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CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly

February 10, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Traces of the Zika virus have been identified in the tissue of two babies who died in Brazil from a birth defect marked by underdeveloped heads and brains, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.
The discovery doesn’t prove the Zika virus is the cause of thousands of […]

Patient-to-Doctor Spread of Bird Flu Reported in China

February 10, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Deadly H7N9 bird flu can, in certain situations, be transmitted person-to-person in hospitals, according to a new report from China.
Since bird flu first appeared in eastern China in 2013, nearly 700 people have been infected, the study authors said. Almost 300 people have died as […]

Skin Infections Common in High School Wrestlers, Study Finds

February 10, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Wrestlers are much more likely to suffer skin infections than other U.S. high school athletes, new research shows.
The study authors examined five years of data on skin infections among athletes in 22 high school sports. Nearly 74 percent of skin infections occurred among wrestlers, and just under 18 […]

Birth Defect Tied to Zika Virus Can Leave Children With Lifetime of Health Woes

February 10, 2016

The thousands of babies born in Brazil with abnormally small heads and brains—believed to be caused by infection in the womb with the Zika virus—typically face a lifetime of health challenges.

Flu Shot May Guard Against Irregular Heart Rate: Study

February 10, 2016

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Along with reducing your flu risk, a flu shot may protect you from a common heart rhythm disorder that significantly increases stroke risk, researchers report.
Their study of about 57,000 people in Taiwan found a significant association between the flu and new cases of atrial fibrillation, a condition that […]

Pregnant Women Benefit From Tamiflu at First Sign of Flu: Study

February 9, 2016

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Early treatment with the antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) may shorten hospital stays for pregnant women with the flu, especially those who are severely ill, new research suggests.
Pregnant women are at increased risk for serious illness, complications and death from the flu, the study authors said.
The new study looked […]

Eye Defects Seen in Some Babies Born With Zika-Linked Microcephaly

February 9, 2016

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Eye defects may occur in babies born with microcephaly that seems to be linked to infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, researchers report.
Since a Zika virus outbreak began in Brazil last April, there has been an unusual rise in the number of babies born with microcephaly (an […]

New Lyme Disease Bacteria Discovered in Upper Midwest: CDC

February 9, 2016

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new Lyme disease-causing bacteria has been identified in the United States, and it may bring even worse symptoms, health officials said.
Borrelia burgdorferi was the only bacteria species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America — until this new discovery, the researchers said. The newly-identified bacteria, called […]

Studying Tick Biology With Lyme Prevention in Mind

February 9, 2016

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists who sequenced the genome, or genetic composition, of the Lyme disease-transmitting deer tick hope the achievement will lead to new ways to control the blood-sucking parasites.
The decade-long effort involved an international team of 93 scientists from 46 institutions.
“The genome provides a foundation for a whole new era […]

Study Ties School Calendar to Asthma Flare-Ups

February 8, 2016

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Greater exposure to cold viruses may help explain why children with asthma tend to suffer their worst symptoms when their school reopens after a break, a new study suggests.
“The school calendar predicts common cold transmission, and the common cold predicts asthma exacerbations,” said senior author Lauren Meyers, a […]


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