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April 11, 2016
April 11, 2016

Scientists find new Zika-linked brain disorder in adults

Scientists in Brazil uncovers new brain disorder associated with Zika infections in adults: an autoimmune syndrome called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM, that attacks the brain and spinal cord.

April 1, 2016
April 1, 2016

More obese than underweight, study says

There are now more adults in the world classified as obese than underweight, a major study has suggested.

February 25, 2016
February 25, 2016

Zika outbreak will worsen before it gets better: WHO

The head of the World Health Organization warns that the Zika outbreak would likely worsen before nations besieged by the mosquito-borne virus linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil see relief.

February 13, 2016
February 13, 2016

Zika virus may hide in organs protected from immune system

The Zika virus may be particularly adept at entrenching itself in parts of the body that are shielded from the immune system, making it harder to fight off and possibly lengthening the timeframe in which it can be transmitted, top US experts say.

February 2, 2016
February 2, 2016

WHO urges Bangladesh to take measures against Zika virus infection

The World Health Organisation today has urged the regional countries, including Bangladesh, to strengthen surveillance and take preventive measures against the Zika virus disease.

February 1, 2016
February 1, 2016

WHO mulls global health emergency declaration on Zika

The World Health Organization's emergency committee will debate whether a Zika virus outbreak suspected of causing a surge in serious birth defects in South America should be considered a global health emergency.

January 29, 2016
January 29, 2016

Zika virus is 'spreading explosively'

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said the virus — which has been linked to birth defects and neurological problems — was becoming much more of a threat.

January 28, 2016
January 28, 2016

Zika virus could become 'explosive pandemic'

US scientists have urged the World Health Organisation to take urgent action over the Zika virus, which they say has "explosive pandemic potential".

January 15, 2016
January 15, 2016

New Ebola case emerges in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone officials confirm a death from Ebola, hours after the World Health Organization declared the latest West Africa outbreak over.

December 8, 2015
December 8, 2015

Smog 'red alert' in effect in Beijing

Schools in Beijing are closed and outdoor construction halted as the Chinese capital's first ever pollution "red alert"red alert" came into effect.