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February 18, 2016 8:12 PM Zika virus: Pope hints at relaxation of contraception ban

Pope Francis has hinted that the Catholic Church could relax its ban on contraception for women at risk of contracting the Zika virus. The pontiff insisted that abortion remained a crime but said avoiding pregnancy was "not an absolute evil". His remarks came in response to a question about how best to tackle the Zika outbreak across Latin America 7

February 17, 2016 9:18 PM Apple, The FBI And iPhone Encryption: A Look At What's At Stake

Apple CEO Tim Cook appears Sept. 9, 2015, in San Francisco to unveil the latest iterations of the company's smartphone. Remember the cryptex, the little handheld safe from The Da Vinci Code where entering the correct combination will reveal the secret message and entering the wrong one will destroy it? Now replace the little safe with an iPhone, and instead 63

February 17, 2016 6:48 PM CDC: Puerto Rico could be hit hard by Zika

Puerto Rico could be hit hard by the Zika virus, with the potential for tens of thousands of cases, a federal health official said Wednesday. Zika virus has been spreading in Puerto Rico since at least December, when the first local case was reported, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Eight Zika cases spread by local mosquitoes 6

February 17, 2016 4:45 PM No one actually knows if Brazil’s microcephaly cases are going up or down

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — There’s no shortage of confusion about the mysterious and deadly Zika virus, which has captured the world’s attention and recently led the World Health Organization to declare a public health emergency of international concern. While the virus is rarely deadly, a key worry has been over a possible link between Zika in pregnant 7

February 17, 2016 4:10 PM WHO Asks for $56 Million to Start Zika Fight

The World Health Organization says it needs $56 million from donors to kickstart the response against the rapid spread of the Zika virus. But some experts say the expensive undertaking is far too little — and it's starting to be far too late. "Possible links with neurological complications and birth malformations have rapidly changed the risk profile 7

February 17, 2016 1:18 PM Could chemicals — rather than the Zika virus — be to blame for birth defects in Brazil?

While the rest of the world is focused on hunting down mosquitoes with Zika, a group of doctors and researchers in Argentina has published a report making the provocative argument that a pesticide, rather than the virus, is to blame for the alarming number of birth defects being reported in Brazil. The University Network of Environment and Health wrote 6

February 17, 2016 1:18 PM With no reproductive rights, many Latin American women could be at the mercy of the Zika virus

Now that researchers have identified a tangible link between the Zika virus and fetal brain deformation, pregnant women and those of childbearing age in the Latin American countries hardest hit by the mosquito-borne virus will have to make tough decisions about their reproductive future. Use birth control? Abstain? Abort if there's evidence of potentially 14

February 17, 2016 12:02 PM WHO launches $56 million Zika response plan

The World Health Organization on Wednesday released its initial response plan to the Zika virus outbreak, launching a funding appeal for the $56 million (50 million euros) operation. The unprecedented outbreak of the virus, first discovered in Uganda in 1947, has become a global concern, with Zika now strongly suspected of causing two serious neurological 7

February 17, 2016 3:20 AM How is the Zika virus spread through sex? Dr. Sanjay Gupta's Facebook chat

A virus can live in the testicles more safely and for longer periods, which makes it more likely to be sexually transmitted. It may be designed this way so the immune system won't affect the chances of being able to reproduce. While we don't know how Zika can can live in semen, we do know that Ebola can live there for long periods. When you hear about 10

February 17, 2016 12:46 AM FDA recommends ban on blood collections from Zika-affected areas

WASHINGTON The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended on Tuesday that blood should no longer be collected from regions where the Zika virus is circulating, and that blood needed for transfusions be obtained from areas of the country without active transmission. The agency said blood banks can continue collecting and preparing platelets and plasma 11