Health department confirms first Zika case in Rhode Island

Health department confirms first Zika case in Rhode Island

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 Story

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Doctors discuss pot, opioids at Clark forum

Doctors discuss pot, opioids at Clark forum

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 Story

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Study: Amateur football hits linked to later-life difficulty

Study: Amateur football hits linked to later-life difficulty

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 Story

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Study: Zika landed in Brazil 2 years before it was detected

Study: Zika landed in Brazil 2 years before it was detected

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 Story

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CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing

CDC guidelines aim to curb painkiller prescribing

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 Story

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More doctors are prescribing exercise instead of medication

More doctors are prescribing exercise instead of medication

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 Story

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WHO: Sexual transmission of Zika more common than thought

WHO: Sexual transmission of Zika more common than thought

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 Story

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Nurse’s claims ignite euthanasia debate in Portugal

Nurse’s claims ignite euthanasia debate in Portugal

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 Story

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Doctors: Upsurge in paralysis condition accompanies Zika

Doctors: Upsurge in paralysis condition accompanies Zika

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 Story

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Minors banned from tanning salons

Minors banned from tanning salons

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

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After criticism, Brazil transferring Zika samples to US

After criticism, Brazil transferring Zika samples to US

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 Story

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In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

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 Story

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US health officials urge condoms against Zika

US health officials urge condoms against Zika

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 Story

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WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread

WHO declares global emergency over Zika virus spread

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.”

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Study hints at biology of schizophrenia, may aid treatment

Study hints at biology of schizophrenia, may aid treatment

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 Story

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Zika detected among Portuguese travelers

Zika detected among Portuguese travelers

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 Story

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Health minister: Brazil is ‘losing battle’ against mosquito

Health minister: Brazil is ‘losing battle’ against mosquito

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 Story

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What to know about the tropical Zika virus

What to know about the tropical Zika virus

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 Story

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