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Back to its roots: how Zika may threaten Africa

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PRAIA/LONDON Florzinha Amado is eight months pregnant and trying to stay calm about whether the Zika virus infection she contracted at 21 weeks could have harmed her unborn child.

Brazil probes three deaths with Zika links, aims for vaccine in a year

BRASILIA Recent laboratory analyses identified Zika virus infections in three people who died in Brazil last year, the health ministry said on Thursday, although authorities could not confirm that Zika alone was responsible for their deaths.

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Venezuelan President says three dead from Zika-linked complications

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that three people had died of complications linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus and that suspected cases of Zika had risen to 5,221.

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EU agency accepts Sandoz application for pegfilgrastim biosimilar

ZURICH The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted an application to review Sandoz's biosimilar to Amgen's EU-licensed Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), a recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, Sandoz parent Novartis said on Thursday.

11 Feb 2016

Elderly patients rarely included in decision to use intensive care

(Reuters Health) - According to a study of 15 emergency departments, patients over age 80 who are admitted to intensive care are often not asked their opinion about admission.

11 Feb 2016

Textile workers at higher risk for rheumatoid arthritis

(Reuters Health) - Breathing textile dust on the job is linked to an almost tripled risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, an immune system disorder that causes debilitating swelling and pain in the joints, a Malaysian study suggests.

11 Feb 2016

Weight-loss surgery after age 35 linked to survival benefit

(Reuters Health) - Obese people who undergo a certain kind of weight-loss operation after age 35 may live longer than obese people of the same age who don't have the surgery, a study suggests.

11 Feb 2016

Better growth monitoring needed to spot childhood diseases

(Reuters Health) - Monitoring growth can serve as an early warning for many childhood diseases, but a lack of consensus on how tracking should work and what to look for may mean diagnosis is delayed for some and wrong for others, a recent research review suggests.

11 Feb 2016

Superbug review says more vaccines needed to reduce antibiotic use

LONDON More use of vaccines would reduce the need to use antibiotics and help fight the rise of drug-resistant superbug infections, according to a British government-commissioned review of the threat.

11 Feb 2016

Bilingual toddlers better at solving certain problems

(Reuters Health) – Toddlers who already speak two languages are better than their peers at a particular kind of problem solving that requires knowing when it’s okay to change the rules, according to a new study.

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