Unlike hours- long traditional procedures that cut into the center of the back and through muscles, removing full sections of bone, ESS is a 30-minute outpatient procedure that uses a seven-millimeter camera inserted through an incision smaller than the center of a penny.

Police are reaching out to villagers in northern India to investigate the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washing up on the Ganges River banks. There's been speculation on social media that they are the remains of COVID-19 victims. In jeeps and boats, police are using portable loudspeakers asking people not to dispose of bodies in rivers. On Friday, rains exposed the cloth coverings of bodies buried on the riverbank in Prayagraj, a city in Uttar Pradesh state. A state government spokesman on Sunday denied local media reports that more than 1,000 corpses of COVID-19 victims were recovered from rivers in the past two weeks. But others say COVID-19 deaths in the countryside are rising. 

Florida’s major amusement parks are adjusting their face mask policies after the federal government loosened its recommendations as more people get vaccinated for the coronavirus. Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando were allowed Saturday to remove their masks when they are outdoors except when they are on attractions, in line or riding transportation. Masks remain mandatory indoors except in restaurants when seated. Disney requires they be worn except when eating and drinking. SeaWorld Orlando and its sister park. Tampa’s Busch Gardens, are going even further, allowing guests who say they are fully vaccinated to to remove their masks throughout the parks. 

Britain has sent public health officials, backed by the army, to distribute coronavirus tests door-to-door in two northern England towns to contain a fast-spreading variant that threatens the country's lockdown-easing plans. Cases of a variant first identified in India have more than doubled in a week in Britain. Government scientific advisers say the variant is likely to be even more transmissible than the U.K.’s dominant strain, though it’s unclear by how much. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that the variant "could be a serious disruption to our progress.” He said the next stage of reopening the economy would take place as planned on Monday, but warned that the variant might delay plans to lift all restrictions on June 21.  

A large study finds that low-dose and regular-strength aspirin seem equally safe and effective for preventing additional heart problems in people who already have heart disease. Aspirin isn't recommended for healthy people because of a risk of bleeding. But a daily pill can lower the risk of blood clots and heart attacks in folks who already suffered a heart problem. The study sought to find which dose was best. About 15,000 people enrolled themselves and tracked their health online. The lower 81-milligram, or “baby aspirin,” dose was widely preferred. Results were presented at a cardiology conference and published in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

First lady Jill Biden says finally going mask-free feels like “we're moving forward.” A Republican senator says not wearing a mask “certainly helps the flow of conversation.” But the conversation on the House floor Friday neared sniping as lawmakers objected to being required to keep masking up until all 435 of them get their COVID-19 shots. Across Washington, the government is adjusting to new federal guidance that says fully vaccinated people can be mask-free in outdoor crowds and in most indoor settings. But on Capitol Hill, lawmakers have to keep wearing masks on the House floor, 

The head of U.S. Health and Human Services says reports of unaccompanied migrant children being forced to stay overnight in parked buses at the Dallas convention center are “completely unacceptable” if true. Secretary Xavier Becerra said Friday that the agency is investigating. It's unclear how many children were kept on buses overnight at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Dr. Amy Cohen, a psychiatrist and child advocate, says a 15-year-old Honduran boy she's working with was held from Saturday to Wednesday and that boy encountered at least three other children who were held as long. Transportation contractor MVM Inc. says one child was held beyond four hours.

Coronavirus infections among the New York Yankees team and staff underscore that the infections are possible even after vaccination. One player, three coaches and four staff members have tested positive since Sunday. All eight were vaccinated in April or March. Only one developed any symptoms. No vaccine works 100% of the time, so sometimes vaccinated people get infected or even sick. Experts say vaccination could help make any illnesses less severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says evidence so far indicates the vaccines in the U.S. protect against new versions of the virus.

First lady Jill Biden says finally going mask-free feels like “we're moving forward.” A Republican senator says not wearing a mask “certainly helps the flow of conversation.” But the conversation on the House floor Friday neared sniping as lawmakers objected to being required to keep masking up until all 435 of them get their COVID-19 shots. Across Washington, the government is adjusting to new federal guidance that says fully vaccinated people can be mask-free in outdoor crowds and in most indoor settings. But on Capitol Hill, lawmakers have to keep wearing masks on the House floor,