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Zika link to birth defects could be proven within weeks: WHO

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GENEVA/LONDON 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. | Video

Brazil reports more microcephaly cases under investigation

SAO PAULO Brazil's health ministry on Friday reported 4,314 suspected and confirmed cases of microcephaly, a birth defect causing an abnormally small head in newborns, up from 4,074 cases on Feb. 2.

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Michigan warning on Flint Legionnaires' outbreak came late

DETROIT State officials knew about an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease and its suspected link to water system issues in impoverished Flint, Michigan, at least 10 months before a public announcement was made, documents released on Friday showed.

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Kansas confirms two more norovirus cases in Buffalo Wild Wings probe

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.

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Athletes concerned about Zika before Rio Olympic test event

RIO DE JANEIRO 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.

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U.S. agencies to study safety of artificial turf fields

WASHINGTON Three U.S. government agencies will team up to study whether artificial turf fields and playgrounds that use bits of recycled tires are exposing children to dangerous chemicals.

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Exercise programs may lower the risk of serious falls for older men

(Reuters Health) - Older men who do moderate exercise several times per week may experience fewer injuries and hospitalizations from falls, a new study suggests.

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Express Scripts sees slow 2016 sales for new cholesterol drugs

NEW YORK A surge in sales of pricey new cholesterol treatments is unlikely to materialize this year, contrary to the previous expectations of Express Scripts Holding, an executive from the largest manager of U.S. drug benefits said on Friday.

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Most U.S. medical schools fail to accommodate disabilities

(Reuters Health) - Most U.S. medical schools fail to accommodate students with disabilities, a study shows.

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Can a cluttered kitchen give you the munchies?

(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.

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