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CDC: New Lyme Disease bacteria discovered, and it's nasty

A new species of bacteria that causes Lyme Disease has been discovered. Until now, Borrelia burgdorferi was the only bacterial species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America.

Study says barley rapidly lowers blood sugar levels

Scientists have discovered that the mixture of fibers found in barley can rapidly improve one’s health by lowering blood sugar levels and staving off diabetes, according to a Science Daily article published today.

Junior doctors stage second strike in English hospitals

London - Thousands of junior doctors began a second strike at English hospitals on Wednesday against proposed new working conditions and pay rates.

Data scientists, doctors learning to seek consent

People don’t mind sharing data when they can be partners in its management and application. That is the major takeaway from a recent study conducted by the Society for Participatory Medicine.

Fear of Zika virus could keep U.S. athletes away from Olympics

The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) has told sports bodies that athletes with health concerns should consider staying away from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August.

U.K. makes a range of psychoactive substances illegal

London - The British parliament has passed a new psychoactive substances bill which renders dozens of drugs and chemicals illegal.

Op-Ed: Affordable Care Act forcing Americans to skip healthcare

Washington - Five years after the Obama administration signed its highly partisan and controversial Affordable Care Act into law, experts say it isn't affordable for the average working American.

Large national variations in breastfeeding rates

London - New figures, published by the medical journal The Lancet, show considerable variation between countries in terms of breastfeeding. The U.K. comes out very low.

Okla. student diagnosed with contagious disease — School cleaned

Broken Arrow - An elementary school student in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma has been diagnosed with a contagious disease that required the school to bring in staff to disinfect restrooms and common areas before children were allowed back in the facility.

Researchers advance multiple therapies to improve brain function

They have enabled paraplegics to walk by sending computer-interpreted electrical signals from patients’ brains to motorized exoskeletons suits.

Alcohol-exposed pregnancy remains a risk in U.S.

Washington - Despite numerous warnings, many women in the U.S. consume alcohol while they are pregnant. New figures, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), place the number of women at risk as 3 million.

Europe creates Zika drug 'task force'

Paris - Europe's medicines watchdog said Monday it had assembled an expert team to aid the development of drugs and vaccines against the Zika virus, feared to cause brain damage in unborn babies.

UK researchers discover fountain of youth

London - It turns out the fountain of youth isn’t in some undiscovered triple-canopied jungle in Africa or the coast of Clearwater, Florida, at least not according to scientists at the Institute for Aging at Newcastle University in the UK.

Colombia sees Guillain-Barre syndrome spike amid Zika cases

Estanzuela - More than 22,600 cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed in Colombia, which is seeing a sharp increase in a rare neurological disorder linked to the disease, authorities said Saturday.

Zika virus update: Puerto Rico declares state of emergency

Governor Alejandro García Padilla signed an executive order Friday declaring a public health emergency in Puerto Rico due to the Zika virus. At least 22 people in the U.S. territory have been reported to be infected with the mosquito-borne virus.

Brazil's anti-Zika war goes house to house

S - Sao Paulo resident Juliana Matuoka always thought her stunning tropical flowers were something to appreciate from afar. Now, however, they are enemy territory."Here, I got one!

Time to stop using BMI as a health measure?

The body mass index (or BMI) is a long established method for assessing whether someone is of the correct weight (and therefore healthy) or underweight or overweight (and thus unhealthy). But is BMI accurate and meaningful as regards health?

First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Estanzuela - The mosquito-borne Zika virus sweeping through Latin America has claimed three lives in Colombia, as the United Nations urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects.

Disabled Czechs get new lease on sex life

Prague - Tomas Pik has lost nothing of his lust for life despite the crippling disease that confined him to a wheelchair five years ago as the nerves in his limbs withered.
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