U.S. after being quarantined on a cruise ship over the coronavirus outbreak. Of the evacuees, 14 began showing symptoms of the disease on the journey back home. Carter Evans breaks down the latest information from Travis Air Force Base where the first group of evacuees is set to be released.

Americans exposed to coronavirus back in the U.S.

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 22:21:02 -0500

Hundreds of Americans exposed to the coronavirus are back in the U.S., evacuated by the State Department from a cruise ship in Japan. Fourteen of those Americans tested positive for coronavirus. Carter Evans reports.

U.S. companies in China struggle to find workers as virus rages

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 18:43:42 -0500

Some factories don't have enough masks or gloves to protect employees from the potentially lethal infection.

Chartered flights bring 14 coronavirus patients back to U.S.

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 16:19:03 -0500

Two U.S.-chartered jets carrying people who have been held in quarantine for nearly two weeks aboard a cruise ship landed in the country early Monday morning. The ship had been held off the coast of Japan over several coronavirus cases, 14 of which are U.S. citizens who are among the 340 returning. Debora Patta reports from Japan where some Americans are still quarantined aboard the ship.

U.S. evacuating Americans stuck on quarantined cruise ship

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 15:24:02 -0500

Outside of China, the Diamond Princess is the site of the biggest coronavirus outbreak.

Artificial intelligence aims to improve breast cancer diagnoses

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 13:05:35 -0500

In one test, the AI program outperformed doctors by close to 20% better accuracy.

Some American citizens forced to stay in Japan over coronavirus

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 10:03:03 -0500

Over 40 Americans diagnosed with coronavirus have been forced to stay in hospitals in Japan after two planes brought U.S. citizens who had not been showing symptoms at the time back to the country. Now, 14 people on the flights are diagnosed with the virus. Debora Patta reports on the latest coronavirus evacuation and what the passengers can expect as they return Monday morning.

Americans quarantined on cruise ship in Japan begin returning home

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 19:40:58 -0500

Dozens of Americans quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan who have not tested positive for the coronavirus are on their way home Sunday. They boarded two planes headed to Air Force bases in California and Florida. However, the situation on board the Diamond Princess is severe as a surge of infections remain. Deborah Patta reports.

Taking migraine seriously

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 13:12:45 -0500

About one in seven people lives with what's ranked as the second-most debilitating disease on the planet, but experts say research into its causes and treatments is dramatically underfunded.

Coronavirus quarantines sparks global fears over international impacts

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 12:44:44 -0500

CBS News foreign correspondent Deborah Patta provides the latest on the deadly impacts of coronavirus overseas.

The effects of migraine

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 10:02:02 -0500

About one in seven people live with what's ranked the second-most debilitating disease on the planet, right after back pain: migraine. Though the causes are unclear, migraine is a serious neurological disease that often runs in families. But the malady is not often taken seriously, in part because the headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, dizziness, and a host of other symptoms affect three times as many women as men. Correspondent Susan Spencer talks with migraine expert Dr. William Young; Linda Porter, of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about migraine research; Katherine Foxhall, author of "Migraine: A History"; and Cincinnati artist Priya Rama, whose migraine visions have become key to her art.

Book excerpt: "Migraine: A History"

Sun, 16 Feb 2020 09:40:44 -0500

Medical historian Katherine Foxhall writes of a disabling disease that is little understood, but which affects one out of seven people on Earth

Pangolin facing greater threat of extinction during coronavirus outbreak

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 19:22:58 -0500

The pangolin has spent most of its existence in obscurity, but after a group of Chinese scientists recently labeled the mammal as a potential transmitter of the novel coronavirus, they are facing a threat of extinction. Tom Hanson reports.

U.S. to evacuate Americans quarantined on Japan cruise ship due to coronavirus

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 19:21:03 -0500

Aircraft will be used to evacuate Americans quarantined by the coronavirus on a cruise ship in Japan. The voluntary evacuations begin Sunday, even as the virus continues to spread on board. Worldwide, tens of thousands of cases have been confirmed and more than 1,500 have died. Deborah Patta reports.

Texas resident becomes 15th U.S. coronavirus case

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 18:37:03 -0500

The CDC announced the U.S.' 15th coronavirus case found in Texas as Chinese officials confirm 64,000 sick with 1,400 dead from the virus. Japan also recently confirmed its first coronavirus death, as President Shinzo Abe vowed to ensure the safety of summer 2020's Tokyo Olympics. Carter Evans is tracking the global response to the worsening outbreak.

