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.

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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.

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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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Health minister: Brazil is ‘losing battle’ against mosquito

Health minister: Brazil is ‘losing battle’ against mosquito

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Brazilian newspapers say the country’s health minister has acknowledged the country is “badly losing the battle” against the mosquito that transmits Zika, a virus linked to a rare birth defect.

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Brazil Olympic venues to be checked daily to help stop Zika

Brazil Olympic venues to be checked daily to help stop Zika

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – Rio de Janeiro’s Olympic venues will be inspected daily during the games in a bid to prevent the spread of a mosquito-borne virus linked to a rare birth defect and also a condition that can … Read Full Story

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Case seeking cancer screenings for smokers heads to trial

Case seeking cancer screenings for smokers heads to trial

BOSTON (AP) – A decade after a group of smokers from Massachusetts sued Philip Morris USA to try to force the cigarette maker to pay for lung cancer screenings, the case will finally be heard by a jury.

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CDC: Ask pregnant women about trips to Zika outbreak areas 

CDC: Ask pregnant women about trips to Zika outbreak areas 

More than 3,800 babies with the condition have been reported in Brazil since October
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials issued new guidance Tuesday for doctors whose pregnant patients may have traveled to regions with a tropical illness linked … Read Full Story

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Brazil to fund development of vaccine for Zika virus

Brazil to fund development of vaccine for Zika virus

SAO PAULO (AP) – The Brazilian government announced it will direct funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against a virus linked to brain damage in babies.

Health Minister Marcelo Castro said Friday that … Read Full Story

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Average age of new US moms at all-time high, now over 26

Average age of new US moms at all-time high, now over 26

NEW YORK (AP) – The average age of first-time mothers is at an all-time high in the U.S – over 26.

The change is largely due to a big drop in teen moms. But more first births to older women … Read Full Story

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Cancer now No. 1 killer in 22 states, ahead of heart disease

Cancer now No. 1 killer in 22 states, ahead of heart disease

NEW YORK (AP) – Cancer is becoming the No. 1 killer in more and more states as deaths from heart disease have declined, new health statistics show.

Nationwide, heart disease is still the leading cause of death, just ahead of … Read Full Story

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Fending off the flu: 7 immunity-boosting tips you need to know

Fending off the flu: 7 immunity-boosting tips you need to know

With cold and flu season starting to rear its ugly head, it’s more important than ever to keep healthy and germ-free, beginning with the basics — your immune system. Since all sickness starts with a little (or a lot) immunity … Read Full Story

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Nonprofit helps support families battling cancer

Nonprofit helps support families battling cancer

FALL RIVER — When Shannon Raposo was out of work after undergoing a double mastectomy, she had many worries.
Did she choose the right treatment? How could she explain this to her young son? How long would she need to … Read Full Story

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Southcoast Health named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

Southcoast Health named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

FALL RIVER — Southcoast Health announced that it has been named one of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, an independent and objective research firm.

The study, now in its 17th year, singled out 50 hospitals … Read Full Story

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