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  • 101 die in Nigeria from Lassa fever outbreak

    A growing Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria has killed 101 people, as West Africa battles to contain a flare-up of the virus, according to data from the nation's health authorities released Saturday. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) statistics show that reported cases of the haemorrhagic…

    AFP
  • Tampa police: 1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at club

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa police say a shooting at a strip club has left one person dead and seven others injured.

    Associated Press
  • Brazil's anti-Zika war goes house to house

    Sao Paulo resident Juliana Matuoka always thought her stunning tropical flowers were something to appreciate from afar. "Here, I got one!" exclaimed Marcio Hoglhammer, a municipal health department worker who arrived along with colleagues and two young soldiers as part of Brazil's massive…

    AFP
  • In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.

    Associated Press
  • New year, new travel: more Chinese choose tourism over tradition

    While hundreds of millions of his Chinese compatriots pack into planes, trains, and automobiles to return to their ancestral homes for the Lunar New Year celebration, Zhang Hao, 30, is getting as far away as he can. Instead of making the 1,200 kilometre trek from Beijing, where he works as a…

    AFP
  • Brazil considers reforming biosecurity law amid criticism

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian officials will soon decide whether to amend the South American nation's rigid procedures for sharing Zika samples, the Cabinet chief's spokeswoman said Friday, as officials announced that they were sending a set of samples to U.S. researchers amid complaints of…

    Associated Press
  • Do e-cigarettes make it harder to stop smoking?

    Is it harder to stop smoking if you use e-cigarettes?

    BBC News
  • Nintendo officially gives up on non-wearable ‘Quality of Life’ sleep tracker

    After more than a year, Nintendo revealed it will not continue development of its fitness-minded sleep monitoring device. Announced by former company president Satoru Iwata in October, 2014, the wireless sleep sensor was part of a proposed “quality of life” initiative at Nintendo, intended to build…

    Digital Trends
  • Florida readies for a fight with Zika virus

    MIAMI (AP) — Florida's history of fighting off mosquito-borne outbreaks puts the state in perhaps better position than most when it comes to the Zika virus.

    Associated Press
  • Hotel fire in Iraqi Kurdish region kills 19

    A fire at a hotel in the capital of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region killed 19 people and injured dozens more on Friday, officials said. Fourteen of the dead were from the Philippines, while three Iraqis, a Palestinian and another person of unknown nationality also died, said Saman Barzanji,…

    AFP
  • Cycling - Katusha suspend Vorganov for doping test failure

    - Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov was suspended by his Katusha team on Friday for testing positive for meldonium which was only placed on the banned list last month. The 33-year-old becomes the second Katusha rider to fail a drugs test in 12 months after Italy's Luca Paolini tested positive for…

    AFP
  • Colombia blames 3 deaths on Zika, nerve disorder

    Colombia said Friday that three people had died after contracting the Zika virus and developing a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre, the first time health officials have directly blamed the mosquito-borne disease for causing deaths. "We have confirmed and attributed three deaths to Zika,"…

    AFP
  • US urges condom use or abstinence to avoid Zika virus

    US health authorities on Friday urged people to use condoms or refrain from sex if they live in or have traveled to areas where the Zika virus is circulating. The new interim guidelines from the US Centers from Disease Control are aimed at pregnant women and their partners, and at people of…

    AFP
  • There’s no easy way to tell if Zika is transmitted sexually

    Earlier this week, the first case of Zika was reported (pdf) in the US in Dallas County, Texas. But unlike other cases of the virus, the county’s health department claims that transmission occurred between two people who had sex. The pandemic is concentrated in Latin America occurs from a mosquito…

    Quartz
  • For Brazil's Carnival fans, even Zika can't stop the party

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian Carnival could be called a hungry mosquito's dream — five days of non-stop street parties that bring together millions of revelers in an inviting mass of bare ankles, uncovered legs and denuded torsos. So the mosquito-borne Zika virus might be expected to dampen this…

    Associated Press
  • The CDC did a bad job of telling women the risks of alcohol and pregnancy

    On Tuesday (Feb. 2), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a press release stating that over 3 million women in the US risk delivering babies with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The CDC recommends that women of child-bearing age who drink—regardless of whether or not…

    Quartz
  • Zika detected in urine, saliva: top Brazilian researchers

    Brazil's top research institute said Friday that Zika has been detected in urine and saliva, but added that there is no proof the virus can be transmitted through those fluids. "The presence of the active Zika virus has been found in saliva and urine," Paulo Gadelha, head of the Fiocruz institute…

    AFP
  • Can You Take a Tax Break for Going Gluten-Free?

    You may be able to write off the costs of your special diet if you have celiac disease.

    Kiplinger