Education May Cut Dementia Risk, Study Finds – New York Times

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Back to its roots: how Zika may threaten Africa – Reuters

PRAIA/LONDON Florzinha Amado is eight months pregnant and trying to stay calm about whether the Zika virus infection she contracted at 21 weeks could have harmed her unborn child. But Amado isn’t Brazilian. She lives on the volcanic archipelago of Cape Verde, 570 km (350 miles) west of Senegal, and is one of 100 pregnant […]

More Young Breast Cancer Patients Getting Gene Test – Philly.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A growing number of young women with breast cancer are being tested for the BRCA gene mutations that substantially raise the risks of breast and ovarian tumors, a new study shows. Researchers found that of nearly 900 women who developed breast cancer at age […]

I tried and tried and tried and tried to get tested for Zika virus, but … – CNN

I first called the New York State Department of Health’s Zika information hotline. The woman who answered the phone patiently took down my information, listened to my symptoms and encouraged me to call my doctor and get blood and urine tests. She actually said it sounded more like I had malaria than Zika, but I […]

Louisiana investigating 2 possible Zika virus cases – NOLA.com

The Department of Health and Hospitals said Thursday (Feb. 11) it’s investigating whether two people contracted the Zika virus while visiting the Caribbean and returned to Louisiana with the virus. The department said that two samples obtained from the individuals tested possible for Zika, a virus usually spread by mosquitos that was declared last week by […]

Obama asking Congress for emergency funding to combat Zika – Press Herald

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is asking Congress for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Zika virus. In an announcement Monday, the White House said the money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, speed development of a vaccine, develop diagnostic tests and improve support for low-income pregnant women. […]

Zika prompts urgent debate about abortion in Latin America – Washington Post

RIO DE JANEIRO — Across Latin America, calls to loosen some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world in the face of the Zika virus outbreak are gaining momentum, but encountering strong and entrenched opposition. In El Salvador, where abortions are banned under any circumstance, the health minister has argued for a revision […]

Whooping cough protection fades fast after booster shot – UPI.com

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 8 (UPI) — Protection against whooping cough provided by a vaccine booster shot drops significantly after two years, and to less than 10 percent after four years, according to a recent study. Kaiser Permanente researchers said the Tdap booster showed decreasing efficacy in the years after it was given to teenagers who […]

Prostate Cancer: A Patient’s Journey – MedPage Today

When I was in my ’30s, I worked as a medical writer at the Chicago Sun-Times. I occasionally wrote articles about the troublesome prostate gland. Here’s what I knew about the prostate: A normal healthy gland is about the size of a walnut. Older men often have enlarged prostates that cause them […]

Will a Tax On Sugar Cure Obesity? – Canada Free Press

Will a Tax On Sugar Cure Obesity? – Canada Free Press

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