Mar 31, 2016

New abortion drug label could undo several U.S. state laws

A federal agency approved a new label for a common abortion-inducing drug that will undermine restrictions on medication abortions passed by several states, allowing women to take the drug later in a pregnancy and with fewer required office visits. The Food and Drug Administration ...

Mar 22, 2016

South Korea registers first case of Zika virus

South Korea on Tuesday reported the country’s first case of the Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that has been linked to birth defects and other health issues. A 43-year-old man who recently returned from Brazil was diagnosed with the virus after suffering fever, muscle ...

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion restrictions

Mar 5, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion restrictions

The Supreme Court on Friday blocked restrictions affecting doctors in Louisiana that could have forced all but one of the state’s abortion clinics to close. In what reproductive-rights advocates hope may foreshadow a major legal victory later this year, the court temporarily reinstated a ...

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 ...

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 ...