Category Archives: Disease

New Group of Zika Cases Reported in Miami Beach

Health officials are investigating a cluster of possible Zika cases in Miami Beach, suggesting that transmission of the virus by mosquitoes is more widespread in one of the nation’s more… Read more »

China Facing Rising Epidemic of Heart Disease, Stroke: Why America Cares

A 20-year rise in cardiovascular disease (CVD) in China appears to have been spurred largely by increases in high blood pressure, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan… Read more »

HHS Can’t Wait for Congress; Shifts $81 Million from NIH for Zika Fight

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has shifted $81 million in funds from other projects to continue work on developing vaccines to fight the Zika virus in the absence of… Read more »

Four Florida Zika Cases Likely Spread by Local Mosquitoes, CDC Says

U.S. health officials said Friday that four cases of Zika virus were transmitted locally by mosquitoes in Miami, the first evidence of the virus spreading that way in the continental… Read more »

Congress Leaves Zika Measure Hanging; Then, There’s Really Bad News

Just one day after Congress adjourned for a seven-week recess without approving any of the $1.9 billion requested by the Obama administration to fund the effort to fight the Zika… Read more »

Congressional Dems, Obama Plead for Bipartisan Zika Funding

Democratic members of Congress and White House officials said the country is beyond a “day late and a dollar short” on allocating funds to combat the Zika virus in a White House conference call… Read more »

Congress Fails to Fund Zika Response as Partisanship Prevails

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said Congress must end its deadlock on funding to combat the Zika virus before lawmakers head out to recess later this summer. “The good… Read more »

White House Threatens to Veto GOP’s Zika Funding Bill

The White House on Thursday promised that President Barack Obama would veto the long-delayed response of the Republican-controlled Congress to the president’s request for fighting the Zika virus, saying it provided too… Read more »

CDC Reports at Least Six U.S. Babies with Zika-Related Birth Defects

Three women in the U.S. mainland infected with the Zika virus have delivered infants with birth defects and three others have lost or terminated pregnancies because their fetuses suffered brain damage from… Read more »