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National Health News, World Health News Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Zika Virus

enters for Disease Control and Prevention have warned pregnant women against travel to several countries in the Caribbean and Latin America where theZika virus is spreading. Infection with the virus appears to be linked to the development of unusually small heads and brain damage in newborns. Some pregnant women who have been to these regions […]

1/28/16 at 1:48 pm     1282          New York Times
World Health News Year in Review: Ebola Vaccines on the Way

Year in Review: Ebola Vaccines on the Way

ace to develop Ebola vaccines closed in on the finish line this year, as scientists tested two candidates that could ultimately be stockpiled for future outbreaks. Both vaccines target a protein made by Zaire ebolavirus, the virus that raged through West Africa in 2014 and early 2015, killing more than 11,000 people (SN: 12/27/14, […]

12/16/15 at 3:12 pm     1253      ,     Science News
World Health News What UV Light Does to Skin to Cause Sunburn, Wrinkles and Cancer

What UV Light Does to Skin to Cause Sunburn, Wrinkles and Cancer

ght causes everything from sunburn to skin cancer and the wrinkles and sagging that come with age. But what exactly does it do in our bodies to wreak all that havoc? Ultraviolet (UV) light is just a higher energy version of the light we see (visible light). And it’s that higher energy that makes […]

11/19/15 at 5:00 pm     1188      , ,     Australian Broadcasting Corporation
World Health News Time to get clean: Formal recognition of drug pollution will help to protect humans and ecosystems.

Time to get clean: Formal recognition of drug pollution will help to protect humans and ecosystems.

nations have strict controls on environmental waste, from arsenic to zinc. Yet no legal limits have been set to control pollution from drugs during their manufacture, use and disposal. That is despite evidence that pharmaceutical waste can wreak havoc in the environment — hormones found in contraceptives cause male fish to grow female sex […]

10/6/15 at 12:56 pm     1139      ,     Nature
World Health News WHO agency says insecticides lindane and DDT linked to cancer

WHO agency says insecticides lindane and DDT linked to cancer

nsecticide lindane, once widely used in agriculture and to treat human lice and scabies, causes cancer and has been specifically linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) also said that DDT, or dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, probably causes cancer, with scientific evidence linking it […]

6/24/15 at 10:57 am     1296      , , , ,     Reuters
World Health News Science Fair Winner Designs Device To Cut Virus Spread On Planes

Science Fair Winner Designs Device To Cut Virus Spread On Planes

17-year-old Raymond Wang saw the Ebola outbreak on the news last year, it got him thinking about viruses and how they spread around the world, especially on airplanes. He dug into the literature, and found some disconcerting studies. For instance, one study estimated that a person sick with H1N1 swine flu has the potential […]

6/15/15 at 5:00 pm     1148      , ,     www.NPR.org
World Health News Surfers wanted for ‘superbug’ study

Surfers wanted for ‘superbug’ study

tists are launching an investigation into antibiotic-resistant bacteria, known as “superbugs”, by gathering data from surfers’ rectums. “Beach Bums” is the first UK project of its kind, teaming researchers with the action group Surfers Against Sewage. Surfers are being asked to volunteer to provide rectal swabs to help scientists to find out the effects of […]

6/9/15 at 4:23 pm     1243      ,     BBC News
World Health News Air pollution is world’s top environmental health risk, WHO says

Air pollution is world’s top environmental health risk, WHO says

ssessment was reached at the first ever discussion on air pollution and its health impacts at WHO’s World Health Assembly, which concluded in Geneva last week. Delegates at the assembly adopted a resolution to address the health impacts of air pollution. The new estimation significantly increases the threat posed by air pollution and has dire […]

6/2/15 at 9:32 am     1104      ,     India Times