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Birth Defects

Zika Virus Continues To Replicate In Newborns' Brains, Study Finds

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.14.2016 | Healthy Living

(Reuters) - U.S. researchers have found evidence of the Zika virus replicating in fetal brains for up to seven months after the mother became infected...

The Zika Virus Can Cause More Birth Defects Beyond Microcephaly

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.04.2016 | Healthy Living

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - The mosquito-borne Zika virus can lead to extensive birth defects that go beyond microcephaly, a Brazilian study s...

Microcephaly Isn’t The Only Threat Zika Virus Poses To Newborns

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 08.09.2016 | Healthy Living

The most commonly known birth defect caused by Zika virus is microcephaly, a condition in which an infant’s head circumference is smaller than avera...

Zika, Zika, Zika: Some Simple Tidbits And Tips

Adam Friedman, MD FAAD | Posted 08.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Adam Friedman, MD FAAD

With summer in full swing, increasing concerns about the spread of the Zika virus in the United States are raining on our long-awaited parade. The Zi...

In Florida Zika Probe, Federal Scientists Kept At Arm's Length

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.10.2017 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO, July 29 (Reuters) - The state of Florida, the first to report the arrival of Zika in the continental United States, has yet to invite a dedic...

How Zika Presents a Teachable Moment for Caring for Children with Disabilities

Deborah Klein Walker | Posted 04.26.2017 | Impact
Deborah Klein Walker

The growing number of cases of microcephaly, caused by congenital Zika infection, has been declared a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO). Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned that "everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we originally thought."

It's Official: Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly, Other Birth Defects

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living

Zika virus is the cause of microcephaly and other fetal brain defects, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday. While ...

The Rise of Zika

Medical Discovery News | Posted 04.07.2017 | Science
Medical Discovery News

Have you noticed in the past few years, we seem to be continuously assaulted by microbial menaces? The latest is one that we are beginning to know well is Zika.

Zika Virus May Cause A Host Of Birth Defects In Babies Exposed In Utero | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.07.2016 | Healthy Living

By: Rachael Rettner and Karen Rowan Published: 03/05/2016 02:00 PM EST on LiveScience Pregnant women who become infected with Zika virus may be at ris...

Lucky to Be Alive: Zika Coverage, Ableism, and the Terror of Disabled Bodies

Karrie Higgins | Posted 02.05.2017 | Healthy Living
Karrie Higgins

I am pro-choice. I am not talking about choice. I am talking about how it feels as a disabled person to witness panic about disabled bodies coming into this world. 

What You Need To Know About The Zika Virus

Vincent Racaniello | Posted 02.01.2017 | Healthy Living
Vincent Racaniello

The rapid spread of Zika virus through the Americas, together with the association of infection with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, have propelled this previously ignored virus into the limelight. So what is this virus and where did it come from?

Colombia Advises Women To Delay Pregnancy During Zika Outbreak

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living

BOGOTA (Reuters) - The mosquito-borne Zika virus has already infected more than 13,500 people in Colombia and could hit as many as 700,000, the health...

We Need To Take Action Against Zika Virus Now, U.S. Experts Say | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.20.2016 | Healthy Living

By: Mindy Weisberger Published: 01/15/2016 02:34 AM EST on LiveScience The rapid spread of a disease called Zika virus urgently requires attention, tw...

Strong Signs Zika Virus Is Linked To Birth Defects, Says CDC

AP | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.20.2016 | Healthy Living

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Researchers have found the strongest evidence so far of a possible link between a mosquito-borne virus and a surge of birth de...

What You Need To Know About The Zika Virus | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.16.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Mindy Weisberger Published: 12/16/2015 10:51 AM EST on LiveScience Infections with Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitos, are on the rise acro...

Agent Orange: Terrible Legacy of the Vietnam War

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Although U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War have received some compensation for Agent Orange-related illnesses, the Vietnamese people have never seen a dime.

30 Years Later, Cher's Mask Still Hits Home

Shannon Wrzesinski | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Shannon Wrzesinski

I have a condition called microtia. I'm grateful for wonderful biopics like Mask that give us a glimpse into other people's lives, and serve to inspire us. When you're a child born with a birth defect, whether it's severe like Rocky's or not, there are three things you learn early in life.

Part II: When Mad Men Met a Sedative -- False Hype, Fake Numbers and Untold Birth Defects

Eileen Cronin | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Eileen Cronin

While this chapter of FDA history is behind us, the damages of thalidomide's "clinical trials" continue to reveal themselves more than 50 years later.

Part I: When Mad Men Met a Sedative -- How U.S. Doctors Were Duped Into Doling Out a Toxic Drug

Eileen Cronin | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Eileen Cronin

In part one of our follow-up series on thalidomide, we focus on the pseudo "clinical trials" and gross negligence of Richardson-Merrell, which distributed thalidomide to 1,267 U.S. physicians.

Yagana Shah

How Smoking During Pregnancy Affects Grandchildren's Growth | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty

You know that it's really bad for your kids if you smoke while pregnant. But the consequences of smoking during pregnancy actually last more than just...

Return of the Weasels

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

America is still struggling to live up to its creed enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and overcome its huge birth defects built into the implementation of our political and economic system.

Birth Defect In Washington State Babies Stumps Scientists

Posted 05.16.2014 | Parents

BY JONATHAN KAMINSKY OLYMPIA Wash. Wed May 14, 2014 6:51pm EDT (Reuters) - An alarming number of babies in a rural swath of central Washington sta...

Rare Birth Defect Cases Common Among Hispanics Here

VOXXI | Hope Gillette | Posted 04.28.2014 | Latino Voices

The majority of the population in Central Washington’s Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties is Hispanic, and it is within these counties that a rare...

A Mother's Advice to Her Graduating Son

Amy Roost | Posted 06.01.2014 | Fifty
Amy Roost

I received a text from my son in the middle of the night. It read, "I love you." My first thought was to text back: "Are you okay?!" And then I remembered. He's on mile 26 of a marathon.

Birth Defects In Rural Washington Stun Experts

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 02.23.2014 | Parents

A group of small communities in central Washington may be facing a very big problem. Doctors there are baffled by a cluster of local cases involvin...