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  • CDC confirms a case of Zika transmission via sex in Texas

    CDC confirms a case of Zika transmission via sex in Texas

    Texas officials on Tuesday reported the first case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted in the U.S. by an infected traveler returning from South America since the disease’s rapid spread there over the last year. It was the first case of transmission on U.S. soil, and the announcement came...

  • Global health agency's declaration signals new phase in battle against Zika virus

    Global health agency's declaration signals new phase in battle against Zika virus

    The World Health Organization declared Monday that explosive growth of the mosquito-borne Zika virus — which has been spreading rapidly in the Americas and may be linked to birth defects — constitutes an international public health emergency, signaling a new phase in the global effort to battle...

  • Fresno hospital fined for leaving towel inside patient for three months after surgery

    Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno has been fined $86,625 for a towel being left inside a patient for three months after an abdominal surgery. The state penalty is the hospital’s fourth issued by the California Department of Public Health since 2007. In the most recent case, state investigators...

  • Researchers find causes for higher death rates among middle-aged whites

    Higher-than-expected death rates among middle-aged white Americans are largely being driven by stagnant progress against heart disease and other common illnesses, according to new research into a crisis that is increasingly worrying healthcare officials and policymakers. The unexpectedly high mortality...

  • Zika 'spreading explosively' in the Americas: What you need to know

    Zika 'spreading explosively' in the Americas: What you need to know

    Declaring a threat of “alarming proportions,” the head of the World Health Organization warned Thursday that the Zika virus is “spreading explosively” across the Americas and could infect as many as 4 million people.Dr. Margaret Chan told the agency's executive board in Geneva that Zika has been...

  • Geneticists uncover a key clue to schizophrenia

    Geneticists uncover a key clue to schizophrenia

    Scientists say they have broken new ground in the study of schizophrenia, uncovering a potentially powerful genetic contributor to the mental disorder and helping to explain why its symptoms of confused and delusional thinking most often reach a crisis state as a person nears the cusp of adulthood....

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