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Spain records first case of sexually transmitted Zika virus

MADRID Spain has recorded its first known case of the Zika virus being sexually transmitted, after a woman contracted it from her partner after he returned from a Latin American…

Health officials race to prevent Congo yellow fever disaster

DAKAR It is the stuff of a disaster movie: an outbreak of yellow fever in Congo’s capital city, full of unvaccinated people mostly huddled together in slums with too few…

Obama says Congress must end deadlock on Zika funding

WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said Congress must end its deadlock on funding to combat the Zika virus before lawmakers head out to recess later this summer. “The…

‘Civil war’ in immune system can fight disease

‘Civil war’ in immune system can fight disease

Image copyright SPL Image caption A T-cell (orange) on the attack The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease, in animal studies. US…

Suicide warnings in Scottish hospitals ‘ignored’

Suicide warnings in Scottish hospitals ‘ignored’

Image caption Papers seen by the BBC show the hospital did not implement some recommendations from its own board Fifty people have taken their own lives in Scottish hospitals over…

Are Beets Good for Diabetes?

Are Beets Good for Diabetes?

Use of the word “superfood” has grown in recent years. Many a vegetable has been given this title, often despite little evidence for the health benefits claimed for such…