Blood centers

The Food and Drug Administration wants all U.S. blood banks to start screening for Zika virus, a major expansion intended to protect the nation’s blood supply from the mosquito-borne disease. The new advisory means all U.S. states and territories will need to begin testing...

HIV

A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World Health Organization. They looked at responses to annual surveys that the WHO had sent to 127 countries between 2012 and 2014 asking about capacity...

NIH Official

A National Institutes of Health official said Sunday that the Zika virus could “hang around” the United States for a year or two. Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC’s “This Week” that other Gulf Coast states, besides Florida, are most vulnerable to the spread...

Seattle cancer patients

Officials say about 140 cancer patients in Seattle may have been exposed to tuberculosis by a health care worker who tested positive for the disease. The worker was exposed to patients at University of Washington Medical Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance between February...

US declares health emergency

The U.S. government on Friday declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico as a result of a Zika epidemic. The declaration allows the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to award grants, access emergency funds and temporarily appoint personnel where needed, among other...

Florida Zika Cases

Florida’s caseload of Zika spread by Miami mosquitoes has risen to 25, and U.S. health officials continue to warn pregnant women to avoid the infection zone despite the governor’s assurances that the area of concern is shrinking. Florida’s Department of Health...

Yogurt

Save the blues for winter – there’s nothing sad about bright sunshine, longer days, and beach-friendly temperatures. But even in the summer, things don’t always go our way –the AC broke, the food truck ran out of your favorite taco filling, and mosquitos love the...

Treat 3 parasitic

Scientists have found a single class of drugs that can kill the parasites responsible for three tropical diseases that affect millions in Africa, Asia and Latin America – Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and sleeping sickness. In a study published in the journal Nature, scientists...

Ages People's Brains'

The brains of overweight people look “10 years older” than those of leaner peers, a study has found. Brains naturally lose white matter – the part of the brain that transmits information – as people age. But a Cambridge University team found that loss was...

Dental Floss Unproven

The federal government has recommended flossing since 1979, first in a surgeon general’s report and later in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued every five years. The guidelines must be based on scientific evidence, under the law. Last year, the Associated Press...