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Zika Virus Associated With New Type Of Brain Disease

By Tim Sandle

Rates of Zika virus have been increasing in many countries, with infection primarily through mosquito bites. The disease is associated with several ill-health effects. To add to those previously reported, an association with a new autoimmune disorder has been reported.   Zika virus is a member of the Flaviviridae virus family. In most people, the […]

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Using Mice To Predict Zika Infection In People

By Tim Sandle

In order to assess the risks of Zika virus in people, researchers are using a mouse based animal mo to predict why some people develop symptoms and others do not (Zika is symptomatic in one in four people); over, the research attempts to understand what is happening with babies. It is hoped the insight can […]

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Aim To Get Zika Out Of The Way Before Olympics

By Tim Sandle

With athletes considering pulling out, especially women, Olympics chiefs are getting nervous. The reason? The next summer Olympics is taking place in Brazil, the epicenter of the Zika virus outbreak. Zika virus disease is spread by mosquitoes, and causes a mild fever in 1 out of 4 people bitten. Although the fever dies away in a […]

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Zika Virus Kills Brain Cells

By Tim Sandle

Further evidence that the Zika virus affects the brain of the developing child has been reported by scientists. Zika virus, as The Latest News has reported, is a  mosquito-borne flavivirus. The worst hit territory is Brazil, however incidences have now been reported in 26 countries. While most adults are unaffected, or show only mild feverish symptoms, […]

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Brazilian Breast Implants Banned from UK

By Tim Sandle

The U.K. health regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, has banned the import of silicone breast implants manufactured by a company called Silimed. Other European regulators are expected to follow. The issue is due to particulates. Following an inspection carried out by the German Notified Body, the MHRA has temporarily suspended Silimed’s marketing […]

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Tiny Frog Species Found In Sky Islands Of Brazil

By Tim Sandle

A new species of frog has been discovered in a group of islands located close to Brazil. Unfortunately it could be a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, for the  newly discovered Brachycephalus quiririensis is threatened by pine plantations and cattle ranching. The previously unknown miniature frog was found hopping amongst some leaf litter within the high cloud forests […]