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Brazil finds Zika in saliva, urine; expert warns against kissing | Reuters

Feb 06, 2016

Brazil finds Zika in saliva, urine; expert warns against kissing | Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO Scientists identified the Zika virus in the saliva and urine of two infected patients, a top Brazilian biomedical research institution said on Friday, prompting its president to urge pregnant women not to kiss strangers just as local carnival celebrations begin. The discovery added to the rising concern over Zika, which is spreading rapidly in the Americans and has been linked to thousands of severe birth defects in Brazil. They said they used genetic testing to identify the virus in saliva and urine samples from two patients who had symptoms caused by Zika infection, and determined that the virus was active, meaning it had the potential to cause infection, scientists at the public Oswaldo Cruz Foundation said #Middle East #science #Health #Entertainment #article
While the world improves its record, here's why India has world's most stillborn babies

Feb 05, 2016

While the world improves its record, here's why India has world's most stillborn babies

Worldwide, the rate of stillbirths decreased to 18.4 per 1,000 births in 2015 from 24.7 in 2000. In India, the stillbirth rate fell from 33.3 to 23 over the same period, the same as Uganda, Ghana and Mozambique, all poorer countries. #ConnectTheDots #Babies #World Health Organisation #IndiaSpend #Stillborn
Zika virus spread via transfusion confirmed; Europe sees first pregnancy case

Feb 05, 2016

Zika virus spread via transfusion confirmed; Europe sees first pregnancy case

The World Health Organization on Thursday advised countries against accepting blood donations from people who have travelled to regions affected by the Zika virus, as Spain announced Europe's first known case of the disease in a pregnant woman. #NewsTracker #Europe #Spain #World Health Organization #WHO #Zika
Florida extends health emergency over Zika amid growing U.S. concern | Reuters

Feb 05, 2016

Florida extends health emergency over Zika amid growing U.S. concern | Reuters

TAMPA, Fla. Florida Governor Rick Scott expanded a public health emergency over the Zika virus on Thursday, adding a fifth county to the list of areas in the state with travel-related cases. #India #Australia #Health #Texas #Diseases #graphics
Inadequate testing thwarts efforts to measure Zika's impact | Reuters

Feb 05, 2016

Inadequate testing thwarts efforts to measure Zika's impact | Reuters

RIO DE JANEIRO One major hurdle is thwarting efforts to measure the extent of the Zika epidemic and its suspected links to thousands of birth defects in Brazil: accurate diagnosis of a virus that still confounds blood tests. Genetic tests and clinical symptoms have enabled scientists to partially track Zika, and Brazil guesses up to 1.5 million people have been infected in the country #France #science #Health #Europe #opinion #Diseases
World Cancer Day: Compulsory licensing of key drugs only way for India to fight this grave threat

Feb 04, 2016

World Cancer Day: Compulsory licensing of key drugs only way for India to fight this grave threat

About four years ago, cancer usually meant a slow death, coupled with a vain fight, for the common man. It was largely because of the exorbitant costs of medicines. #Health #InMyOpinion #Cancer #intellectual property rights #Bayer #Sorafenib #Nexavar #Compulsory Licensing #National List of Essential Medicines #oncologists #Indian Patents Act
In India, stigma defines the cancer narrative of doctors, patients and families

Feb 04, 2016

In India, stigma defines the cancer narrative of doctors, patients and families

Sensitising the public about the impact of stigma on patients can reduce the fear-inducing experiences of chronic illnesses. What is important to recognise and understand is that in the centre of any medical care is the patient and they really should be treated fairly, honestly and allowed to make decisions for themselves – even if the decision is not to decide! #HowThisWorks #India #Health #Cancer #doctors #Disease #Social Stigma #World Cancer Day
India must conduct a thorough reexamination of how it approaches early breast cancer detection

Feb 04, 2016

India must conduct a thorough reexamination of how it approaches early breast cancer detection

If valuable lives are to be saved from breast cancer ‘tsunami’ in India, there is an urgent need for a paradigm change in strategy to ensure early detection of breast cancer. #CriticalPoint #Telangana #Breast cancer #Breast Cancer awareness #National Family Health Survey #World Cancer Day #Mammography