Research on link between Zika and birth defects expected by May Saturday, February 20th, 2016

BRASILIA/GENEVA, (REUTERS): Two US-Brazilian studies will have initial results by May on whether the Zika virus spreading through the Americas is causing birth defects and other neurological disorders, a senior US public health official said on Friday. The studies seek to confirm that the..

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FDA recommends ban on blood collections from Zika-affected areas Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

WASHINGTON, (REUTERS): The US Food and Drug Administration recommended on Tuesday that blood should no longer be collected from regions where the Zika virus is circulating, and that blood needed for transfusions be obtained from areas of the country without active transmission. The agency said..

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Two die, 18 fallen ill due to diarrhea Monday, February 15th, 2016

DAILEKH: Two children died and sixteen others have been taken ill due to diarrhea in the district. The deceased are Anjal BK, the seven-months old grandchild of Nain Tiruwa of Tolijasisi-8 and Krishna BK, eight-month-old grandchild of Mandire Tiruwa of the same place. They died while undergoing..

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Zika virus may hide in organs protected from the immune system Saturday, February 13th, 2016

CHICAGO, (REUTERS): The Zika virus may be particularly adept at entrenching itself in parts of the body that are shielded from the immune system, making it harder to fight off and possibly lengthening the timeframe in which it can be transmitted, top US experts said on Friday. Researchers reported..

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Supa Net distributed in Banke Friday, February 12th, 2016

NEPALGUNJ: The locals of 15 different VDCs in Banke district that are at high risk of malaria disease have been given ‘Supa Net’ from the Nepal Red Cross Society, Banke chapter. Some 60,000 nets are distributed to all families in Laxmanpur, Katkuyiya, Kalaphanta, Narainapur, Gangapur,..

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IOC medical chief seeks to allay Zika fears Thursday, February 11th, 2016

LONDON, (AP): Seeking to calm fears over the Zika outbreak, the IOC medical director tells The Associated Press that “everything that can be done is being done” to combat the virus in Brazil and provide safe conditions for athletes at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Richard Budgett says..

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Zika found in saliva,urine in Brazil; US offers sex advice Sunday, February 7th, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, (REUTERS): Authorities in Brazil said on Friday Zika has been detected in patients’ saliva and urine, adding to the concern over the spread of the virus, while US officials offered new guidance on sex for people returning from Zika-hit regions. Zika, linked to thousands of birth..

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Brazil finds Zika in saliva, urine; expert warns against kissing Saturday, February 6th, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO, (REUTERS): Scientists identified the Zika virus in the saliva and urine of two infected patients, a top Brazilian biomedical research institution said on Friday, prompting its president to urge pregnant women not to kiss strangers just as local carnival celebrations begin. The..

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Zika has been sexually transmitted in Texas, CDC confirms Thursday, February 4th, 2016

By Sandee LaMotte, (CNN): The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday updated its Zika virus guidance for pregnant women, advising them to protect themselves if their male sexual partner has traveled to or lives in an area where Zika virus is circulating. "Until we know more, if..

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Africa, Asia vulnerable to spread of Zika virus: WHO Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

(REUTERS): The Zika virus linked to a microcephaly outbreak in Latin America could spread to Africa and Asia, with the world’s highest birth rates, the World Health Organization warned as it launched a global response unit against the new emergency. The WHO on Monday declared an international..

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WHO says extremely alarmed by Zika, could reach 4 million cases Thursday, January 28th, 2016

GENEVA, (REUTERS): The World Health Organization (WHO) expects the Zika virus, which is spreading through the Americas, to affect between three million and four million people, a disease expert said on Thursday. The WHO’s director-general said the spread of the mosquito-borne disease had gone..

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Global health body under pressure to stop Zika virus

BY JULIE STEENHUYSEN AND STEPHANIE NEBEHAY, CHICAGO/GENEVA, (REUTERS): The World Health Organization will hold a special session on Thursday on the Zika virus as the U.N. agency comes under pressure for quick action against the infection linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil that is..

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Danish hospital says case of Zika virus discovered Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

HELSINKI, (AP): A Danish tourist has been infected by the Zika virus after visiting southern and central America, Danish hospital officials say, but authorities said Wednesday it was not the first case in Europe. In a statement Tuesday, the Aarhus University Hospital said the patient ran a fever,..

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Smoking Lowers Breast Cancer Survival, Study Finds

By Kathleen Doheny, (HealthDay News): Women diagnosed with breast cancer who continue to smoke cigarettes are less likely to survive than those who never smoked or those who quit, new research finds. The study suggests that it's never too late to quit smoking to help boost cancer survival. "Women..

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Sexually active U.S. teens, young adults not getting HIV tests Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

BY LISA RAPAPORT, (Reuters): Most U.S. high school students and young adults who have sex don’t get HIV tests, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, just 22 percent of high school students and 33 percent of young adults aged 18 to 24 who..

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It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..