REUTERS - This timeline charts the origin and spread of the Zika virus from its discovery in Uganda nearly 70 years ago: 1947 - Scientists researching yellow fever in Uganda's Zika Forest identify the virus in a rhesus monkey 1948 - Virus recovered from Aedes africanus mosquito in Zika Forest 1952
Global health officials have said that the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is rapidly spreading in the Americas and could infect up to 4 million people. The virus is transmitted to people through the bite of infected female Aedes mosquitoes
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's health ministry on Friday reported 4,314 suspected and confirmed cases of microcephaly, a birth defect causing an abnormally small head in newborns, up from 4,074 cases on February 2. Of those, 462 were confirmed as microcephaly and 41 were determined to be linked to
Beijing, Feb 13 (IANS) China's border province of Yunnan is on high alert for Zika virus, providing 24-hour laboratory tests, the media reported on Saturday Lu Lin, director of Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Yunnan, said on Friday that the centre is able to obtain the test result in
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency to fight mosquito borne illnesses including dengue fever and the Zika virus.
CAIRO (AP) — When a doctor at a Cairo hospital told a police officer that his cut didn't require stitches, the response was startling and brutal. Police beat up the doctor and a colleague and dragged them off into custody.
Brazil's health minister said Friday that authorities were "absolutely sure" that the Zika virus is connected to devastating birth defects and rejected criticism that the government was slow ...
By Julie Steenhuysen 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 U.S. experts said on Friday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The hospital where a black woman died after she was forcibly removed from the emergency room by a white police officer was cited for 10 "deficiencies," including failing to properly examine the woman when she complained of difficulty breathing, state health officials
After a massive study linking tens of thousands of modern people's medical records to their genetic histories, certain genes inherited from Neanderthals have been linked to psychiatric disorders, blood clotting and addictive behaviors, researchers said Friday. The legacy of human ancestors from
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fast-food chains would get some relief from government rules on listing calories for things like bacon-wrapped deep dish pizza or double cheeseburgers under legislation the House approved on Friday.
Eating foods rich in vitamin D during pregnancy could reduce a child's risk of developing allergies by up to 25%, according to an American study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Given the recent increase in the number
ATLANTA (AP) — The state of Georgia has agreed to pay to settle a lawsuit filed by a former transgender inmate whose case drew the attention of the Justice Department after she complained prison officials didn't provide adequate treatment for her gender identity condition.
ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Police in Pennsylvania say a 3-year-old boy suffered serious burns when a one-pot methamphetamine lab exploded.
Major and regional powers have pledged to help speed aid deliveries to besieged towns in Syria, but it is a very difficult and complicated process, the chairman of the working group said after its first meeting on Friday. The group, which includes Syria's allies Russia and Iran, had given "
GENEVA (AP) — Possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials, the World Health Organization said Friday as it advised pregnant women to consider delaying travel to areas where the mosquito-borne virus has turned up amid concerns it may be linked to abnormally small heads in
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio-based grocery chain Kroger Co. said Friday it will make the overdose-reversal drug naloxone available without a prescription in its pharmacies across Ohio and northern Kentucky, a region hard-hit by deadly heroin.
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a "cessation of hostilities", a U.N. spokesman said on Friday, but plans to reconvene the negotiations were still "cloudy".
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Classes and weekend activities have been canceled at Ursinus College in eastern Pennsylvania as the school deals with a mystery illness that has sickened more than 190 students.
Countries backing the U.S.- and Russian-led plan for a cessation of hostilities in Syria have requested access to besieged towns and expect approval from the warring parties without delay, the group's chairman Jan Egeland said on Friday. The "Task Force on Humanitarian Access in Syria"
At least a dozen research groups are now working on developing a Zika virus vaccine, according the World Health Organization (WHO). More-immediate questions will need to be addressed in order for scientists and health officials to diagnose and contain the virus in the meantime, and to determine whether
The brains of the elderly and younger people with autism and schizophrenia may share a common link: Both have low levels of vitamin B12, researchers say. The facts that blood levels of B12 do not always mirror brain levels of the vitamin, and that brain levels decrease more over the years than blood
Marijuana use may not be rising as quickly as thought — more people may simply be willing to admit to it, new research suggests. The widespread relaxation of marijuana laws in the U.S. may have reduced the stigma of smoking pot, the researchers reported today (Feb. 10) in the journal JAMA Psychiatry
The Zika virus was found in the semen of a British man two months after he was first infected, suggesting the virus may linger in the semen long after symptoms of the infection fade, British health officials reported on Friday. Researchers at Public Health England said the 68-year-old man became infected
Shahrour, 54, lives in Arbeen, in the suburbs of Damascus along with his extended family where there is a total of 18 people living in the same house. "Before the (war began), I could support my extended family by working as a driver," he said.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian laboratories say delays in providing kits to test for mosquito-borne dengue have forced them to store patient blood samples until the kits are delivered.
