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Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

Researchers identify Zika proteins that target fetal brains

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Scientists at the University of Southern California discovered a key weapon used by the Zika virus to ravage the brains of infected fetuses: proteins. In an article published Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell, researchers identified two proteins in Zika potentially responsible for causing microcephaly. Microcephaly is […]

August 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

I’m an OB-GYN treating women with Zika: This is what it’s like

By Christine Curry Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Miami TheConversation.com As a medical student, I remember reading books about the early days of the HIV epidemic and wondering what it was like for doctors to take care of patients who had a new, unknown disease. It seemed to me like it would […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

Zika: Game-changer for Florida OB/GYN doctors

By Sammy Mack, WLRN Kaiser Health News Late last fall, Dr. Christine Curry was at a faculty meeting with her colleagues when the conversation turned to new reports linking the Zika virus to a surge in microcephaly in infants in Brazil. “I think it’s fair to say that most obstetricians had never heard of this […]

August 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Breastfeeding and insurance: learn your rights

Breastfeeding and insurance: learn your rights

From the Office of the Insurance Commissioner This week is World Breastfeeding Week, when people from all over the world celebrate breastfeeding. It may surprise you to hear that there’s a connection between breastfeeding and insurance. The Affordable Care Act requires most health insurance plans to provide breastfeeding and lactation support, equipment and counseling to women during […]

August 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Women and Zika: Smart questions and a few solid answers

Women and Zika: Smart questions and a few solid answers

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News This story was first published June 13; It was last updated July 29. The Zika virus is now being actively spread in the continental United  States, Florida officials announced Friday. The virus, which is principally transmitted by mosquitoes, has been triggering public health warnings — especially among women of […]

July 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
CDC urges doctors to aggressively test pregnant women for Zika

CDC urges doctors to aggressively test pregnant women for Zika

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on doctors to more aggressively screen pregnant women for the Zika virus and to take advantage of new testing technology to improve the diagnosis, follow-up and monitoring of those who have been infected. The guidance, published Monday, comes amid growing concerns about […]

July 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Florida tests more than 200 residents in Zika probe | Reuters

Florida tests more than 200 residents in Zika probe | Reuters

Health authorities in Florida have tested about 200 people for the Zika virus as part of the state’s investigation of two possible cases of infections not related to travel to a region hit by an outbreak, officials said on Friday. Florida’s health department this week began looking into what may be the first cases in […]

July 25, 2016 | By | Reply More
With uptick in home births, midwives seek to practice in more states

With uptick in home births, midwives seek to practice in more states

By Michael Ollove Stateline Jennifer Crook is a trained and certified midwife living in Birmingham, Alabama, who has presided over about 200 home births. But to do so, she and her pregnant patients had to drive two hours across the state line to Tennessee. The reason for the border crossing was simple: Alabama is among […]

July 19, 2016 | By | Reply More
First female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection reported in New York City

First female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection reported in New York City

First known case of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection has been reported in New York City, the US Centers for Disease Control said Friday. The New York City  report of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus infection is the first documented case of sexual transmission of Zika from a woman to her sex […]

July 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Zika travel tips

Zika travel tips

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News In a span of 13 months, a relatively unknown virus morphed into a global health emergency thanks to a pest less than four millimeters wide. The Pan American Health Organization reports more than 50,000 people in the Western Hemisphere are infected with the Zika virus. The primary mode […]

July 11, 2016 | By | Reply More