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Study links Zika virus to eye damage in babies

The Zika virus may cause eye damage in small-headed infants born to women infected during pregnancy, according to the researchers. The researchers found eye damage in 10 of 29 babies born with microcephaly at the...


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Zika virus: WHO advises women on protection, no travel advisories

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised women on how to protect themselves from Zika, especially if pregnant, but also reassured them that most women in areas affected by the mosquito-borne virus will give birth to normal kids.


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Paracetamol use in pregnancy increases baby's asthma risk

Babies are at increased risk of developing asthma if their mothers take paracetamol during pregnancy, a common painkiller, cautions a new study. The study showed that those children who were exposed to paracetamol during...


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Air-pollution can cause dark spots, study finds

The levels of traffic-related air pollution and air pollution-associated gases are linked to the formation of dark spots on the skin, according to a new study.


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US athletes should consider skipping Rio Olympics if fear Zika: USOC

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) on Monday advised US sports federations that athletes and staff who are fearful of getting infected with Zika should not attend the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August.


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Honey can save lives by killing harmful fungus, scientists say

Scientists have discovered a powerful association between a medicinal type of honey and the destruction of a fungus that can lead to blindness or even death.


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BMI not perfect indicator of health

Washington: A new study has concluded that body mass index (BMI) is not a perfect indicator of the health of a person. The Commission for Equal Opportunity in Employment in the US recently proposed a rule aimed at granting...


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Perfect pancakes can help treat glaucoma, here's how

Indulging in how to make perfect pancakes could help develop surgical methods for treating glaucoma - an eye disease which may lead to damage of the optic nerve and vision loss, scientists say.


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3177 pregnant women with Zika; no microcephaly: Colombian president

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday announced that 3,177 pregnant women in the country were diagnosed with the Zika virus but there was evidence the virus has caused any cases of the birth defect known as microcephaly.


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New-born Conjoined twins die on way to Delhi

In spite of all the efforts by the doctors to save the conjoined twins, they expired on their way to New Delhi AIIMS on Friday evening. The doctors said that the decision to shift the infants had been taken in view of...


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CDC issues new safe-sex guidelines for Zika virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday issues new guidelines aimed at preventing sexual transmission of the Zika virus, recommending that men exposed to the virus and who have a pregnant partner...


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California doctor gets 30 years in landmark overdose case

Los Angeles: A Southern California doctor was on Friday awarded 30 years jail term for over-prescribing drugs that caused the fatal overdose of three patients.


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More women face genital mutilation than earlier estimated: UN study

More than 200 million girls and women all over the world have undergone genital mutilation, far higher than previously projected, which emphasized the need to fast-track...


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UK To Spray Insecticides On Planes From Zika Virus Affected Regions

As part of an effort to evade the spread of the Zika virus, the U.K. government has made an announcement on Friday that airplanes landing in the country from Zika-affected areas will be sprayed with insecticides...


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Zika vaccine: Indian company claims breakthrough

Bharat Biotech, an Indian bio-therapeutic manufacturer, has claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in developing a vaccine to fight the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which causes serious birth defects in kids.


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Ethicists approve '3 parent' embryos to stop diseases, congressional ban remains

Washington: A panel of scientists and bioethicists on Wednesday gave a guarded approval to a novel form of genetic engineering that could help in preventing congenital diseases but would result in babies...


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New App to Report Non-Availability of Medicines at Delhi's Govt Hospitals

Two days after Delhi government introduced a scheme to provide all prescription medicines for free at state-run hospitals, Health Minister Satyendar Jain Tuesday said that a mobile app will soon be released where people...


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Losing weight is tougher for women, here's why

For women, reducing weight can feel like an unending struggle of dieting and exercise with little results. A new study suggests that there could be a reason why females find it difficult to lose weight than men.


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SC holds out hope, to hear final plea to legalise gay sex

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday rekindled hope for the LGBT community by referring to a five-judge constitution bench curative petitions seeking to decriminalize consensual sex between adults...


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First US Zika virus transmission reported in Texas

Dallas: A case of Zika virus being sexually transmitted is reported in Texas, US, sparking concerns over the fast spread of the disease which damages the brain of babies. Health officials are afraid that the...


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Britain approves embryo gene editing, critics fear designer babies

London: Britain has approved a scientist's request to edit the human genetic code in order to better understand how embryos develop -- but critics fear the new technique crosses too many ethical boundaries.


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Sanofi begins hunt for Zika vaccine as disease becomes global health emergency

Paris: French drug manufacturer, Sanofi, has decided to launch a project to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus and to fight the disease linked to multiple birth defects in Brazil. On Tuesday, the pharma company said...


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Study tries to boost babies' 'good bacteria' after C-section birth

New York: The researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from the mother's birth canal. A vaginal birth marks babies' first exposure to the bacteria. But babies born by C...


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Chipotle-linked E.coli outbreaks appear to be over: CDC

Washington: CDC, the federal agency that observes public health says the outbreak of E. coli illness linked to Chipotle restaurants that made 60 people sick appears to be over.


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Mandatory sex test to curb female foeticide possible

Union women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi favored for reversal of the government strategy to curb female foeticide by saying that centre was planning to lift the ban on sex determination of the foetus and making it mandatory.


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Honduras declares emergency to fight Zika virus

Honduras on Monday declared a state of national emergency, saying 3,649 suspected cases of Zika virus infections have been recorded in the country in less than three months. Health minister Yolani Batres has urged...


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Swiss doctors separate youngest ever conjoined twins successfully

Geneva: In a major medical breakthrough, doctors in Switzerland have successfully separated the youngest ever conjoined twins. A team of five surgeons along with two nurses and six anesthesiologists carried out the...


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Obesity, Diabetes During Pregnancy May Increase Risk Of Autism

Washington: Pregnant women who are diabetic and obese are at higher risk of giving birth to babies with autism, according to a new study. Children born to women with both conditions nearly quadrupled their risk to receive an autism...


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Fiber-rich Diet May Help Protect Against Breast Cancer

New York: A new study has revealed that eating lots of fiber-rich foods during high school years might significantly reduce a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. The researchers surveyed 44,000 women about their...


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Study: Common insecticides used to kill bedbugs no longer as effective as

Boston: Bedbugs have built up a resistance to common insecticides used to kill insects due to overuse, Virginia Tech and New Mexico State University researchers have found.


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