Health


Birth defects linked to Zika virus still rising in Brazil
- January 22, 2016

Zika, a tropical virus spread by mosquitoes, is suspected of causing severe birth defects in Brazil and has since been found in Hawaii. "We'd like to suggest to all the women of fertile age that they take steps to plan their pregnancies, and avoid getting pregnant between this year and next", said Deputy Health Minister Eduardo Espinoza. (more...)
Detroit teachers stage sickout to protest working conditions as Obama visits
- January 22, 2016

Angry about classroom conditions, low pay and Lansing's inaction in the face of near-insolvency, DPS teachers staged their largest sickout yet Wednesday, closing 88 schools. And exactly what kind of education do they think these children are receiving in buildings that even Mayor Mike Duggan has described as heartbreaking with rats, overflowing classrooms that are either freezing or boiling, buckling floors, and ceiling tiles that are falling onto the heads of those below? In April 2014, ... (more...)
Lawmakers proclaim '#DSTRONG Day' to honor boy with cancer Lawmakers proclaim '#DSTRONG Day' to honor boy with cancer
- January 22, 2016

After being informed that Dorian lives is a native of Rhode Island , White offered to help him achieve his dream of becoming famous by putting him on TV during the UFC Fight Night 91 card, headlined by the bantamweight title clash between TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz. (more...)
Zika Virus Kills Five More Babies in Brazil
- January 22, 2016

Health experts are unsure why the virus detected in Africa in 1947 but unknown in the Americas until past year is spreading so rapidly in Brazil and neighboring countries. Zika virus often produces flu-like symptoms like fever, headaches and joint pain as well as skin rashes and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The virus was originally discovered in the 1940's in a monkey located in the Zika Forest in Uganda, but it wasn't until 2007 that multiple human cases presented themselves. (more...)
More pregnant women in US diagnosed with Zika virus
- January 21, 2016

Workers in Brazil are going door to door encouraging and educating residents about how to clean up standing water, which provides ideal breeding ground for the Zika-carrying mosquitoes. She was likely infected while living in Brazil, Hawaii health officials said. "So, we don't know a lot about it. It's not characterized well like dengue or chikungunya that has been around". (more...)
Brazil Zika Outbreak: More Babies Born With Birth Defects
- January 21, 2016

Sherin said it's possible local mosquitoes could pick up the virus if they bite an infected person. The Brazilian government has also announced that a research for developing a vaccine against the Zika virus is already funded while eradication of mosquito habitats continues. (more...)
Health Officials: 3 In Florida Have Zika Virus
- January 20, 2016

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. According to the Florida Department of Health , one case is out of Hillsborough County from a person who traveled to Venezuela. Two cases of Zika virus in Florida have been confirmed to be in Miami-Dade County, according to the Florida Department of Health. An IDPH spokesman would not say where in IL the infected pregnant women live, and would ot disclose their ages. (more...)
Threat prompts evacuations in Chichester School District in Delaware County Threat prompts evacuations in Chichester School District in Delaware County
- January 20, 2016

In the Chichester School District, home to six Delaware County schools in Upper Chichester, Marcus Hook, and Lower Chichester, the superintendent's office received a call shortly before 10 a.m. The person stated that he or other suspects were armed on the roof of the schools, intending to harm students and faculty. Woodbridge said that it was a teacher in-service day so no students were at the school. (more...)
Frigid air slows efforts to euthanize turkeys in Indiana Frigid air slows efforts to euthanize turkeys in Indiana
- January 20, 2016

Almost 120,000 turkeys have been killed on four farms so far, with six farms with about 121,000 turkeys left to euthanize. The Indiana State Department of Health is working with the Dubois County Health Department to monitor the health of workers who have had contact with infected birds to ensure they are healthy and verify that the H7N8 virus has not transmitted to people. (more...)
Ask pregnant women about trips to Zika outbreak areas — CDC
- January 20, 2016

Although travel to Zika hot spots still poses the most significant risk to Minnesotans, it's possible that the virus could spread locally under the right circumstances. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending pregnant women who have recently traveled to areas where Zika virus is transmitted be screened for the mosquito-borne disease. (more...)
Weekend 'catch-up' sleep can cut diabetes risk Weekend 'catch-up' sleep can cut diabetes risk
- January 20, 2016

Those extra hours in bed on a Sunday can now, finally, be guilt-free. The study subjects were given a controlled diet, which contrasts with what happens in the real world when people are sleep deprived. On one occasion, the participants were allowed to sleep normally - which typically entailed spending 8.5 hours in bed for four nights. The same group of men was also advised to sleep 8.5 hours for four nights as well for comparison. (more...)
Illinois pregnant women test positive for Zika virus
- January 20, 2016

Brazil's health ministry in November confirmed the Zika virus was linked to a fetal deformation known as microcephaly , in which infants are born with smaller-than-usual brains. Zika is a disease spread by mosquito bites, but is not transmitted human to human. State health officials say there are no locally acquired cases of the Zika Virus in Florida. (more...)
David Bowie Reportedly Cremated, Was Plotting a Post-'Blackstar' Album
- January 19, 2016

Sir Mick said: "David was always an inspiration to me and a true original". "David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer", read the official announcement on Facebook on Monday. (more...)
Iran: US-imposed missile test sanctions are 'illegitimate' Iran: US-imposed missile test sanctions are 'illegitimate'
- January 19, 2016

Five Iranian individuals and a number of companies based in China and the United Arab Emirates were added to the US blacklist as part of the new sanctions, according to the US Treasury. During his speech, the president also said that a fifth USA citizen student, Matthew Trevithick, imprisoned by Iran was released as well separately Saturday. (more...)
Mexico moving recaptured drug lord Guzman from cell to cell
- January 18, 2016

It came as text messages were released that suggested Guzman had been keen to meet Kate del Castillo, the Mexican actress, but had never heard of Penn . "It's a lie, absurd speculation from Mr Penn ", Juan Pablo Badillo, one of a team of lawyers for the drug lord, told Reuters in an interview Wednesday. (more...)
CDC warns pregnant women about Zika virus
- January 18, 2016

Women who can not avoid traveling should consult their doctors and take steps to avoid mosquito bites , such as wearing long sleeves and trousers. "We didn't feel we could wait". But women planning to have children soon should consider the risks when traveling to affected areas. In December, Brazil was the epicenter of a surge in newborn microcephaly, resulting in more than 2,400 cases and the unprecedented recommendation from health officials there that women don't get pregnant. (more...)
Zika virus cases spread in Latin America, Caribbean
- January 18, 2016

Late Friday, U.S. health officials said pregnant women should consider postponing trips to 14 destinations - Brazil , Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname and Venezuela. (more...)
Brazil to fund Zika virus vaccine development
- January 18, 2016

A doctor attending to the woman in Hawaii , who was infected with the Zika virus , was aware that there might be a possibility that the woman was infected with the Zika virus , and he notified state health officials. And the most unsafe time is during the first trimester, when women might not yet realize they are pregnant. "Will it take off in the United States?". (more...)
Brazil looks to develop Zika vaccine quickly
- January 18, 2016

Brazil has reported an estimated 1 million+ Zika virus infections to date and are investigating in excess of 3,500 microcephaly cases possibly linked to the mosquito borne virus and now the health ministry wants to get to work on a vaccine, and quickly. (more...)
U.S. gov't warns pregnant women against travel to countries with Zika virus
- January 18, 2016

As of Saturday, 17 Latin American and Caribbean countries and territories: Brazil , Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Martin, Suriname, Venezuela and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (more...)

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