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.
Amid an epidemic of addiction … Read Full Storyread more
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
CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) – The doctor taps Zulay Balza’s knees with a hammer and she doesn’t feel a thing. She can’t squeeze his outstretched fingers or shut her eyelids. Her face is partially paralyzed.
“The weakness started in my legs … Read Full Storyread more
Tanning under a UV lamp is now off limits for teens in Massachusetts.
“With the number of minors diagnosed with skin cancer on the rise across Massachusetts and the nation, this legislation takes a critical step towards increasing awareness and … Read Full Story
LONDON (AP) – Brazil says it’s sending a set of Zika samples to U.S. health authorities following complaints over the South American nation’s hoarding of data and biological material related to the disease.
The announcement came hours after The Associated … Read Full Storyread more
LONDON (AP) – A Brazilian health official on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice before giving a kiss as concern grows over the Zika virus suspected of a link to birth defects, and the U.N. office of … Read Full Storyread more
U.S. health officials say men who have visited an area with the Zika virus should use condoms if they have sex with a pregnant woman – for the entire duration of the pregnancy.
The guidance issued Friday also … Read Full Storyread more
GENEVA (AP) – The World Health Organization declared an international emergency on Monday over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which is linked to birth defects in the Americas, saying it is an “extraordinary event.”
The … Read Full Storyread more
NEW YORK (AP) – Scientists pursuing the biological roots of schizophrenia have zeroed in on a potential factor – a normal brain process that gets kicked into overdrive. The finding could someday lead to ways to treat the disease or … Read Full Storyread more
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Portugal’s National Director for Health says five Portuguese are infected with Zika after visiting Brazil.
Francisco Jorge tells public broadcaster RTP there’s one other “very probable” but unconfirmed case of a Portuguese who recently visited … Read Full Storyread more
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazil’s health minister says the country will mobilize some 220,000 troops to battle the mosquito blamed for spreading a virus suspected of causing birth defects – but he also says the war is already being … Read Full Storyread more
U.S. health officials recommend that pregnant women should consider postponing trips to 22 destinations, including Brazil and Cape Verde
NEW YORK (AP) – A rare tropical disease is spreading in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne Zika … Read Full Storyread more