Doctor Ron Daniels of UK Sepsis Trust says health professionals and the public need to be more aware of sepsis to spot people who are critically ill. .
The ongoing drought across southern Africa caused by El Nino has also hit the island nation of Madagascar, where the World Food Programme.
CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of Egypt's doctors staged a rare protest against police abuses after accusations two doctors were beaten up by policemen in a Cairo hospital.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 26-year-old western New York postal carrier has pleaded guilty to her role in a drug distribution ring.
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Large-scale trials for Zika virus vaccines are at least 18 months away, while establishing a possible link between the virus and two more harmful conditions will likely only take weeks, the World Health Organization said Friday. An estimated 15 companies or groups have begun work on a vaccine for the
Large-scale trials for Zika virus vaccines are at least 18 months away, says the World Health Organization, with an estimated 15 companies or groups working on a solution to the previously obscure virus which has now become a global concern.
Doctors and researchers in Brazil are studying mothers and babies in an attempt to answer the most urgent question of the country's Zika outbreak: Is the virus causing a spike in birth defect of microcephaly, and, if so, how great is the risk? Microcephaly is a condition where a baby is born with
A team from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, studied the behavior of 112 adults who didn't follow any kind of restrictive diet and who managed to stay slim without any particular effort, and another group of 35 adults who regularly dieted, thought about food often and were highly conscious
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge cleared the way Thursday for a New Mexico teenager who shot and killed his parents and three younger siblings to be sentenced as a juvenile and released from state custody by the time he turns 21 after the teen's attorneys argued he could be psychologically rehabilitated
MALACCA: The government has agreed to set up special courts nationwide to handle the backlog of drug cases in the country. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said there was a huge backlog of drug-related cases in the country, and the initiative was meant to address the problem.
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is still free of the Zika virus so far, said the Health Ministry today. Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this was based on the monitoring activities and blood sample testing conducted by the ministry. “National Public Health Laboratory and Institute of
GlaxoSmithKline has been fined £37.6 million for striking deals with potential rivals to delay their launch of generic copies of its drug for anxiety disorders and depression. .
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New York, Feb 12 (IANS) High-impact exercise during adolescence and young adulthood is linked to healthier bones in middle-aged men, reveals a study. According to researchers, individuals who continuously participated in high-impact activities such as jogging and tennis during adolescence and young
Edgar Latulip, whose mental age was that of a child, was 21 when he walked out of a special home in Kitchener, Ontario in 1986, CBC News and other Canadian media reported on Wednesday. "I've been a police officer for 18 years and this is something I've seen on TV but never been a part of
New York, Feb 12 (IANS) Cheering up others when they are feeling down or giving other forms of support -- rather than receiving it -- may have unique positive effects on key brain areas involved in stress and reward responses, new research has found. The researchers believe that giving support might
New York, Feb 12 (IANS) Higher intake of foods containing vitamin D during pregnancy may reduce the risk of children developing allergies, a study reveals. Foods that contain vitamin D include fish, eggs, dairy products, mushrooms and cereals. "This study may influence nutritional counselling
London, Feb 12 (IANS) A team of British researchers is on the verge of creating a urine diagnostic test using a special tool that can "smell" the cancer in men's urine, ending the era of invasive diagnostic procedures that men currently undergo. The results of the pilot study using the
London, Feb 12 (IANS) People who feel older than their peers are more likely to be hospitalised as they age, regardless of their actual age or other demographic factors, warns a new study. According to the researchers, feeling older is linked to a higher risk of hospitalisation. Previous research has
New York, Feb 12 (IANS) A daily dose of beetroot juice may significantly improve exercise endurance and blood pressure in elderly patients with the heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HfpEF) syndrome, a new study says. While the daily dose of beetroot juice improved aerobic endurance by
By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The mosquito-borne Zika virus, 'strongly suspected' of links to birth defects in babies in Brazil, has spread to more than 30 countries in the Americas. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak an international health
Some 38 percent of U.S. multinationals, universities and non-profits surveyed by an arm of the State Department are allowing female employees to defer travel or leave countries where the Zika virus has been reported. A fifth of the 321 respondents said they were giving male employees similar options
London, Feb 12 (IANS) Do you experience frequent mood swings? Scientists have found a group of drugs that could help treat mood disorders and also relieve chronic pain. The study revealed how a protein that shapes the body's response to stress also drives chronic pain and also offers new targets
New York, Feb 12 (IANS) A natural extract derived from Neem tree could potentially be used to treat the highly lethal pancreatic cancer, says a team of researchers including Indian-origin scientists. The results revealed that nimbolide, an active molecule isolated from Neem tree (Azadirachta indica)
CORDELE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities say a chase and shooting on an interstate in central Georgia has left one person dead of a self-inflicted gunshot and two officers injured, potentially by friendly fire.