A lot has changed in genetic testing for breast cancer since the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations were discovered 20 years ago. In addition to advanced technology and tools to better find hereditary cancers, what cost thousands of dollars even … Read Full Storyread more
WASHINGTON (AP) – More federal money finally is available to fight Zika even as the news worsens. Babies who at first seem to have escaped the virus’ devastating hallmark defect – an abnormally small head at birth – might not … Read Full Storyread more
When it comes to vaccinating children against preventable diseases, Massachusetts is a national leader, but immunization rates in specific communities may vary sharply.
“I think we in our state have a strong provider network, and the vast majority of children … Read Full Storyread more
FALL RIVER — It’s OK to say yes to eggs. But bacon? Sausage? Ham?
How about waffles, Pop-Tarts and hash browns?
Breakfast comes in many forms. And many are bad for you. Sorry. That’s straight from a dietician.
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GENEVA (AP) – The World Health Organization says the outbreak of Zika remains an international health emergency and noted the virus is continuing to infect new countries.
The U.N. health agency convened its expert committee this week to assess the … Read Full Storyread more
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood centers to start screening for Zika, a major expansion intended to protect the nation’s blood supply from the mosquito-borne virus.
The new advisory means all U.S. states and … Read Full Storyread more
FALL RIVER — James Hodson lined up a small pin over a map of Central America and pushed it firmly into Costa Rica.
Loads of little pins were scattered, and sometimes clustered, in maps of 43 countries in Hodson’s office … Read Full Story
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island will receive $200,000 in federal funding to enhance its efforts to detect microcephaly and other birth defects caused by the Zika virus.
Rhode Island’s congressional delegation announced the grant from the Centers for Disease … Read Full Storyread more
NEW YORK (AP) – In a key advance for the study of depression, a comprehensive scan of human DNA has turned up the apparent hiding places of more than a dozen genes linked to the disorder.
“This is a jumping-off … Read Full Storyread more
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazilian researchers said Thursday that they have found that another species of mosquito is able to transmit the Zika virus to humans.
Fiocruz institute said that additional studies will be needed to determine what role … Read Full Storyread more
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Even though the explosive spread of the Zika virus has been met with a new level of international response, thanks to lessons learned from the Ebola crisis, experts warn they are only beginning to grasp the … Read Full Storyread more
With recent reports of the Zika virus’s spread to the continental United States and findings that sexual transmission is more common than experts initially thought, a new wave of anxiety has washed over the landscape.
While acknowledging the virus as … Read Full Story
Outreach and education are key factors in creating a healthy environment for seniors, said Alice Bonner, the state’s secretary of elder affairs.
“Where I think the Department of Health and Human Services has been able to shine is in connecting … Read Full Story
BOSTON (AP) – A cancer patient has received the first penis transplant in the United States, a Boston hospital said Monday.
Massachusetts General Hospital has confirmed that Thomas Manning of Halifax, Massachusetts, received the transplanted penis in a … Read Full Storyread more
WATERTOWN – A little education and understanding can go a long way in improving the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, according to proponents of the “dementia friendly communities” model.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island Department of Health says it has confirmed the first case of the Zika virus in the state.
The agency announced Tuesday that a man in his 60s had tested positive for the viral … Read Full Storyread more
BOSTON – Medical researchers who spoke Wednesday at the Statehouse said there’s an odd public health juxtaposition occurring between opioid and heroin use this year.
“On one hand, we’re talking about an opioid crisis caused by over-availability, then we’re talking … Read Full Storyread more
BOSTON (AP) – The more hits to the head an amateur football player takes, the greater the risk that he will be depressed, have difficulty making decisions or develop other forms of cognitive impairment as an adult, a preliminary study … Read Full Storyread more