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Zika in Africa: Rare birth defect on the rise in Angola

Emiliano Cula starts to cry as his tiny fingers, curled into a tight fist, are stretched by a physical therapist to stimulate motor control.
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Why it’s so hard to diagnose Zika

When a Zika epidemic was at its height in the Americas two years ago, diagnostics makers began working feverishly to create diagnostic tests for a virus that few in the U.S. had heard of.
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Mothers of babies afflicted by Zika fight poverty, despair

Nearly three years after a Zika outbreak in Brazil caused thousands of cases of microcephaly and other devastating birth defects in newborns, Reuters returned to check on the mothers and their children.
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Most older adults would willingly take fewer medicines

(Reuters Health) - Most elderly patients taking multiple prescription medications would be willing to reduce their daily pill regimen to minimize their risk of side effects like falls or dangerous drug interactions, a U.S. study suggests.
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Untreated hearing loss tied to cognitive decline in older adults

(Reuters Health) - While age-related hearing loss has long been linked to cognitive decline, a UK study suggests hearing aids may help minimize the risk of problems like impaired memory or executive function.
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U.S. folic acid supplementation effort may not be reaching Hispanic women

(Reuters Health) - Corn masa flour and tortillas sold in U.S. grocery stores may not be fortified with folic acid, which means a government effort to help reduce birth defects among Hispanic babies may not be working as intended, a small study suggests.
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Cost of blood pressure drug surges in U.S. after recall

Prices for two dosages of the blood pressure drug valsartan rose more than any other drug in the United States in September, following a recall of much of the drug's supply.
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Minnesota accuses insulin makers of deceptive drug pricing

Minnesota's attorney general on Tuesday filed a lawsuit accusing drug manufacturers Sanofi SA, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly and Co of deceptively raising prices for insulin.
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Restless legs syndrome linked with risk for suicidal thoughts

(Reuters Health) - People with restless legs syndrome may be more likely to think about suicide or to actually make plans to take their own lives, compared to people without the troublesome condition, a new study suggests.
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Medical News Today: Surgery for ulcerative colitis: What to know

Sometimes, medications for ulcerative colitis do not adequately control the symptoms, and a person may need surgery. Learn about the types of procedure and what to expect.