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First US Zika Virus-Related Death Reported in Puerto Rico

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — The first U.S. death related to the Zika virus was reported Fri­day by the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion.
A patient infected with the virus devel­oped a severe blood-clotting dis­ease called th…

 

US Cases of Zika Virus Top 400

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Zika virus con­tin­ues to spread through­out the West­ern Hemi­sphere, includ­ing in wide swaths of Cen­tral and South Amer­ica. Con­cerns are grow­ing for preg­nant women because the mosquito-borne virus has been shown to cause…

 

Author's Proposed 'Meternity' Leave from Work Sparks Backlash

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An author’s sug­ges­tion that all women would ben­e­fit from “meter­nity” leave that would give them time to step away from their jobs has sparked controversy.Meghann Foye is the author of Meter­nity, a new no…

 

Breast Cancer Survivor Will Walk 1,000 Miles to Congress

Paulette McKen­zie Leaphart(WASHINGTON) — Paulette Leaphart, 49, is going to Wash­ing­ton, D.C. And she will make the entire 1,000-mile jour­ney on foot.Nothing will stand in her way — not even the shirt on her back. Literally.She will walk from Biloxi, M…

 

Legally Blind Fifth Grader Sees Mother for First Time

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Fifth grader Christo­pher Ward, Jr., has been legally blind all his life, but he recently got to see his mother for the first time through new elec­tronic glasses.The 12-year-old from For­est, Vir­ginia, trav­eled up to Wash…

 

Your Body: The Link Between Your Birth Month and Allergies

iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Med­ical Con­trib­u­tor­Could the sea­son in which your child is born deter­mine whether he or she will suf­fer from aller­gies later in life?A new study pub­lished in the jour­nal Aller­gies sug­gests that b…

 

 

Beating Heart Cells Created From Human Skin Cells in New Study

Wave­break Media/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Sci­en­tists have found a new way to trans­form human skin cells into heart-like cells in mice by using chem­i­cals instead of genetic mod­i­fi­ca­tion, in what some experts are call­ing a major breakthrough.Researchers us…