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As U.S. Confirms First Zika-Related Death, Congressional Republicans Still Won’t Approve Emergency Funding

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the first Zika-virus-related death in the United States, raising new concerns about the severity of the mosquito-borne disease and prompting renewed calls for Congress to approve the Obama administration’s two-month-old request for emergency funding to fight the ongoing outbreak. According to a report released Thursday by the CDC, health officials … Continue reading

5 Things You Should Know About Vaccines

The development of vaccines is classified as one of the top ten public health accomplishments of the 20th century, and deservedly so — these cost-effective measures avert hundreds of millions of cases of disease and save millions of lives each year. As we celebrate World Immunization Week (April 24-30), here’s a look at some of the key facts about vaccines: Continue reading

A Mysterious Bacterial Infection Is Killing People In The Midwest

A mysterious blood infection that has killed 17 people in Wisconsin over the past four months has now been linked to the death of a Michigan resident, raising the stakes for medical investigators who are scrambling to trace the source of the outbreak. Since November, at least 54 people in Wisconsin have fallen seriously ill … Continue reading

A Surgical Tech May Have Exposed Over 5,000 Patients To Hepatitis And HIV In Hospitals Across Four States

Hospitals in four states are warning thousands of patients that they may have been exposed to hepatitis and HIV by a former hospital worker who allegedly tampered with patients’ syringes to steal narcotic pain medication. The alert comes after Rocky Allen, 28, a former surgical technician, was indicted last month in Colorado on charges of … Continue reading

STUDY: Domestic Violence During Pregnancy Doubles The Risk Of Preterm Birth

Women who experience any form of domestic violence during pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to a premature baby or a baby with low birth weight, according to a new meta-analysis that adds to the evidence linking intimate partner violence to a range of adverse health consequences. Researchers from the University of Iowa … Continue reading

New Evidence Undermines The Entire Premise Of Anti-Abortion Laws

As the Supreme Court deliberates over one of the most critical abortion rights cases of the last several decades, a newly-published study has revealed findings with profound implications for the abortion debate as a whole: In contrast to what abortion opponents claim, recent reductions in the U.S. abortion rate are attributable almost entirely to a … Continue reading

Unintended Pregnancy Plunges To Lowest Rate In 30 Years, Thanks To IUDs

A new study finds that the unintended pregnancy rate in the United States declined by 18 percent between 2008 and 2011, falling to the lowest rate in more than three decades. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, attributes the dramatic decline in unintended pregnancies to the increasing use of long-acting reversible … Continue reading

Another, More Common Species Of Mosquito May Be Able To Spread Zika Virus

The Zika virus could potentially be transmitted by an even more common species of mosquitoes, Brazilian scientists announced this week, raising concerns that the outbreak in Central and Latin America could become harder to contain. Until now, Zika virus transmission was thought to be limited to certain species of mosquitoes in the Aedes genus, most … Continue reading

Study Finds Strong Evidence Of Link Between Zika Virus And Guillain-Barre

Scientists have discovered the strongest evidence yet that the Zika virus can cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare but severe neurological disorder that kills 5 percent of people who develop it and leaves 20 percent permanently disabled. With Zika continuing to spread “explosively” throughout the Americas, affected countries are being told to make sure they have … Continue reading

‘A Militia Of Toddlers’: Iowa Lawmakers Approve Bill Allowing Children To Have Handguns

In a move that’s being described as “completely ridiculous,” Republican lawmakers in Iowa passed a bill this week to explicitly allow kids to use handguns without any lower age-limit. The measure, which was approved Tuesday by Iowa’s GOP-controlled House of Representatives, would permit children under age 14 to use “a pistol, revolver or the ammunition” with parental supervision. … Continue reading

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