Feb 11, 2016

Genome offers clues on thwarting disease-carrying ticks

Scientists have unlocked the genetic secrets of one of the least-loved creatures around, the tick species that spreads Lyme disease. The research may lead to new methods to control these diminutive arachnids that dine on blood. The researchers said on Tuesday they have sequenced ...

Feb 11, 2016

Zika research to be published rapidly, and for free: statement

Top research institutions, funders and publishers said Wednesday they would make all scientific findings on the Zika virus assailing Latin America available speedily, and for free. A statement signed by the journals Nature, Science and The Lancet, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, France’s Institut ...

Feb 10, 2016

China confirms first case of Zika virus

China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently travelled to South America, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The virus, which is causing international alarm after spreading through much of the Americas, was detected in a ...

More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus

Feb 7, 2016

More than 3,100 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus

More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. Brazil is investigating the potential link between Zika infections and more than 4,000 suspected ...

Zika won't stop Olympics, historian says

Feb 6, 2016

Zika won't stop Olympics, historian says

The world’s best-known Olympic historian said Friday it will take something more destructive than the Zika virus to cancel the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “Historically, the only times the games have been canceled is in war — World War I and World War ...

Feb 5, 2016

Widening asbestos compensation

The government should work out a scheme to provide relief to construction workers who suffered health damage from asbestos, which was widely used during Japan's construction boom.

Feb 5, 2016

Government upgrades Zika response, makes reporting mandatory

The health ministry said Friday it is stepping up surveillance of the Zika virus and from Feb. 15 will require doctors to report infections to public health centers. Designation of diseases in this way is usually the result of consideration by a specialist panel ...

Path to Zika vaccine strewn with hurdles

Feb 4, 2016

Path to Zika vaccine strewn with hurdles

The world is once again asking scientists and drugmakers to come up rapidly with a vaccine for a viral disease that, in the latest case, few people had heard of until a few weeks ago, and even fewer feared. Making a shot to generate ...