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Catholic group urges pope to allow contraception to fight Zika

/  10.02.2016  /  Health 

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A Roman Catholic group appealed to Pope Francis on Wednesday to allow Church members to “follow their conscience” and use contraception or to let women have abortions to protect themselves against the Zika virus.

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U.S. tests show some Lumber Liquidators flooring causes health woes: report

/  10.02.2016  /  Health 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government tests show some specific types of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators Holdings LLC could cause irritation and breathing problems, a federal report released on Wednesday showed.

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WHO urges women to cover up, have safe sex in Zika areas

/  10.02.2016  /  Health 

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) advised women in areas with the Zika virus on Wednesday to protect themselves, especially during pregnancy, by covering up against mosquitoes and practicing safe sex with their partners.

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Zika alarm sparks run on supply of scientific virus samples

/  10.02.2016  /  Health 

LONDON (Reuters) – Porton Down, the British government center famous for its Cold War germ warfare research, said on Wednesday it was working hard to keep up with demand for Zika virus samples as scientists around the world scramble for them.

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Finland has had two cases of Zika virus: official

/  10.02.2016  /  Health 

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Two people in Finland have tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus since last summer, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said on Wednesday.

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Asian scientists race to make Zika test kit, but lack of live sample a challenge

/  10.02.2016  /  Health 

NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Scientists in Asia are racing to put together detection kits for the Zika virus, with China on Thursday confirming its first case, but the researchers are challenged by the lack of a crucial element – a live sample of the virus.

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Zika no threat to Rio Games, German Olympic doctor says

/  10.02.2016  /  Health 

BERLIN (Reuters) – The spread of the Zika virus in Brazil needs to be monitored but is not a threat to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Germany’s chief Olympic doctor said on Wednesday.

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Zika, disease of the poor, may not change abortion in Brazil

/  10.02.2016  /  Health 

RECIFE (Reuters) – Six months pregnant with her first child, Eritania Maria has a rash and a mild fever, symptoms of the Zika virus linked to brain deformities in newborn children in Brazil.

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FDA puts full clinical hold on CTI BioPharma’s blood cancer drug

/  10.02.2016  /  Health 

(Reuters) – CTI BioPharma Corp said the U.S Food and Drug Administration has put a full clinical hold on the company’s investigational new drug application for pacritinib.

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Australia set to legalize cultivation of medical cannabis

/  10.02.2016  /  Health 

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia is expected to legalize the cultivation of cannabis for medical or scientific purposes with a bill introduced to parliament on Wednesday — the first step towards doctors eventually prescribing it to patients with chronic pain.

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