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Case Report Shows Possible Link Between Zika, More Severe Birth Defects

News outlets discuss the findings of a report published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases on severe birth defects and a possible link to Zika virus. CIDRAP News: Case hints at other severe birth defects tied to Zika “The suspected link between Zika virus and congenital complications in newborns grew stronger [Thursday]…

American Public Closely Following Zika Outbreak, Kaiser Family Foundation Poll Shows

Media outlets report on a Kaiser Family Foundation poll that examined the public’s views on changing the U.S. health system and included some questions on the Zika outbreak. Becker’s Hospital Review: Kaiser poll: American public closely following Flint, Zika news and getting good information overall “The American public is following…

President Obama Optimistic About Zika Vaccine Research At White House Precision Medicine Initiative Summit; HHS Secretary Discusses Funding On Capitol Hill

CQ HealthBeat: More Burwell Budget Testimony; White House Summit Promotes Precision Medicine “…Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell return[ed] to Capitol Hill [Thursday] to defend her department’s fiscal 2017 budget proposal. The House Appropriations panel responsible for the annual Labor-HHS spending bill will also likely hear an appeal…

Many Ebola Survivors Experience Long-Term Risks, Complications, Researchers Report

The Guardian: Ebola survivors face long-term neurological problems, researchers find “Ebola survivors are continuing to suffer from neurological problems more than six months after infection, according to the early results of a new study. The findings from research undertaken by U.S. neurologists in Liberia appear to confirm suspicions that there…

U.S. Senate, House To Consider Legislation Addressing Zika Research, Funding

CQ News: Zika Bill Could Dovetail With Broader Research Initiative “Legislation that aims to speed the development and approval of a Zika virus vaccine could dovetail with ongoing efforts to spur biomedical innovation, according to the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., indicated…

Zika, Dengue Disproportionately Affecting Poorer Populations In Brazilian City

Washington Post: Zika exposes class differences in Brazil, where most victims are poor “…Since last year, Zika has infected an estimated 1.5 million Brazilians, mostly in the hot, poor northeast. Though the virus arrived late to [Ribeirão Preto, a] city of 660,000, the local health department already suspects that 130…

Researchers Examine Links Between Climate Change, Spread Of Diseases, Mosquitoes

The Atlantic: The Link Between Zika and Climate Change “…[A]s the Zika epidemic continues to spread through Brazil, Central America, and now the United States, scientists will continue to wrestle with how environmental factors like climate change are affecting the creatures that spread infectious diseases…” (Mercer, 2/24).

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