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Puerto Rico Investigating Possible Chikungunya-Related Deaths

Puerto Rico Investigating Possible Chikungunya-Related Deaths

The Puerto Rican Health Department said Thursday that it is investigating whether two people who died had contracted Chikungunya, which - if true - would be the first two fatalities linked to that virus on the island. continue reading »

Ebola Vaccine Gets Human Clinical Trials in the U.S.

Ebola Vaccine Gets Human Clinical Trials in the U.S.

Human clinical trials of a vaccine against the Ebola virus that has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa will begin next week, the U.S. National Institutes of Health said Thursday. continue reading »

Cuban Cancer Patients Suffer More From U.S. Embargo

Cuban Cancer Patients Suffer More From U.S. Embargo

Cuba is facing difficulties getting medications and technology to treat children with cancer due to the U.S. economic embargo, state-run media said Thursday, citing an official with the pediatric service of the National Oncology and Radiobiology Institute. continue reading »

Ebola Death Toll Rises to 1,350, Says WHO

Ebola Death Toll Rises to 1,350, Says WHO

The Ebola virus death toll in West Africa continues to rise and currently stands at 1,350, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. continue reading »

Nearly 1 in 4 Cubans Above the Age of 15 is An Habitual Smoker

Nearly 1 in 4 Cubans Above the Age of 15 is An Habitual Smoker

Some 24 percent of people over 15 years old are habitual smokers in Cuba and half the population is exposed to tobacco smoke at home, at work or in public places, official Cuban media reported. continue reading »

Surgeons Remove 132 LB Tumor From Woman in Mexico

Surgeons Remove 132 LB Tumor From Woman in Mexico

A team of Mexican Social Security Institute, or IMSS, doctors removed a 60.2-kilo (132-pound) tumor from a 51-year-old woman's ovaries, health officials said. continue reading »

Mexican scientists Target Cholesterol, Triglycerides with New Device

Mexican scientists Target Cholesterol, Triglycerides with New Device

Mexican scientists are developing a wearable device that can monitor cholesterol and triglyceride levels based on the viscosity of blood. The Materials Research Institute, or IIM, of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, is working on the wrist monitor, which is still in the prototype phase, to help doctors provide better care to patients. continue reading »

Bolivian Family Welcomes Siamese Twins Joined at Heart, Liver

Bolivian Family Welcomes Siamese Twins Joined at Heart, Liver

A Bolivian woman has given birth to Siamese twins joined at the heart and liver in a hospital in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, who for the moment are in stable condition, local media said. continue reading »

U.S. Court of Appeals Ruling Threatens Obamacare Subsidies

U.S. Court of Appeals Ruling Threatens Obamacare Subsidies

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that many of the subsidies authorized by the federal government via President Barack Obama's health care plan are illegal. continue reading »

Food and Agriculture Organization Warns of Link Between Ebola, Eating Fruit Bats

Food and Agriculture Organization Warns of Link Between Ebola, Eating Fruit Bats

People living in West African communities run the risk of contracting the Ebola virus if they consume species like the fruit bat, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, said Monday. continue reading »

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 »