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Zika virus persisted in man's semen for 2 months: report
12 Feb 2016 at 11:42am
A man in Britain who was infected with Zika while traveling to the Cook Islands showed evidence of the mosquito-borne virus in his semen for two months, health officials said Friday. The finding raises new questions for health authorities as they scramble to learn more about Zika -- linked to a surge in birth defects in Brazil -- and the risk of transmission through sex. The case involved a 68-year-old man who was infected with Zika in 2014 while traveling.
Zika link to birth defects could be proven within weeks: WHO
12 Feb 2016 at 11:02am
By Stephanie Nebehay and Ben Hirschler GENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - The suspected link between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, the birth defect microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, could be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday. A sharp increase in microcephaly cases in Brazil has triggered a global health emergency over the mosquito-borne virus, which had previously been viewed as causing only a relatively mild illness, and has spurred a race to develop a vaccine, medicines and better diagnostic tests.
Two US Women Miscarry After Zika Infection, CDC Says
12 Feb 2016 at 11:02am
The women were infected with the virus after traveling abroad.
Outlook for Syria peace talks still 'cloudy': U.N.
12 Feb 2016 at 10:44am
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura is very keen to hold a new round of peace talks after big powers agreed on a "cessation of hostilities", a U.N. spokesman said on Friday, but plans to reconvene the negotiations were still "cloudy". De Mistura abruptly suspended a first round of talks on Feb. 3, saying there was more work to be done by the big powers sponsoring the talks between the Syrian sides, but he hoped to bring them back to the table in Geneva by Feb. 25. The big powers, led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, struck a deal in Munich early on Friday to start to bring an end to hostilities in a week and to provide rapid humanitarian access to a handful of besieged Syrian towns as a first step.
'Convoys can go very soon' if Syria's warring parties give nod: Egeland
12 Feb 2016 at 10:44am
Major and regional powers have pledged to help speed aid deliveries to besieged towns in Syria, but it is a very difficult and complicated process, the chairman of the working group said after its first meeting on Friday. The group, which includes Syria's allies Russia and Iran, had given "excellent feedback" and would meet again on Wednesday, Jan Egeland told reporters after a 3 hour meeting. "I sense now that all of the ISSG (International Syria Support Group) members want to get aid to the besieged areas and also the hard-to-reach areas," he said.
WHO: Zika vaccines at least 18 months away from broad trials
12 Feb 2016 at 10:43am
GENEVA (AP) ? Possible Zika vaccines are at least 18 months away from large-scale trials, the World Health Organization said Friday as it advised pregnant women to consider delaying travel to areas where the mosquito-borne virus has turned up amid concerns it may be linked to abnormally small heads in newborns.
Michigan governor, EPA to testify at House panel on Flint
12 Feb 2016 at 10:38am
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will testify on the Flint drinking water crisis at a House of Representatives oversight panel next month, aides for the committee said on Friday. The panel earlier this month held its first hearing into Flint's lead-laced drinking water, which thousands of children are believed to have ingested since April 2014. The committee has also invited Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to testify at next month's hearing.
Georgia settles lawsuit over hormone therapy for transgender inmate
12 Feb 2016 at 10:23am
Georgia has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a transgender woman who was denied hormone treatments while serving time in a state prison, attorneys involved in the case said on Friday. Ashley Diamond, 37, will receive an undisclosed amount of money from the state, according to the non-profit Southern Poverty Law Center, which represented her. ?We?re pleased that we were able to favorably resolve this case on behalf of Ashley Diamond and bring international attention to the plight of transgender prisoners,? Chinyere Ezie, a staff attorney for the center, said in the statement.
Most U.S. medical schools fail to accommodate disabilities
12 Feb 2016 at 10:16am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Most U.S. medical schools fail to accommodate students with disabilities, a study shows. While most schools posted their policies, known as technical standards, on their websites, only one third appeared to provide accommodations to students who might be eligible for help under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the analysis found. ?The students? ability to process complex information and help render diagnoses and help patients is not the issue ? rather the means by which educational information is provided is the issue,? said lead author Dr. Philip Zazove of the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.
Barry Manilow 'doing well' after surgery
12 Feb 2016 at 10:00am
(Reuters) - Barry Manilow is out of surgery and doing well, according to his publicist, after the singer was rushed to Los Angeles following a performance in Memphis because of complications from emergency oral surgery this week. "His doctors report that the surgery was successful and they expect no further complications," said an emailed statement from Manilow's publicist, adding that he had been instructed not to talk or sing for the next 48 hours. "Barry thanks everyone for their well wishes and concern," it said.
Kansas confirms two more norovirus cases in Buffalo Wild Wings probe
12 Feb 2016 at 9:45am
Two more cases of norovirus were confirmed in people who visited a Buffalo Wild Wings Inc restaurant in Kansas, but the source of the illness could not be identified, a spokeswoman for the state health department's county office said. Now, a total of three people out of the 10 people who were tested are confirmed to have contracted norovirus, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman said. There have been no other reports of illness related to the Buffalo Wild Wings' restaurant in Overland Park in suburban Kansas City, Johnson County spokeswoman Barbara Mitchell told Reuters in an email.
No classes at Pennsylvania college as 192 students sickened
12 Feb 2016 at 9:23am
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) ? Classes and weekend activities have been canceled at Ursinus College in eastern Pennsylvania as the school deals with a mystery illness that has sickened more than 190 students.
Can a cluttered kitchen give you the munchies?
12 Feb 2016 at 8:57am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - If you can?t seem to stop yourself from snacking, your messy kitchen may be at least partly to blame, a recent study suggests. ?It?s easier to spend five minutes cleaning up your kitchen than 24 hours trying to resist snacks,? senior study author Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and author of Slim by Design, said by email. To test how clutter impacts food choices and calorie consumption, researchers invited about 100 college women to participate in what they were told was an experiment exploring the link between personality and taste preference.
U.N. task force demands immediate aid access in Syria
12 Feb 2016 at 8:35am
Countries backing the U.S.- and Russian-led plan for a cessation of hostilities in Syria have requested access to besieged towns and expect approval from the warring parties without delay, the group's chairman Jan Egeland said on Friday. The "Task Force on Humanitarian Access in Syria" met at the United Nations in Geneva less than 24 hours after it was set up by major and regional powers meeting in Munich. "We have already submitted requests for access to the parties surrounding besieged areas,? Egeland said in a statement.
Athletes concerned about Zika before Rio Olympic test event
12 Feb 2016 at 8:09am
International athletes set to compete in an Olympic diving test event in Rio de Janeiro next week have asked about risks linked to the Zika virus, but have not canceled participation because of the outbreak, one of the organizers said on Friday. "They are concerned and are being given advice on how to proceed," Cassius Duran, a former Brazilian diver, told reporters at the inauguration of the remodeled Maria Lenk Aquatic Center, where the Olympic diving will be held in August. Duran said organizers were telling athletes to use repellants to protect themselves against mosquito bites, the primary means of transmission of the virus.