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The Zika virus, previously thought only to be a big threat to developing babies, might also affect adult brains, researchers reported Thursday. Tests in mice suggest the virus can get to and damage immature brain cells in adults — something that indicates Zika infection may not be as harmless for grown-ups as doctors have believed. ...

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Thirty people have been diagnosed with a rare paralyzing condition caused by Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico, the territory's health department said Thursday. And Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Thomas Frieden says he expects even more cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome in Puerto Rico because the virus is infecting so much of the...

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Researchers may have discovered a method of detecting changes in the eye which could identify Parkinson's disease before its symptoms develop. Scientists at University College London (UCL) say their early animal tests could lead to a cheap and non-invasive way to spot the disease. Parkinson's affects 1 in 500 people and is the second most...

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In 2014, Megan Serrano anxiously waited in her doctor's office when she received the dreaded news that she had thyroid cancer. She says it all started when she felt something weird in the back of her throat, but after visiting a clinic, receiving an ultrasound, and being handed her results Serrano decided not to have her...

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Pets might be a source of drug-resistant superbugs, Chinese researchers reported Tuesday. They found a pet shop worker infected with a much-feared antibiotic resistant strain of E. coli may have been infected by dogs at his store that carried the same strain. The 50-year-old man with a kidney inflammation had an infection with E....

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Virologists cleaning up after the Ebola epidemic in West Africa say they've discovered something surprising and promising: People who had malaria when they caught Ebola were more likely to survive the deadly infection. People infected with malaria when they caught Ebola were, on average, 20 percent less likely to die from their Ebola infections, the National...

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Buried in the fine print of many marketplace health plan documents is language that allows them to refuse to cover a range of services, many of which disproportionately affect women, a recent study found. It's unclear the extent to which these coverage "exclusions" have prevented patients from getting needed treatments. An insurance industry representative said patients...

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Evidence is building that sitting for too long can cause heart disease and diabetes — even in people who exercise, the American Heart Association said Monday. The trouble is, it's hard to measure just how inactive people are and there's not enough evidence yet to show just how much, or how often, you have to exercise...

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The race to develop a safe and effective vaccine against the Zika virus got one step closer Thursday, when a team of researchers reported positive results in the latest round of testing in monkeys. Three experimental vaccines being developed by researchers at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research had already...

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A new report out Monday finds a troubling link: when women take the common painkiller acetaminophen when they are pregnant, their kids may be more likely to have behavioral problems such as hyperactivity. But doctors have immediately questioned the inevitable headlines, and say this study does not show the pills affect unborn babies. And...

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