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Young Men Face Higher Risk for Rare Flu Complication

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Young men recovering from the flu should be aware of a side effect that causes nerve damage, a health expert warns. To combat the flu virus, your immune system produces antibodies. In rare cases, these antibodies also attack myelin, which is the protective sheath around the nerves, explained Dr. Sheetal Shroff, a neurologist with Houston Methodist health system in Texas ...

Zika Nerve Damage May Stem From Body's Response to the Virus

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – Nerve-related complications of Zika infection may be caused by the immune system's response to the virus, not the virus itself, according to a new study. Zika is spread primarily via the bite of an infected mosquito, but it may also be transmitted by blood transfusion or sexual contact. Most people who become infected don't have any symptoms, but some develop serious ...

Zika Virus Tied to Neurological Woes in Adults

Posted 14 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 – Adults infected with the Zika virus can develop a number of serious neurological conditions, a new study finds. Until now, the most troubling Zika-related illness in adults has been Guillain-Barre syndrome, which causes muscle weakness and paralysis. A review of 35 Zika-infected patients in Brazil with neurological symptoms found that most had Guillain-Barre. But other ...

Can Surgery Trigger Rare Muscle Disorder?

Posted 23 Nov 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2016 – Patients who've recently undergone surgery – especially those with cancer or autoimmune diseases – experience slightly higher risks of developing a rare muscle disorder soon afterward, new research suggests. Evaluating 20 years of data, Mayo Clinic scientists found that 15 percent of patients who developed Guillain-Barre syndrome had undergone a surgical procedure in ...

Zika Babies May Look Normal at Birth, Display Brain Defects Later: CDC

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – Babies exposed to the Zika virus in the womb can look normal at birth but later show signs of the devastating birth defect microcephaly and other brain abnormalities, researchers reported Tuesday. Scientists found that 13 infants in Brazil who were exposed to the mosquito-borne virus during gestation had normal head size as newborns, but subsequently experienced slower ...

Imaging Studies Shed Light on Zika's Effects

Posted 22 Nov 2016 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – More details on how the Zika virus affects infants and adults will be presented to international researchers meeting in Chicago next week. Three studies scheduled for presentation at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America attempt to shed light on the mosquito-borne virus that's linked to severe birth defects in babies. Most cases to date have ...

Congress Agrees to More Zika Funding: Reports

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 29, 2016 – Long-delayed funding to combat the Zika virus is included in an emergency spending bill designed to keep the U.S. government running through mid-December, according to published reports on Wednesday. The bill would provide $1.1 billion to combat the Zika virus and develop a vaccine and improved tests to detect it, the Associated Press reported. Zika, which is ...

Hurdles Ahead for Zika Vaccine: Experts

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – Work is progressing on developing a vaccine that can thwart the Zika virus, but it will take years to get one to market, experts warn. Two rival vaccines for Zika have the best chance of becoming available for field testing by early next year, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). But testing the ...

3 Zika-Carrying Mosquitoes Found in Florida

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Three mosquitoes in Miami Beach have tested positive for the Zika virus, a first in the continental United States, Florida health officials said Thursday. The mosquitoes were trapped in the same area where several cases of human infection have occurred, officials said. Ninety-five additional mosquito samples were subsequently tested for Zika and those mosquitoes were ...

Strong Link Emerges Between Zika, Spikes in Temporary Paralysis Cases

Posted 1 Sep 2016 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 1, 2016 – Where there's a Zika outbreak, there will likely be an accompanying increase in cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, a new analysis shows. The latest finding strengthens a suspected link between infection with the mosquito-borne virus and the syndrome, which causes temporary paralysis in its victims. While the Zika virus doesn't pose a significant health threat to most ...

Florida Investigates 2 More Possible Cases of Zika Virus Local Transmission

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – Florida health officials are investigating two more unexplained cases of Zika infection, bringing to four the number of cases that don't seem to be related to travel to countries where the virus is circulating. This suggests the possibility that local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to severe birth defects has begun, officials said. Zika ...

Zika May Be Linked to Autoimmune Brain Disorder, Study Says

Posted 11 Apr 2016 by

SUNDAY, April 10, 2016 – The Zika virus may be linked to yet another brain disorder, this one similar to multiple sclerosis, researchers report. The mosquito-borne virus is already suspected of causing a birth defect called microcephaly – characterized by an abnormally small head and brain – and a nervous system disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. Now, a new study reports a possible link ...

Zika Poses Serious Threat to Puerto Rico: U.S. Health Officials

Posted 11 Mar 2016 by

THURSDAY, March 10, 2016 – U.S. health officials issued a worrisome assessment Thursday of the continued spread of the Zika virus, which is already suspected of causing thousands of birth defects in Brazil and has made inroads into Puerto Rico. Federal researchers are learning much about the virus. But the more they learn, the more they realize how much they don't know, Dr. Anthony Fauci, ...

Another Neurological Disorder Tied to Zika

Posted 10 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – The list of neurological disorders potentially associated with the Zika virus continues to grow, health officials reported Wednesday. Writing in the March 9 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, French researchers described the case of an unidentified 81-year-old man who had been in fine health before becoming feverish and then comatose while on a ...

Zika Virus Tied to Rare Disorder That Can Cause Paralysis

Posted 1 Mar 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 – The Zika virus may cause Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the nervous system, new research suggests. Blood samples from 42 patients diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome during a Zika virus outbreak in French Polynesia provide the first hard evidence that the mosquito-borne Zika virus might cause this severe ...

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