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
NEW YORK (AP) – The worrisome Zika virus apparently has been in Brazil at least a year longer than experts previously thought, according to new research.
Some experts have speculated the virus first came to the Americas sometime in 2014. … Read Full Storyread more
WASHINGTON (AP) – Prescription painkillers should not be a first-choice for treating common ailments like back pain and arthritis, according to new federal guidelines designed to reshape how doctors prescribe drugs like OxyContin and Vicodin.
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BOSTON (AP) – When Dr. Michelle Johnson scribbles out prescriptions, the next stop for many of her patients is the gym, not the pharmacy.
Doctors treating chronic health problems increasingly are prescribing exercise for their patients – and encouraging them … Read Full Storyread more
GENEVA (AP) – Sexual transmission of the Zika virus is more common than previously thought, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, citing reports from several countries.
After a meeting of its emergency committee on Tuesday, the U.N. health agency also … Read Full Storyread more
LISBON, Portugal (AP) – The head of Portugal’s national nurses’ association has caused a storm by claiming that some doctors in the country’s national health service have connived in assisted suicides for terminally ill patients at public hospitals, even though … Read Full Storyread more