Category Archives: Disease

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 »

U.S. Congress Heading Toward Conference on $1.1-Billion Zika Measure

The Senate agreed by voice vote Wednesday night to join the House in formal negotiations over a Zika virus response package, the latest incremental step toward clearing a bill for… Read more »

New Research Questions Origins of Alzheimer’s Disease

Thought-provoking new research by a team of investigators at Harvard University raises the question of whether Alzheimer’s disease stems from the toxic remnants of the brain’s attempt to fight off… Read more »

Rare Genetic Variation Associated with Lower-Than-Average Risk of Heart Disease

Researchers from Amgen Inc.’s (Thousand Oaks CA) deCode genetics unit said they have discovered a rare genetic variation that is associated with a 34% lower-than-average risk of heart disease, potentially opening up… Read more »

Exercise Linked to Lower Risk of Certain Types of Cancer

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine offers another strong incentive to go for a run, or at least a brisk walk. It finds that people who get more activity in their leisure… Read more »