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Baby Suffering From Chikungunya Symptoms Dies in D.R.

Baby Suffering From Chikungunya Symptoms Dies in D.R.

A baby just one-and a-half months old died after being kept 11 days in a pediatric hospital in the northern Dominican city of Santiago with symptoms of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus, his family said Saturday. continue reading »

U.S. Sees First Case of Chikungunya Virus in Florida

U.S. Sees First Case of Chikungunya Virus in Florida

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said that the first case of the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus evidently arising in the United States has been confirmed in a person in Florida. continue reading »

Supreme Court: Companies Can Refuse to Provide Contraceptives to Employees

Supreme Court: Companies Can Refuse to Provide Contraceptives to Employees

The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday that some corporations can cite their religious beliefs as a reason to refuse to cover contraceptives in their employee health plans. continue reading »

Caribbean’s Chikungunya Virus Spreads to Mexico

Caribbean’s Chikungunya Virus Spreads to Mexico

Mexico's National Epidemic Surveillance System has identified an "imported" case of the chikungunya virus, the Health Secretariat said in a statement. continue reading »

Hispanic Youth Have “High Risk” of Gaining Weight on Vacation

Hispanic Youth Have “High Risk” of Gaining Weight on Vacation

Quickly gaining weight on summer vacation is a problem that particularly affects Hispanic and African-American youngsters, as well as any other minors who are already overweight, according to a report by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. continue reading »

Experts Concerned with Spread of Chikungunya Virus in Caribbean

Experts Concerned with Spread of Chikungunya Virus in Caribbean

One of the Caribbean's leading health officials has cautioned tourism stakeholders in the region not to turn a blind eye to the spread of the Chikungunya virus. Though not usually lethal, the disease has become a major source of concern, Dr. James Hospedales, executive director of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency, said. continue reading »

Argentine in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant Finds Long-Lost Dad Via Facebook

Argentine in Need of Bone Marrow Transplant Finds Long-Lost Dad Via Facebook

An Argentine woman suffering from leukemia used Facebook to find her father after nearly two decades without contact so that bone marrow donation tests can be performed on him, media outlets said Wednesday. continue reading »

California’s Undocumented Use Fewer Health Services Than U.S.-Born Residents

California’s Undocumented Use Fewer Health Services Than U.S.-Born Residents

Contrary to the drumbeat of criticism leveled against undocumented Americans that they are a drain on the economy for overusing hospital emergency rooms, a new study released this week found that their rate of emergency room utilization is half that of U.S. citizens. continue reading »

Experts Say World Cup Visitors Should Not Fear Dengue Contact

Experts Say World Cup Visitors Should Not Fear Dengue Contact

A study by Brazilian experts calculates that, in the worst case scenario, just 100 of the 600,000 foreign tourists who will visit Brazil during the World Cup soccer tourney scheduled to begin in June, or less than 0.02 percent of the total visitors, will contract dengue during their stay in the country. continue reading »

Chilean Heart-Transplant Recipient has Baby 10 Years Later

Chilean Heart-Transplant Recipient has Baby 10 Years Later

A Chilean woman who had a heart transplant in 2004 has given birth to a baby at the same hospital in Viña del Mar where she was operated 10 years previously, medical officials said Saturday. continue reading »