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July 30, 2016 1:35 PM 'It's a national issue': Zika could soon spread to Louisiana and Texas, says expert, after disease-carrying mosquitoes were confirmed in Florida

The Zika virus could soon be spreading to Louisiana and Texas, warned a tropical medical expert, after four patients in Florida have tested positive for the virus. All four of the mysterious Zika cases diagnosed this month almost certainly came from local mosquitoes, Governor Scott announced on Friday, meaning that Zika has reached America. In Miami 18

July 30, 2016 7:47 AM More bug spray, less dining al fresco planned in Zika zone

MIAMI (AP) — As word spread that Miami's hippest neighborhood was now considered ground zero for the first mosquito-transmitted infections of the Zika virus in the U.S. mainland, many residents vowed to take precautions, local officials urged tourists not to change travel plans and mosquito-control workers geared up for war against the pests. "Zika is now here," Dr. Thomas 25

July 29, 2016 10:19 PM How your smartphone can help find a cure for Zika

When your laptop is sitting idly on your desk or your smartphone is tucked snugly in your pocket, the devices could be powering a worldwide effort to find a cure for the Zika virus. OpenZika, a project on IBM’s World Community Grid, crowdsources the spare computing power of thousands of devices to help scientists look for possible treatments to combat 32

July 29, 2016 8:12 PM Florida Zika cases a 'game changer' that puts pressure on Congress to act

Both American athletes and sports fans have canceled plans to travel to Brazil for next week's Olympics for fear of contracting the Zika virus. Now the apparent spread of Zika to Florida, confirmed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott Friday, means that Americans could face the risk of becoming infected in their own backyards. Scott announced that four Florida 19

July 29, 2016 2:03 PM Florida announces Zika is likely spreading by mosquitoes in the continental U.S

Florida officials on Friday announced the first local spread of Zika virus through infected mosquitoes in the continental United States. Gov. Rick Scott made the announcement during a press conference Friday after a health department investigation into four suspected cases in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. He said transmission was confined to a small 22

July 29, 2016 6:22 AM Only the sickest Coloradans on Medicaid get breakthrough treatment for hepatitis C

It’s not until the final two stages of liver damage that needy Coloradans with the blood-borne hepatitis C virus get access to a life-saving drug with a 90-percent cure rate and an exorbitant price tag. “You’ve got to be on death’s door before they will treat you,” said David Higginbotham, a Colorado Medicaid beneficiary who contracted the virus 35 years 35

July 29, 2016 5:43 AM World Hepatitis Day 2016: How to avoid this disease

This criminally ambitious woman has only gotten this far because of lies, her own, her husband's, her party's, all the henchmen and henchwomen hired by her or on whom she has paralyzing blackmail...but on election day, unless they can also manage to corrupt the machinery of voting and vote counting, enough people will gather at the polls who have seen through 12

July 29, 2016 5:38 AM India should double coverage of HBV vaccine at birth: WHO

Mackenzie Foy joins Disney's new 'Nutcracker' movie Coverage of Hepatitis B vaccine at birth in India should be doubled by 2020 from the current 45 per cent by addressing the administrative and logistic issues to safeguard the young against the deadly disease, according to the World Health Organisation. Hepatitis B is a contagious liver disease. If babies 22

July 29, 2016 3:10 AM Apollo astronauts more likely to suffer heart problems

It’s been almost half a century since we first sent human beings to the moon and yet we’re still sorting out the effects of this wild journey. A new study published today in Scientific Reports found that, compared to astronauts traveling to the International Space Station (ISS), deep-space exploring astronauts might be more likely to suffer heart problems 35

July 29, 2016 12:57 AM ‘Exercise for 1 hour daily to beat health risks from sitting’

Moderate exercise such as cycling and walking for just an hour daily may eliminate the health risks associated with sitting for eight or more hours a day, a new study has claimed. Ever since a study in 1953 discovered that bus drivers in the UK were at greater risk of heart disease compared to bus conductors, scientists have found increasing evidence 10