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Zika-damaged babies could appear normal, says study

Zika-damaged babies could appear normal, says study

Image copyright AP Image caption Dejailson Arruda and his daughter Luiza, who was born with microcephaly Babies with brains damaged by the Zika virus might still appear normal, a large…

Ibuprofen ‘disables’ Ebola virus

Ibuprofen ‘disables’ Ebola virus

Image copyright SPL The painkiller ibuprofen and the cancer drug toremifene can disable the Ebola virus, say researchers. Scientists used the UK’s national synchrotron facility – Diamond Light Source –…

Olympics will come and go but Zika is here to stay, scientists say

RIO DE JANEIRO Battered by a presidential impeachment and the worst recession since the Great Depression, Brazil is getting a rare bit of relief as Rio de Janeiro prepares to…

Nearly one in four deaths ‘avoidable’

Nearly one in four deaths ‘avoidable’

Image copyright KatarzynaBialasiewicz Almost a quarter of all deaths in England and Wales are potentially avoidable, 2014 figures released by the Office for National Statistics suggest. The report shows that…

Cannibalism: A health warning

Cannibalism: A health warning

There are few topics that cause more intense feelings of revulsion than cannibalism. The consumption of another human’s flesh is abhorrent, vile, and – to Western sensibilities – morally wrong.…

‘Bath daily’ advice for eczema children

‘Bath daily’ advice for eczema children

Image copyright Thinkstock If your child has eczema it is fine to give them a dunk in the bath every day, as long as you apply lots of moisturising emollient…

Helium discovery a ‘game-changer’

Helium discovery a ‘game-changer’

Image copyright BRIAN BELL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Helium is used in science in microscopes Scientists have discovered a large helium gas field in Tanzania. With world supplies running out,…

Zika vaccine ‘works very well’ in mice

Zika vaccine ‘works very well’ in mice

Image copyright SPL A single dose of an experimental vaccine can protect mice against the Zika virus, raising renewed hope of a vaccine for humans, say scientists. The US team…

First baby with Zika-related birth defect microcephaly born in Florida

A Haitian woman in Florida has delivered the first baby in the state born with the birth defect microcephaly caused by the Zika virus, Florida’s health department said on Tuesday.…

White House chides Congress for failing to fund Zika

WASHINGTON White House spokesman Josh Earnest, on Tuesday, chided Republicans for failing to push forward with the president’s request for funding to combat the Zika virus and address an urgent…