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Mosquitoes' rapid spread poses threat beyond Zika

mosquito dangers increasingAs the world focuses on Zika's rapid advance in the Americas, experts warn the virus that originated in Africa is just one of a growing number of continent-jumping diseases carried by mosquitoes threatening swathes of humanity.

The battle against the insects on the streets of Brazil is the latest in an ancient war between humankind and the Culicidae, or mosquito, family which the pests frequently win.


Study links Splenda to higher risk of leukemia

Splenda link to leukemiaAlthough Splenda has been promoted as a healthier alternative to refined white sugar, a recent study conducted in Italy linked the artificial sweetener to higher risk for leukemia.

Scientists found Splenda significantly increased the risk for leukemia, as well as other cancers, research that is in line with other studies in recent years.


First U.S. Uterus Transplant Fails

First uterine transplant failsThe first uterus transplant in the United States has failed, the Cleveland Clinic said Wednesday.

The organ was surgically removed on Tuesday after the recipient, a 26-year-old woman, developed a serious complication.

"We are saddened to share that our patient, Lindsey, recently experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus," a statement from the clinic says.


Scientists find compounds restoring antibiotic efficacy against MRSA

MRSA antibiotic efficacy Antibiotics that no longer work against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, were found to be effective in mice when paired with two synthetic compounds, according to a new study.

MRSA is resistant to a group of antibiotics call ß-lactam, which includes penicillin and methicillin, but scientists at the Merck Research Laboratory designed two compounds they found make the bacteria susceptible to the drugs.


Report: U.S. Company Bungled Ebola Response

US company botched ebola responseAn American company that bills itself as a pioneer in tracking emerging epidemics made a series of costly mistakes during the 2014 Ebola outbreak that swept across West Africa — with employees feuding with fellow responders, contributing to misdiagnosed Ebola cases and repeatedly misreading the trajectory of the virus, an Associated Press investigation has found.

San Francisco-based Metabiota Inc. was tapped by the Sierra Leonean government and the World Health Organization to help monitor the spread of the virus and support the response after Ebola was discovered circulating in neighboring Guinea in March 2014. But emails obtained by AP and interviews with aid workers on the ground show that some of the company's actions made an already chaotic situation worse.


Blood test gives early warning of melanoma relapse

Blood tests for melanoma reoccurrenceA blood test can detect changes in tumor DNA, potentially helping doctors detect melanoma relapse far earlier, according to a study in England.

Scientists at Cancer Research UK found the blood test detects mutations in circulating tumor DNA indicating potential drug resistance or relapse, which would allow treatment to start earlier and increase the chance for a patient's survival.


Supreme Court Steps In To Keep Louisiana Abortion Clinics Open

SCOTUS steps in to keep La. abortion clinic openThe Supreme Court on Friday blocked a Louisiana law that threatened to close all but one of the state's abortion providers, mere days after hearing a major abortion rights case from another state.

In a short order, the nation's highest court effectively halted a state law that required all doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of the clinic.


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