Mar 6, 2016

Colombia reports more than 47,700 Zika cases

Colombia has seen more than 47,700 cases of Zika, including thousands of pregnant women infected with the mosquito-borne virus, the country’s National Health Institute reported Saturday. A total of 8,890 pregnant women have come down with the disease, which has been tentatively linked to ...

Mar 5, 2016

Experiments show link between Zika and fetal brain damage

Scientists on Friday said they had found the first evidence of a biological link between the Zika virus sweeping Latin America and microcephaly, a severe deformation of the brain among newborns. Laboratory tests found that the virus targeted key cells involved in brain development ...

Mar 3, 2016

'Surprising gaps' found in ovarian cancer research

Ovarian cancer is poorly understood by researchers and often does not even arise in the ovaries, a U.S. panel said Wednesday. With no cure in sight, no reliable early screening tests and a lack of effective treatments for the cancer, the National Academies of ...

Feb 24, 2016

Target for breaking defenses of 'superbugs' discovered

Scientists in Britain have found how drug-resistant bacteria build and maintain a defensive wall — a discovery that paves the way for the development of drugs to break through the barrier and kill the often-deadly “superbugs.” In recent decades, bacteria resistant to multiple drugs, ...

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 ...