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 11, 2016

Northern Ireland rejects bid to relax abortion law

The Northern Ireland regional assembly voted against relaxing strict abortion laws on Wednesday, despite a ruling by the Belfast High Court that the legislation breaches human rights. After a debate that ran to almost midnight, members of the Stormont Assembly voted 59-40 against a ...

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 ...

Jan 15, 2016

Planned Parenthood sues anti-abortion group for secret video

Planned Parenthood, the U.S. women’s health care provider perennially attacked by conservatives, filed a lawsuit Thursday against an anti-abortion group it says filmed it illegally. The conservative Center for Medical Progress last year released video it secretly filmed, purporting to show Planned Parenthood officials ...

Jan 8, 2016

Woman who served as surrogate gives birth to granddaughter

A North Texas woman has given birth to her own granddaughter after serving as a surrogate for her daughter. At age 54, Tracey Thompson of Plano delivered a 6-pound, 11-ounce (3,000-gram) girl after serving as surrogate for her 28-year-old daughter, Kelley McKissack. Doctors at ...

Dec 17, 2015

1 in 8 babies were born in conflict zones in 2015: UNICEF

The number of babies born in conflict zones increased by more than 125,000 this year to 16.6 million compared with last year, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The figure translates to 1 in 8 of all births worldwide in 2015, according to data ...