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Anna Almendrala
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Anna Almendrala is a Healthy Living editor for the Huffington Post. She was born in Manila, Philippines and grew up in New Zealand and California. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2006 with a double major in Rhetoric and Spanish and has previously worked for Sojourners and Brave New Films. She lives with her husband in Los Angeles.

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Novas diretrizes sobre o Zika vão mudar como os americanos fazem sexo

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 8:09 PM

Casais que estejam esperando bebês e cujo parceiro do sexo masculino possa ter sido exposto ao zika vírus devem usar camisinha para fazer sexo vaginal, anal e oral, ou então abster-se de sexo para evitar a transmissão da doença, segundo novas diretrizes divulgadas pelo governo americano.

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The Latest On Zika: Virus In Bodily Fluids Prompts New Sex Recommendations

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 3:26 PM

On Friday, Brazilian researchers detected Zika virus in saliva and urine for the first time. While it's still too early to say whether the disease can be spread by the fluids, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its health guidelines for pregnant women to include

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New Zika Guidelines Will Change How Lots Of Americans Have Sex

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 12:09 PM

Pregnant couples in which a male partner may have been exposed to the mosquito-borne Zika virus should use condoms during vaginal, anal and oral sex or be abstinent in order to prevent sexual transmission of the disease, according to new federal guidelines

That's because sexually transmitting Zika virus...

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What Pregnant Women Should Know About Zika Virus

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 7:12 PM

On Monday, the World Health Organization declared a "public health emergency of international concern" due to the cluster of birth defects potentially linked to Zika virus.  

No one is probably more concerned about this connection than the world’s pregnant women, especially those who are living...

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Risques, propagation, localisation... Tout ce qu'il faut savoir sur le virus Zika

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 5:21 PM

SANTÉ - En octobre 2015, les autorités sanitaires brésiliennes ont rapporté à l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé (OMS) qu’un nombre inquiétant de bébés brésiliens étaient atteints de microcéphalie, une malformation congénitale rare et débilitante dont les séquelles sont irrémédiables. Moins de quatre mois plus tard, l'OMS a décrété...

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WHO Declares Public Health Emergency Around Zika Virus

(7) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 10:22 AM

The World Health Organization declared a "public health emergency of international concern" on Monday morning due to the clusters of microcephaly and other neurological abnormalities that may be caused by Zika virus.

This designation, also known as PHEIC, has only been applied to three other illnesses in...

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9 Important Questions About Zika Virus, Answered

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 4:46 PM

There are many things we don’t know about Zika virus, the mosquito-borne disease that may infect three to four million people before the epidemic dies out, according to the World Health Organization. 

Experts suspect Zika may be responsible for thousands of babies born with...

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Guía ilustrada para entender el brote del virus del Zika

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2016 | 10:00 AM

En octubre de 2015, las autoridades sanitarias brasileñas informaron a la Organización Mundial de la Salud de que un alarmante número de bebés habían nacido con microcefalia, una anomalía congénita y muy inusual con consecuencias de por vida.

Los investigadores rápidamente asociaron ese brote con el...

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임신부가 알아야 할 소두증 유발 '지카 바이러스'에 대한 필수 정보(일러스트)

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 5:01 PM

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브라질에서 태어난 2달 된 아기가 병원에서 검사를 받고 있다.

2015년 10월, 브라질 보건부는 WHO에 소두증에 걸린 채 태어나는 아이들이 위험할 정도로 많다고 알렸다. 소두증은 희귀한 선천적 장애로, 평생 영향을 준다.

연구자들은 모기가 옮기는 잘 알려지지 않은 열대병 지카 바이러스와 소두증 사이의 관련을...

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U.S. Scientists Are Starting From Ground Zero With The Zika Vaccine

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 7:24 PM

As the research community gears up to address Zika virus, one common question has been why, if we’ve known about Zika since 1947, are we only starting these efforts in 2016?

As Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,...

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The CDC Says A Zika Virus Outbreak In The U.S. Is 'Likely'

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 1:24 PM

Don’t be surprised if the mosquito-borne Zika virus making its way through Latin America and the Caribbean spreads within the U.S., national health officials warned Thursday.

The virus, which has been making international headlines for months due to its suspected role in serious birth defects and rare...

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Many Doctors Who Face Malpractice Suits Are Serial Offenders

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 5:59 PM

A tiny fraction of doctors are responsible for a surprising number of malpractice claim settlements, according to new research published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Just one percent of doctors were linked to 32 percent of malpractice settlements paid out between 2005 to 2014, according...

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How To Harness The Power Of Your Squad To Achieve Your Goals

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 2:49 PM

Shonda Rhimes fans are making 2016 the "year of yes," inspired by her book of the same name that instructs anxious readers to stay open to new opportunities. Meanwhile, Lena Dunham's crew is leaning into a "year of no," after the actress and writer admitted she was...

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Should You Get Tested For Zika Virus? A Flowchart

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 2:11 PM

UPDATE: The CDC's guidelines for pregnant travelers returning from an area with Zika virus transmission changed Feb. 5. See the latest advice for pregnant women who may have been exposed to the virus but aren't experiencing symptoms.


News about Zika virus -- the tropical,...

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Yes, You Can Die From Shoveling Snow

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2016 | 1:30 PM

Middle-aged denizens of the Northeast should take extra care after last weekend’s Winter Storm Jonas, according to heart experts

The storm has resulted in roughly 20 deaths, according to The New York Times. Six of those people died while shoveling...

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An Illustrated Guide To The Zika Outbreak

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2016 | 1:19 PM

In October 2015, Brazilian health authorities notified the World Health Organization that an alarming number of Brazilian babies had been born with microcephaly, a rare, debilitating birth defect with lifelong consequences.

Researchers quickly linked the spike in birth defects to the outbreak of a little-known tropical...

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How To Stick To Your Goals Through The Power Of Friendship

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 1:34 PM

If you want to start your own accountability group (or goal squad, as I like to say) but aren’t sure what to do first, try taking a page from Henriette Anne Klauser, author of the books Writing On Both Sides Of The Brain and Write It...

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Davos' Ebola Vaccine Deal Signals A Major Shift In Global Health

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2016 | 12:19 PM

The world's leading international coalition on vaccines and immunizations announced Wednesday that it will invest in a promising Ebola virus vaccine that has demonstrated 100 percent effectiveness in human trials.

The announcement, which came during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, marks the...

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Pregnant Women Shouldn't Travel To Countries With Zika Virus, CDC Says

(1) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 8:03 PM

People traveling to Central America and South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean, should take special precautions against mosquito bites because of an outbreak of Zika virus, a previously rare disease that may be linked to serious birth defects. Pregnant women should consider avoiding the...

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5 Things Doctors Want You To Know About America's Quest To Cure Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2016 | 6:49 PM

During his final State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Barack Obama charged his vice president with...

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