Exploring Zika’s Path Through the Placenta

May 27, 2016

FRIDAY, May 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) — New research seems to shed light on how the Zika virus infects, but doesn’t kill, placenta cells.
The mosquito-borne virus can cause severe birth defects in babies whose mothers are exposed to Zika during pregnancy, but scientists don’t know exactly how that happens.
“Our results substantiate the limited evidence […]


Rare Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug Found in U.S. Woman

May 27, 2016

U.S. researchers have identified the nation’s first patient with an infection resistant to all existing antibiotics.


Knee Replacement Patients May Be Able to Hit the Shower Sooner

May 26, 2016

THURSDAY, May 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Knee surgery patients are usually instructed to wait two weeks after surgery to take a shower to reduce the risk of infection. But a small new study suggests this may not be necessary.
Researchers found no differences in bacterial swabs from those who waited two weeks to shower compared […]


Whooping Cough Shot Safe for Pregnant Women

May 23, 2016

MONDAY, May 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The whooping cough vaccine is safe for pregnant women, a new study indicates.
The researchers also found the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which protects against whooping cough, is critical for the health of newborns that are particularly vulnerable to the illness.
“Our study adds to the growing body of evidence […]


7 Ways to Give Ticks the Slip

May 22, 2016

SUNDAY, May 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — While only a few tick species infect people with diseases, the rising popularity of many outdoor activities and the spread of residential developments has upped the odds that one of those creepy parasites might latch on to you.
“Luckily, ticks don’t fly, jump or fall from the sky,” vector-borne […]


Sex, Breast Milk May Have Helped Spread Ebola in Africa

May 19, 2016

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The Ebola virus was transmitted by semen and breast milk during the latter stages of the outbreak in Sierra Leone, a new study shows.
Researchers from the United Kingdom identified several instances of unconventional transmission of the deadly disease, including a mother who may have passed it to her […]


High HIV Rates for Gay Men in Some Southern Cities

May 18, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Rates of HIV infection among gay and bisexual men are approaching 30 percent to 40 percent in some southern U.S. cities, a new report finds.
According to the study, about 39.5 percent of gay and bisexual men in Jackson, Miss., are now HIV-positive, as are about 29 percent of […]


Zika Can Cause Strange Symptoms, So Testing Is Crucial

May 12, 2016

Zika infection isn’t always obvious.


Mouse Models Reveal How Zika Infects Fetuses

May 11, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have created the first model of how the Zika virus spreads from a pregnant mouse to its fetus.
The mouse model showed that the virus first damages the placenta before infecting the fetus, causing many of the same complications seen in human babies.
“There have been questions regarding […]


13 Things You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

May 9, 2016

How it’s transmitted, who faces the greatest health risk, and more.



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