VA program helps elite warriors heal unseen wounds of war

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 17:00:10 -0500

For many service members, the program is the first time they've met with a therapist.

Program aims to help Syrian refugees recover from psychological trauma

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 08:54:02 -0500

Over 10 million people have been displaced by the nine year civil war in Syria, which shows no sign of ending. Millions of them have experienced psychological trauma, but may fear getting help because of a stigma associated with mental illness in the region. Help is also scarce, with less than 1% of aid dedicated to mental health. Michelle Miller traveled with an American aid worker to see a special program meant to address refugees’ mental health crisis.

CDC braces for a long fight as coronavirus toll mounts in China

Sat, 15 Feb 2020 07:58:54 -0500

The CDC says the new coronavirus could be around for at least another year.

CDC ramps up response to coronavirus

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 22:01:03 -0500

There are new cases of coronavirus being reported. The CDC is ramping up its response to the epidemic by setting up five labs around the country. Carter Evans has the latest.

California student stuck in China during coronavirus outbreak

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 15:44:52 -0500

Samson Adame, a 24-year-old Cal State Northridge student, has been in the Shandong Province of China since the coronavirus epidemic broke out.

Bullies attack Asian American teen, citing coronavirus

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 13:53:37 -0500

Because the coronavirus outbreak started in China, some misguided individuals are targeting Asians with discriminatory behavior or worse.

15th case confirmed in U.S. as China's cornavirus numbers soar

Fri, 14 Feb 2020 06:12:41 -0500

Chinese officials expanded the way they diagnose the disease, leading to the sudden increase in the figures, as a new case is confirmed in the U.S.

U.S. confirms 15th case of coronavirus

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 22:37:03 -0500

With a spike in the number of coronavirus cases, the CDC warns the deadly outbreak could continue into next year. There are at least 15 cases in the U.S. Carter Evans has the latest.

Whistleblower: Olympic Committee mishandles mental health cases

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:43:00 -0500

Dr. Bill Moreau worked inside the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee for 10 years.

Whistleblower says Olympic Committee needs to do more to address mental health

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:41:37 -0500

A former top medical official with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee is making stark allegations about the organization's handling of mental health. Dr. Bill Moreau alleges he was let go last May, partly in retaliation for his complaints about the issue. Dr. Jon LaPook reports.

How soon can scientists find a coronavirus vaccine?

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 19:12:00 -0500

Drug companies and labs worldwide are scrambling to come up with a vaccine to stop the deadly new virus.

County in Kansas jailing people over unpaid medical debt

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 16:40:17 -0500

Some Americans who are struggling to pay their medical bills are now facing jail time. In partnership with ProPublica, Meg Oliver reports on a town in Kansas where people are being put behind bars for falling behind on their payments.

County in Kansas is jailing people over unpaid medical debt

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:52:00 -0500

If two court hearings are missed on unpaid medical debt, the judge issues an arrest warrant for contempt of court.

A florist is selling anti-coronavirus bouquets for Valentine's Day

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 15:41:37 -0500

The bouquets include sanitizer, soap, and a mask and gloves.

Food giant Unilever will stop targeting kids in ads

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 14:54:55 -0500

Owner of brands including Ben & Jerry's and Popsicle cites spike in childhood obesity for marketing shift.

Boy dies of flu after mom seeks advice from anti-vax Facebook group

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 11:46:25 -0500

In a heartbreaking post, his mother says the child's doctor prescribed him Tamiflu, but she never picked it up.

U.S. cities and states with confirmed coronavirus cases

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 10:18:00 -0500

Seven states are currently treating people infected with coronavirus.

Medtronic recalls MiniMed insulin pumps after one death

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 09:48:01 -0500

FDA says the insulin pumps can deliver the wrong amount of insulin, a potentially serious health hazard.

China's coronavirus death toll reaches 254 in one day

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 07:55:35 -0500

China has reported 254 coronavirus-related deaths in a single day, more than doubling the previous single-day fatality record. Authorities in the country are now confirming cases based on lung scans rather than lab tests which could take days. Debora Patta reports on the increasing number of infections, including aboard cruise ships quarantined off the coast of several countries.

Coronavirus cases top 60,000 as death toll sharply rises

Thu, 13 Feb 2020 05:12:40 -0500

The jump came as Chinese officials broadened their definition of confirmed cases.

Ohio doctor gets threats over pro-vaccine video

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 21:36:01 -0500

One online user labeled her "Public Enemy #1", another commented that the pediatrician should "stop killing our kids with vaccines."