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Birth Defects Affect 7 Percent of Zika-Exposed Babies: Study

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WEDNESDAY, March 14, 2018 – A new study of pregnant women in the Caribbean further confirms that Zika virus causes birth defects, particularly if infection occurs early in pregnancy. About 7 percent of Zika-infected women in French territories of the Caribbean delivered babies that suffered from birth defects of the brain and eyes, researchers report. These numbers are close to those reflected ...

Best Way to Fight Off Norovirus: Wash Your Hands

Posted 11 days ago by

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Washing your hands often and thoroughly is the best way to protect yourself if you're caught in a norovirus outbreak, researchers say. Norovirus is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Outbreaks can crop up anywhere and anytime. However, they often occur in densely populated spots with large common areas – cruise ships, vacation resorts, even Olympic ...

Who Gets Unneeded Antibiotics Most Often?

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – Some patients are more likely than others to get antibiotics they don't need, new research shows. White adults and children, along with those who had private insurance and lived in urban areas, were more likely to receive a prescription for an antibiotic for common conditions caused by viruses, the researchers said. Antibiotics only work against bacterial infections, not ...

Shining a Deadly New Light on Airborne Flu Virus

Posted 12 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 12, 2018 – As a particularly nasty flu season rages across the United States, scientists have found a powerful new disinfectant that makes "light" work of the virus. Researchers say a certain spectrum of ultraviolet light – called far-UVC – easily kills airborne flu viruses while posing no risk to people. It could offer a new, inexpensive way to eliminate airborne flu viruses in ...

More Norovirus Infections at Olympics in South Korea

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – With the Winter Olympics set to start Friday, South Korean officials are scrambling to find the source of a nasty stomach infection called norovirus that has sickened 128 people so far. South Korean health officials said Thursday that the new cases included members of the Pyeongchang Olympics Organizing Committee, as well as on-site personnel and cafeteria workers. This ...

Are Germs Falling From the Sky?

Posted 8 Feb 2018 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 8, 2018 – As if you weren't worried enough about the germs on surfaces around you, new research suggests that viruses and bacteria are literally dropping down on your head. Scientists report that large numbers of all manner of germs circulate in, and fall from, the Earth's atmosphere. Not only that, the virus that lands on you may have traveled from another continent, the ...

Got a Pet Rat? Watch Out for This Scary New Virus

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by

MONDAY, Feb. 5, 2018 – Your pet rat could make you very sick by transmitting a virus that's newly emerged in North America, U.S. health officials warn. Seoul virus is a rat-borne hantavirus that typically causes symptoms that resemble the flu – fever, headache, muscle pain. In rare cases infection can lead to hospitalization with hemorrhagic fever and kidney failure. A recent outbreak of Seoul ...

U.S. Efforts to Help Fight Global HIV Are Paying Off

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – A U.S. government program to prevent, treat and care for people with HIV/AIDS in poor countries has been highly effective and should continue, experts say. Since 2003, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has provided drug therapy to more than 13 million men, women and children, as well as voluntary circumcisions to more than 15.2 million men to ...

What to Do if Your Child Has Chickenpox

Posted 8 Jan 2018 by

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2017 – Have a child with chickenpox? Don't despair. There are a number of things you can do to care for a child with this disease. "For most healthy children, chickenpox clears on its own without treatment," said Dr. Sheila Fallon Friedlander, a professor of pediatrics and dermatology at the University of California, San Diego. However, chickenpox is highly contagious. That makes ...

Mom-to-Be's Immune Response May Trigger Zika Birth Defects

Posted 5 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – Zika might not directly cause the miscarriages and birth defects that have been associated with the notorious virus, a new study in mice suggests. Instead, the ravaging effects of Zika infection on a developing fetus appear to stem from the immune response of the expecting mother, researchers said. Lab mice bred without a key step in their immune response wound up birthing ...

Human Cold Virus Killed Chimpanzees

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – Five healthy chimpanzees in Uganda that died following a mysterious respiratory disease outbreak in 2013 were actually killed by a common human cold virus, scientists now say. The deaths in the small chimpanzee community followed an "explosive outbreak of severe coughing and sneezing," according to study author Dr. Tony Goldberg, a professor with the University of ...

Reduce Stress and Eat Healthy to Fight Infection

Posted 22 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 22, 2017 – A hectic holiday pace not only tires you out, it makes it easier to pick up an infection. Reducing stress, getting enough sleep and healthy eating are among the things you can do to stay healthy if you're traveling over the holidays, one expert suggests. Stress levels can rise at this time of year, so it's important to acknowledge and manage your anxiety, said Dr. James ...

Zika Babies Facing Increasing Health Problems With Age

Posted 15 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 14, 2017 – Most children born with brain abnormalities caused by the Zika virus are facing severe health and developmental challenges at 2 years of age, a new study suggests. These problems may include seizures, an inability to sit independently as well as problems with sleep, feeding, hearing and vision, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Repeat Infection Likely for Men With HPV

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2017 – Men infected with genital human papillomavirus (HPV) are at high risk for reinfection with the same type of HPV, researchers say. The investigators also found that the risk for reinfection after a year increased 20-fold for men who've been infected with HPV16 – the type responsible for most HPV-related cancers. And the risk was 14 times higher after two years. This was ...

Health Tip: Prevent the Spread of Norovirus

Posted 8 Dec 2017 by

-- Norovirus is a highly-contagious germ that triggers vomiting and diarrhea. It tends to lurk in confined areas, such as on cruise ships and in college dorms. Each year in the United States, norovirus causes up to 21 million illnesses, about 70,000 hospitalizations and as many as 800 deaths. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests how to protect yourself from norovirus: ...

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