Zika Virus Outbreak Updates: Brazil’s President Calls Zika ‘Real Threat’ – ABC News

As the Zika virus outbreak continues, including in wide swaths of Central and South America, concerns are growing, especially for pregnant women because the mosquito-borne virus has been linked with a serious birth defect called microcephaly, characterized by an abnormally small head and brain. Here are the latest updates to what the World Health Organization […]

Brazil confirms Zika infection from a blood transfusion – Reuters

BRASILIA Brazilian health authorities confirmed on Thursday a case of transmission of Zika through a transfusion of blood from a donor who had been infected with the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading rapidly through the Americas. The health department of Campinas, an industrial city near Sao Paulo, said a man with gunshot wounds became infected […]

Shkreli laughs off questions from lawmakers, calls them ‘imbeciles’ – Reuters

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Former drug executive Martin Shkreli laughed off questions about drug prices and tweeted that lawmakers were imbeciles on Thursday, when he appeared at a U.S. congressional hearing against his will. Shkreli, 32, sparked outrage last year among patients, medical societies and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton after his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, raised the […]

New vaccines for HPV, meningitis recommended for kids and adults – CNN

“Parents need to know about it. … It strikes quickly, it’s unforgiving and it’s often deadly,” said Dr. Sandra Fryhofer, the American College of Physicians liaison to the ACIP. Parents and young adults should talk with their doctor about whether they should get the vaccine, she added. For the first time, the schedule includes advice […]

Genetic Cause of Rare ‘Allergy’ to Vibration Revealed – Laboratory Equipment

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have identified a genetic mutation responsible for a rare form of inherited hives induced by vibration, also known as vibratory urticaria. Running, hand clapping, towel drying or even taking a bumpy bus ride can cause temporary skin rashes in people with this rare disorder. By studying affected families, […]

WHO says on watch for spread of Zika virus to Africa, Asia – Reuters

GENEVA The Zika virus linked to a microcephaly outbreak in Latin America could spread to Africa and Asia, and the World Health Organization will set up monitoring sites in the poorest countries with the highest birth rates, it said on Tuesday. The WHO on Monday declared an international public health emergency due to Zika’s link […]

CDC Endorses A More Effective HPV Vaccine To Prevent Cancer – WGCU News

The updated childhood immunization schedule, released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, includes a couple tweaks to vaccine recommendations for older children and teens. One officially moves the recommendation for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine a few years earlier for children with a history of sexual abuse and officially recommends the HPV-9 […]

High-Fiber Diet May Help Lower Breast Cancer Risk – Huffington Post

Teenage girls and young women who eat a lot of foods high in fiber, such as fruits and vegetables, may have a lower risk of breast cancer later in life, a new study suggests. The researchers found that the women who consumed high amounts of fiber during early adulthood had a 12 to 19 percent […]

White House proposes new funding for heroin, prescription opioid abuse – USA TODAY

Manchester, New Hampshire Police Chief Enoch Willard (L) thanks Holly’s Song of Hope founder Tonda DaRe for telling her story while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the recent spike in heroin and prescription drug abuse and deaths in their communities during a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January […]

Chipotle Reports First Quarterly Results Since Food Scare – New York Times

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