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CDC Offering Zika Virus Tests for Pregnant Women

February 11, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — U.S. health officials are shipping test kits for the Zika virus to health departments around the country. They are to be used by pregnant women returning from Latin America and the Caribbean, where the virus may be to blame for severe birth defects.
The U.S. Centers […]


Flu Hits Poor Neighborhoods the Hardest, Study Shows

February 11, 2016

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Poor Americans are more likely to be hospitalized with complications from flu than wealthier people, a new study finds.
Low vaccination rates, packed housing and less access to regular medical care likely all play a role in boosting the risk of being in an intensive care […]


Another Surprising Reason You Should Get a Flu Shot

February 11, 2016

Along with reducing your flu risk, a flu shot may protect you from a common heart rhythm disorder that significantly increases stroke risk.


CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly in Brazil

February 11, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 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 […]


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 […]


Measles Outbreak May Have Swayed Some Parents on Vaccines

February 8, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The measles outbreak that first began in California’s Disneyland last year may have changed some parents’ minds about childhood vaccinations, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that parents with “high awareness” of the outbreak were more likely to voice confidence in vaccines, compared to parents who […]


White House Seeks $1.8 Billion to Fight Zika Virus

February 8, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The Obama administration is seeking $1.8 billion in emergency funds from Congress to combat the threat of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, the White House announced Monday.
The funding will allow an expansion of mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and […]


CDC Adds New Zika Warning for Pregnant Women and Their Sex Partners

February 5, 2016

Pregnant women with a male sexual partner who has traveled to, or lives in, an area affected by active Zika virus transmission should refrain from sex or use condoms during sex until the pregnancy is over.


Waning Whooping Cough Immunity Blamed in Outbreaks

February 5, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The booster shot given to pre-teens to ward off whooping cough only works for a short time — a fact that has played a big role in recent outbreaks in California, a new study finds.
The study, of children in one large California health plan, found […]


Red Cross Takes Steps to Keep Zika Virus Out of Blood Supply

February 3, 2016

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The American Red Cross on Wednesday asked potential blood donors who have traveled to areas where Zika infection is active to wait 28 days before giving blood.
“The American Red Cross is dedicated to providing the safest, most reliable blood products possible to patients in need,” […]



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