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Spain registers first case in Europe of baby born with Zika-related defect
25 Jul 2016 at 9:30am
Spain has recorded the first case in Europe of a baby born with the microcephaly birth defect associated with the Zika virus, Spanish health authorities said on Monday. The woman had been diagnosed with the virus in May and had decided to keep the baby, a spokeswoman for the regional health authorities of Catalonia, where the baby was born, told Reuters. The mosquito-borne Zika virus has been linked to hundreds of cases of microcephaly.
First baby with Zika-linked microcephaly born in Spain
25 Jul 2016 at 9:28am
MADRID (AP) ? Health officials in Barcelona say a woman has given birth to a baby boy with microcephaly associated with the Zika virus ? the first detected case in Spain.
Colombia declares end to Zika epidemic inside country
25 Jul 2016 at 9:13am
The epidemic of the Zika virus has officially ended in Colombia, the country's vice health minister said on Monday, 10 months after the mosquito-borne illness arrived in the Andean nation. The disease, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says can cause the devastating birth defect microcephaly, has infected nearly 100,000 Colombians and caused 21 cases of microcephaly. Vice Health Minister Fernando Ruiz told journalists that the number of infections has been falling by 600 cases a week, though the declaration does not mean an end to infections.
Flu vaccine may help keep diabetics out of the hospital
25 Jul 2016 at 9:12am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People with diabetes who get the flu vaccine may be less likely to wind up hospitalized for cardiovascular or respiratory problems, a recent study suggests. ?The potential impact of influenza vaccine to reduce serious illness and death highlight the importance to renew efforts to ensure that people with diabetes receive the flu vaccine every year,? said lead study author Dr. Eszter Vamos, a public health researcher at Imperial College London. Vamos and colleagues examined seven years of data on almost 125,000 people in England with type 2 diabetes, which is associated with aging and obesity and accounts for most cases of the disease.
Baby born in Spain with Zika-caused microcephaly, first in Europe: hospital
25 Jul 2016 at 9:11am
A woman infected with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby with the brain-damaging disorder microcephaly in Spain on Monday, her hospital said, the first case of its kind in Europe. A hospital source said she was infected in Latin America, where the virus is prevalent. "The baby did not require any resuscitation," Felix Castillo, neonatal chief at the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona, told a press conference, adding that the infant's vital signs were "normal and stable".
Venezuelan schoolchildren express hunger in drawings
25 Jul 2016 at 8:49am
By Daniel Kai CARACAS (Reuters) - When children at a Catholic-run school in a poor neighborhood of Venezuela's Caracas capital began fainting from hunger, teachers asked them to draw or describe their most recent meals and what they expected to eat next. The drawings and texts at the Padre Jose Maria Velaz school in western Caracas are another symptom of the oil-rich South American nation's deep economic crisis and its effects on nutrition and eating habits. Due to the faltering socialist economy and the plunge in global oil prices, Venezuela has been in recession since early 2014.
Tens of thousands of babies 'may be born with Zika disorders'
25 Jul 2016 at 8:49am
Tens of thousands of babies may be born with debilitating Zika-related disorders in the course of the outbreak sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean, researchers said Monday. Mathematical projections suggest about 93.4 million people may catch the virus -- including some 1.65 million pregnant women -- before the epidemic fizzles out, a team reported in the journal Nature Microbiology. Among women in a high-risk early term of pregnancy, anything between one and 13 percent have foetuses develop microcephaly or other Zika-related complications, said the multidisciplinary research team from the United States, Britain and Sweden.
Germany plans to extend price brake for drugs under statutory insurance
25 Jul 2016 at 8:16am
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany wants to extend a price brake for drugs covered by statutory health insurance for five years beyond 2017, stretching out the measure introduced in 2009, a draft law seen by Reuters shows. The health ministry estimates savings from the extension will amount to between 1.5 and 2.0 billion euros ($1.65-2.19 billion), ministry sources said. Under the draft law, the government in Germany, Europe's biggest market for medicines, also wants to lower prices of newly launched drugs within the first 12 months if sales are greater than 250 million euros. ...
Up to 1.65 million women of childbearing age at risk for Zika
25 Jul 2016 at 8:14am
By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - As many as 1.65 million women of childbearing age in Central and Latin America are at risk of being infected with Zika, resulting in tens of thousands of pregnancies that could be affected by the mosquito-borne virus that is linked with severe birth defects. Prior modeling efforts that focus on the number of cases have been challenging because people infected with Zika often don't have symptoms. According to study co-author Alex Perkins of University of Notre Dame, women in poorer areas are at greater risk for Zika because they are less likely to have screens on their windows and air conditioners - two factors that have a major influence on reducing exposure to mosquitoes that carry Zika.
When pot became legal in Colorado, kids' exposures went up
25 Jul 2016 at 8:12am
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - After recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, there was an increase in hospitalizations and poison control center visits for kids who?d been accidentally exposed to the drug, researchers say. Recreational marijuana became available in Colorado in 2014, and three other states now allow recreational use, the study authors point out in JAMA Pediatrics. Officials had hoped that the child resistant packaging requirements that were part of the recreational marijuana law ?might blunt any potential increase? in accidental exposures in children, but the increase was more dramatic than expected, said senior author Dr. Genie Roosevelt of the Denver Health and Hospital Authority.
Minorities may not get best care after a stroke
25 Jul 2016 at 8:10am
By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Minority patients in the U.S. may be less likely than white people to undergo procedures designed to prevent or treat strokes, a study suggests. ?Desirable? curative and preventive measures, ?with excellent evidence for good outcome,? were underutilized in minority patients, said lead author Dr. Roland Faigle of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. To assess the extent of racial disparities in care, Faigle and colleagues looked at data from a nationwide sample of hospitalized stroke patients from 2007 to 2011.
Mozambique myth-busting helpline tries to tackle HIV/AIDS
25 Jul 2016 at 6:33am
By Hannah McNeish XAI XAI, Mozambique (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In Mozambique's Gaza province, if someone makes it to their 35th birthday, "you rejoice", said Shady Zita, an English teacher in a rural secondary school. Most of the funerals that he goes to are for people who are even younger, as a deadly virus that no one wants to speak about keeps picking off Mozambique's youth. "We are surrounded by people who have HIV, to be frank," said Zita, who until recently also knew very little about the province's biggest killer.
Scientists develop new compound offering unprecedented UVA sun protection
25 Jul 2016 at 6:14am
The famous SPF (Sun Protection Factor) seen on sun creams rates a product's ability to block UVB rays, responsible for skin aging and the main cause of skin reddening and sunburn. Now, scientists at the University of Bath in the UK have developed a new compound called the "mitoiron claw," which offers unprecedented levels of protection from the harmful effects of UVA.
FDA rejects Ocular Therapeutix post-operative eye pain treatment
25 Jul 2016 at 5:35am
(Reuters) - Drug developer Ocular Therapeutix Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had denied approval for its treatment for post-operative eye pain. The company said on Monday that the FDA raised concerns related to its manufacturing process after an inspection of its facility. (Reporting by Dipika Jain in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey)
Pakistan urges Indonesia to delay execution of man convicted of drug smuggling
25 Jul 2016 at 5:12am
Pakistan on Monday urged the Indonesian government to stay the execution of one of its nationals convicted of smuggling drugs, citing concerns that his 2005 trial had been unfair. Indonesia, which is among Southeast Asia's biggest markets for narcotics, has declared a "drug emergency" and vowed no mercy for drug traffickers. It provoked international outrage in April last year with the executions of eight drug traffickers, seven foreigners among them, following the 2013 end of a five-year temporary halt in the practice.