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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

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

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

Zika Virus And Climate Change: 4 Things To Know

The “explosive spread” of Zika virus throughout the Americas and Caribbean islands may seem like an anomaly, but it’s actually just the latest in a number of mosquito-borne illness that have spread beyond their endemic areas in recent years. Scientists have already established a link between climate change and the spread of tropical diseases such … Continue reading

Zika And Emerging Viral Epidemics: When, Where, And Why They Strike

The US looks to be on the brink of a new viral epidemic, as a virus that did not even exist in the region a year ago is now among the top concern of infectious disease specialists across the Western Hemisphere. Zika virus, transmitted primarily by the bites of Aedes mosquitoes, has been found across … Continue reading

Scientists Discover New Bacteria That Causes Lyme Disease

Scientists have discovered a new Lyme disease-causing bacteria in the United States, and it may bring even worse symptoms than its more familiar predecessor. Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vectorborne illness in the United States, affecting more than 300,000 Americans each year. Until now, only one species of bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, was thought … Continue reading

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