Tag: Brazil

Armstrong wins third straight Olympic women’s time trial

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Kristin Armstrong of the United States won her third straight Olympic time trial Wednesday, a golden effort through wind and rain over a brutal course that left her in an exhausted heap at the finish. Armstrong dismounted the moment she stopped the clock, too tired even to celebrate the latest triumph of her decorated career. She covered the Rio Games route in 44 minutes, 26.42 seconds to top reigning bronze medalist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia by the slimmest of margins: 5.55 seconds. Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands added a bronze medal to...

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Texas Student Volunteers to Research Zika Cases in Nicaragua

The war against the Zika virus continues throughout Latin America and in the U.S. with scientists seeking ways to control and prevent the spread of the virus. A former Valley student is about to embark on a mission to fight Zika in the front lines of Nicaragua. Etienne Jaime is enlisting to fight one of the most talked about and least understood viruses: Zika. A virus that has set off health alerts in Brazil and all of South and North America, with the CDC saying it can cause microcephaly in newborns. Etienne is one of 20 students across the...

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Urine test could simplify Zika virus detection

NEW YORK (AP) — A urine-based test for Zika virus infection has shown to be more effective than the common blood-based one for many patients, a development that could make testing for the infection easier. The test could potentially aid efforts to control Zika, which is mainly carried by mosquitoes, as it is expected to spread further into North America in the coming months. “The timing is excellent,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new testing guidance Tuesday, saying the virus particles can be detected at...

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Study finds Zika virus in fetal brain, a clue in outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — New details about the possible effects of the Zika virus on the fetal brain emerged Wednesday as U.S. health officials say mosquito eradication here and abroad is key to protect pregnant women until they can develop a vaccine. European researchers uncovered an extremely abnormal brain — not only a fraction of the proper size but lacking the usual crinkly neural folds — in a fetus whose mother suffered Zika symptoms at the end of the first trimester while she was living in Brazil. Zika is rapidly spreading through Latin America, and as it did, Brazil reported...

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Brazil and University of Texas reach deal on Zika vaccine

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil is signing an agreement with the University of Texas to develop a vaccine against the Zika virus, the country’s health minister said Thursday, adding the goal is for the vaccine to be ready for clinical testing within 12 months. Marcelo Castro said at a news conference that the Brazilian government will invest $1.9 million in the research, which will be jointly conducted by the University of Texas and the Evandro Chagas Institute in the Amazonian city of Belem. He said the Health Ministry also has reached vaccine partnerships with the U.S. Centers for Disease...

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