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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?

Rio carnival opens, defying growing Zika fears

Rio De Janeiro - Rio's Carnival -- a five day festival of dancing, bared flesh and wild costumes -- opened Friday in the face of warnings that the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous.

First Zika-linked deaths reported in Colombia

Estanzuela - Colombia said Friday three people had died of complications of the Zika virus sweeping Latin America, as the UN urged increased access to abortion because of fears of severe birth defects.

Colombia blames 3 deaths on Zika, nerve disorder

Estanzuela - Colombia said Friday that three people had died after contracting the Zika virus and developing a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre, the first time health officials have directly blamed the mosquito-borne disease for causing deaths.

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.

US urges condom use or abstinence to avoid Zika virus

Miami - US health authorities on Friday urged people to use condoms or refrain from sex if they live in or have traveled to areas where the Zika virus is circulating.

Zika detected in urine, saliva: top Brazilian researchers

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's top research institute said Friday that Zika has been detected in urine and saliva, but added that there is no proof the virus can be transmitted through those fluids.

Zika nations should allow access to contraception, abortion: UN

Ginebra - The United Nations on Friday urged countries hit by the dangerous Zika virus to let women have access to contraception and abortion.

'Major shortcomings' in French drug trial death lab: Inquiry

Paris - An inquiry into the death of a man during a drug trial has found "three major shortcomings" at the French laboratory where he was being tested, the minister of health said.

200 million girls and women living with FGM: UNICEF

New York - At least 200 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to female genital mutilation with half of those living in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, according to the UN children's agency.

Syrian cancer kid first to use new Italy humanitarian corridor

Rome - A Syrian child with eye cancer was flown into Italy for treatment Thursday, becoming the first to benefit from a new humanitarian corridor hoping to stop desperate refugees from attempting an often deadly Mediterranean crossing to Europe.

WHO sounds Zika blood warning as Europe sees first pregnancy case

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Thursday advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who have travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus, as Spain announced Europe's first known case of the disease in a pregnant woman.

Zika fear reignites Brazil's abortion debate

Bras - The Zika virus scare is reopening debate over abortion in Brazil, where some are asking the painful question: is it right to risk having a baby with microcephaly?

Spain reports first known European case of Zika-infected pregnant woman

Madrid - Spain said Thursday that a pregnant woman who had returned from Colombia had been diagnosed with the Zika virus, in the first such known European case.

S.America holds crisis meeting as Zika 'nightmare' spreads

Montevideo - South American health ministers held an emergency meeting on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a "nightmare" by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies.

No boost seen from giving antibiotics to starving kids

Miami - Children who suffer from severe malnutrition are routinely given antibiotics as part of their medical treatment, but a study Wednesday found the practice offered no boost to their nutritional recovery.

Zika: profile of an enigmatic virus

Paris - The world's latest health scare is Zika: a tropical, mosquito-borne virus that holds little danger for most people, but could completely derail the lives of some.

South America vows to wipe out Zika-spreading mosquito

Montevideo - South American countries vowed Wednesday to eliminate the mosquitoes spreading Zika, the virus blamed for brain damage in babies, after a US patient caught it by having sex.

South America vows to wipe out Zika-spreading mosquito

Montevideo - South American countries vowed Wednesday to eliminate the mosquitoes spreading Zika, the virus blamed for brain damage in babies, after a US patient caught it by having sex.

As Zika spreads, Texas reports sexually transmitted case

Miami - The Zika virus has been transmitted sexually, top US health authorities confirmed, fueling fears of the rapid spread of the disease blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies.

Texas reports case of sexually transmitted Zika virus: Official

Miami - A county in Texas on Tuesday reported a case of Zika virus being sexually transmitted, raising new concerns about the spread of a mosquito-borne virus linked to birth defects.

Mercury in seafood not harmful to aging brain

Miami - Eating seafood may lead to higher levels of mercury in the brain, but a study out Tuesday found that increased mercury does not appear to raise the risk of dementia.

Olympic organizers say Zika problem to decline in time

Rio De Janeiro - Rio Olympics organizers said Tuesday they are concerned by the outbreak of the Zika virus in Brazil but confident the problem will have cleared up in time for the Games.More than 1.

World health officials mobilize on Zika threat

Rio De Janeiro - World health officials mobilized with emergency response plans and funding pleas Tuesday as fears grow that the Zika virus, blamed for a surge in the number of brain-damaged babies, could spread globally and threaten the Summer Olympics.

Thailand confirms first domestic case of Zika virus

Bangkok - A man has contracted the Zika virus in Thailand, officials said Tuesday, as a global alert intensifies over the mosquito-borne infection blamed for a surge in serious birth defects in South America.

Honduras declares national emergency over Zika virus

Tegucigalpa - Honduras has declared a state of emergency after officials said the number of Zika infections is rising at an "alarming" rate in the Central American country.

Brazil issues Olympics warning as WHO declares Zika emergency

Ginebra - Brazil has warned pregnant women to stay away from the Summer Olympics after the World Health Organization declared an international emergency over the Zika virus, blamed for causing a surge in brain-damaged babies.

WHO declares international health emergency over Zika

Ginebra - The World Health Organization on Monday said a surge in serious birth defects in South America was "strongly suspected" of being caused by the Zika virus and constituted an international health emergency.

Poland's rapper MP unveils bill on medical marijuana

Varsovia - A Polish rapper-turned-politician on Monday presented a draft bill on legalising medical marijuana in an EU nation where two-thirds of people back the idea.

Report: Smartphone fitness apps inaccurate and unreliable

A study has warned that fitness tracking apps for smartphones may not be as accurate as users believe. Some of the most popular apps were found to be inconsistent and incorrect in their reporting when compared to a traditional pedometer.
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