Millionaires, rejoice! It turns out that money can, in fact, buy happiness. And a new study suggests more is better, with well-being rising as earnings grow. “Having more money gives people a greater sense of control over life,” said study author Matthew Killingsworth. The finding stems from more than 1.7 million real-time reports of well-being…  read on >  read on >

A day after his inauguration, President Joe Biden plans to unveil a new, far-reaching pandemic response plan. He’ll also issue executive orders that aim to ramp up the production and distribution of COVID-19 tests and vaccines, make schools and travel safer, and help states fight the spread of coronavirus. “We’ll press forward with speed and…  read on >  read on >

You may think that cats crave the plants catnip and silver vine because it makes them feel euphoric, and that’s true. Yet new research indicates felines also use the plants for another key reason: to keep mosquitoes at bay. Silver vine, a catnip alternative, grows in China and Japan. Researchers began by identifying that one…  read on >  read on >

Just over 200,000 Americans have the autoimmune disorder lupus, and minority women are at highest risk, according to a new study. It’s the first estimate of how widespread the disease is in the United States. The number comes close to reclassifying lupus as a rare disease, defined as an illness affecting 200,000 Americans or fewer,…  read on >  read on >

Menopause is known to bring a variety of unpleasant symptoms ranging from hot flashes to insomnia. Yet, for those who have a condition known as premature ovarian insufficiency (POI), it is much worse, researchers report. The new study examined the impact of POI, in which ovarian function stops and leads to menopause before the age…  read on >

The tragic milestone was reached before a COVID-19 memorial service began in the nation’s capital Tuesday evening: More than 400,000 Americans have now died from the new coronavirus. “To heal, we must remember,” President-elect Joe Biden said during the lighted vigil for coronavirus victims at the Lincoln Memorial. “And it’s hard sometimes to remember. But…  read on >  read on >