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Scientists uncovered a new way to attack herpesviruses

The new study could lead to a new therapeutic target to attack cytomegalovirus and other herpesviruses, such as Epstein-Barr virus that causes mononucleosis and herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 that produce most cold sores and genital herpes.

Aug 29, 2018, 10:03 AM IST

Researchers say air pollution increases risk of birth defects

Although the increased risk is modest, the potential impact on a population basis is noteworthy because all pregnant women have some amount of exposure.

Dec 12, 2017, 17:49 PM IST

Mother shares image of her daughter born with intestines outside her body

 Ava-Rose Nightingale went through a life-saving, three-hour-long surgical procedure an hour after she was born.  

Oct 12, 2017, 14:54 PM IST

Unable to diagnose 9-year-old girl's condition, doctors say they might name it after her – Read

The condition makes the girl unable to walk or talk and has to be fed via a tube.

Sep 03, 2017, 11:27 AM IST

Medical breakthrough: Dietary supplement which can prevent miscarriages, birth defects discovered!

The discovery showed that a major cause was a deficiency of a vital molecule known as NAD, which is important for normal development of organs.

Aug 10, 2017, 11:42 AM IST

Moms-to-be beware! Taking antibiotics during pregnancy may up risk of birth defects in babies

A new study has revealed that women should not take certain antibiotics during their preganancy as it increases the risk of major birth defects in newborn.

Jul 19, 2017, 20:31 PM IST

Zika affects 5% of babies with confirmed infections: US CDC

The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first to include official numbers from the territory of Puerto Rico, which on Monday declared that its Zika epidemic had ended, based on data showing the number of new cases has fallen.

Jun 09, 2017, 10:01 AM IST

Indian doctors give seven-month-old baby born with eight limbs a new lease of life

The team of doctors observed the baby and considering the risk factors, decided to perform the critical surgery in three stages.

Apr 14, 2017, 23:20 PM IST

Zika virus proteins causing birth and neurological defects identified

To test the virus, Zhao used fission yeast – a species that in recent years has become a relatively common way to test how pathogens affect cells.

Jan 03, 2017, 16:55 PM IST

Beware expecting mothers! Antidepressants during pregnancy may up birth defects

A new study suggests that women who take a type of antidepressant during their early pregnancy may increase the risk of having babies with birth defects or stillbirths compared with those who did not take these pills.

Dec 03, 2016, 21:15 PM IST

Texas announces first local Zika case

Texas has announced its first case of local Zika virus, making it the second US state after Florida to say it likely has mosquitoes spreading the disease that can cause birth defects.

Nov 29, 2016, 16:42 PM IST

IVF may reduce birth defects for women above 40

Infertile women aged 40 and over who used assisted reproduction had less than half the rate of birth defects of fertile women of the same age, while younger women appear to be at an elevated risk.

Oct 17, 2016, 11:35 AM IST

Zika virus – All you need to know! (Watch video)

The Zika virus can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. 

Oct 12, 2016, 11:08 AM IST

Partial steroid treatment can benefit preterm infants: Study suggests

Steroids improve survival andreduce the chances of certain birth defects for extremely premature infants, even if the treatment course is not finished before delivery, suggest a recent research.

Oct 11, 2016, 20:44 PM IST

Toxins in soft drinks – The health hazards of lead and cadmium!

The results of the test conducted by the Health Ministry's Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) showed traces of heavy metals such as antimony, lead, chromium and cadmium and DEHP, or Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, in five samples of soft drinks.

Oct 07, 2016, 11:03 AM IST

Steroids in infertility treatment may lead to birth defects

Many women receive corticosteroids in the belief that reducing immune cells called "natural killer" cells will facilitate a pregnancy.

Sep 09, 2016, 16:43 PM IST

Zika virus now linked to severe joint deformities in babies!

Researchers from Brazil's Recife, the city at the centre of the Zika epidemic, believe there may also be a link between Zika infection and a severe joint condition.

Aug 10, 2016, 11:43 AM IST

Three babies affected with Zika virus born in US!

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the three babies, whose mothers were infected with Zika, had brain problems like microcephaly, excess fluid in the brain, abnormal eye development and more.

Jun 17, 2016, 09:53 AM IST

Zika virus may cause birth defects

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has claimed that there is enough evidence to confirm about the connection between the infection and the birth defects, also known as microcephaly.

Apr 14, 2016, 19:11 PM IST

Zika virus: Sexual transmission more common than thought, says WHO

Reports and investigations in several countries strongly suggest that sexual transmission of the virus is more common than previously assumed.

Mar 09, 2016, 02:19 AM IST