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WHO sees Zika link proven in weeks as U.S., India lead vaccine race

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GENEVA The World Health Organization (WHO) expects suspected links between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, microcephaly in babies and Guillain-Barre syndrome, to be confirmed within weeks, a top official said on Friday.

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Zika pushes 38 percent of U.S. businesses surveyed to let workers defer trips 9:09am GMT

Some 38 percent of U.S. multinationals, universities and non-profits surveyed by an arm of the State Department are allowing female employees to defer travel or leave countries where the Zika virus has been reported.

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Back to its roots: how Zika may threaten Africa 11 Feb 2016

PRAIA/LONDON Florzinha Amado is eight months pregnant and trying to stay calm about whether the Zika virus infection she contracted at 21 weeks could have harmed her unborn child.

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Brazil probes three deaths with Zika links, aims for vaccine in a year 11 Feb 2016

BRASILIA Recent laboratory analyses identified Zika virus infections in three people who died in Brazil last year, the health ministry said on Thursday, although authorities could not confirm that Zika alone was responsible for their deaths.

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Venezuelan President says three dead from Zika-linked complications 6:00am GMT

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that three people had died of complications linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus and that suspected cases of Zika had risen to 5,221.

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EU agency accepts Sandoz application for pegfilgrastim biosimilar 11 Feb 2016

ZURICH The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has accepted an application to review Sandoz's biosimilar to Amgen's EU-licensed Neulasta (pegfilgrastim), a recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, Sandoz parent Novartis said on Thursday.

Elderly patients rarely included in decision to use intensive care 11 Feb 2016

(Reuters Health) - According to a study of 15 emergency departments, patients over age 80 who are admitted to intensive care are often not asked their opinion about admission.

Textile workers at higher risk for rheumatoid arthritis 11 Feb 2016

(Reuters Health) - Breathing textile dust on the job is linked to an almost tripled risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, an immune system disorder that causes debilitating swelling and pain in the joints, a Malaysian study suggests.

Weight-loss surgery after age 35 linked to survival benefit 11 Feb 2016

(Reuters Health) - Obese people who undergo a certain kind of weight-loss operation after age 35 may live longer than obese people of the same age who don't have the surgery, a study suggests.

Better growth monitoring needed to spot childhood diseases 11 Feb 2016

(Reuters Health) - Monitoring growth can serve as an early warning for many childhood diseases, but a lack of consensus on how tracking should work and what to look for may mean diagnosis is delayed for some and wrong for others, a recent research review suggests.