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It's official — U.S. mosquitoes now spreading Zika virus

Miami - On Friday afternoon, Florida health officials confirmed that four individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties have been infected with the Zika virus by local mosquitoes.

Sweden to begin studying the sex lives of its citizens

Helsingborg - The government of Sweden is launching a three-year study of its citizens' sex lives. The study cuts across the social, cultural and biological spheres.

Florida officials say local Zika transmission 'likely'

Miami - Florida health officials said Friday they believe that four people have been infected locally with Zika, in what would be the first evidence that mosquitoes carrying the virus are present in the continental United States.

High definition video for gastrointestinal endoscopic imaging

The company Pentax Medical has launched a new high definition video processor designed for highly detailed endoscopic imaging of the gastrointestinal tract.

Scientists find Zika antibodies in step toward vaccine

Washington - US researchers have identified antibodies in lab mice that may be able to prevent infection with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, in what they described Wednesday as a "significant step" toward a vaccine.

Lack of exercise runs up $67.5 bn annual health tab, study finds

Paris - Health problems caused by a lack of daily physical exercise cost the world some $67.5 billion (61 billion euros) in 2013 -- more than many countries' GDP, researchers said Thursday.The total was divided between $53.

Paraguay reports first two cases of Zika birth defect

Asunci - Paraguay reported its first two cases Wednesday of babies born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus, which is blamed for a surge in the birth defect across Latin America.

Why is the U.S. so poor with road safety?

Washington - For an advanced country the U.S. has a relatively poor record for road safety accidents, currently languishing at #19 in the 'developed' world. What can be done to improve this record?

Chicken scent offers hope for malaria prevention

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian scientists have discovered mosquitoes are repulsed by the smell of chicken, raising hopes for the development of a novel way to prevent a disease that kills hundreds of thousands every year.

Dirty water stunts millions of Indian children: study

New Delhi - India is home to the world's largest number of stunted children due to a lack of toilets, dirty water and poor hygiene, according to a new study published on Tuesday.

Olympic travelers face tiny risk of Zika: U.S. study

Miami - Those traveling to Brazil for the Olympics face a tiny risk of getting infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which can cause birth defects in pregnant women, US researchers said Monday.

Tampon tax terminated in New York

On Thursday, New York became one of the handful of states to not tax menstrual products. This comes after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that eliminated local and state sales taxes on them.

Tens of thousands of babies 'may be born with Zika disorders'

Paris - Tens of thousands of babies may be born with debilitating Zika-related disorders in the course of the outbreak sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean, researchers said Monday. Mathematical projections suggest about 93.

Brazil scientists find Zika virus in Culex mosquito in the wild

Scientists in Brazil on Thursday announced they had found the Zika virus in wild specimens of the common Culex mosquito, a separate species from the mosquito known to be the primary means of transmission for the Zika virus.

Sleeping with chickens protects you from mosquitoes

If you're worried about mosquito bites, or live in an area at risk from malaria, then sleeping with a chicken might be the answer. A point of scientific research are the compounds in chicken feathers.

Lead in children's water bottles prompts recall by L.L. Bean

Freeport - L.L. Bean is recalling thousands of children's water bottles for lead content because the wrong kind of solder was used by the Chinese manufacturer.

Three-drug cocktail could overcome antibiotic resistance

An interesting new study, using a combination of techniques from biology to mathematics has found that overcoming antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections could be achieved by using a three-drug cocktail, or combination of antibiotics.

Social media helps drive healthy eating choices

Birmingham - Regular exposure to healthy eating and good food choices via social media drive changes to the eating habits of people, such as consuming more fruit and vegetables and eschewing fatty food. This is according to a new study.

Opioids prolong chronic pain: Study

Opioids are regularly prescribed to deal with chronic pain. A new study casts some doubt over the effectiveness of this class of drugs and indicates they can sometimes make certain conditions worse.
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