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Mosquito Bites Are Giving People Zika In Florida — Public health officials on Friday announced that the Zika virus has arrived in the United States, confirming early reports of four Florida patients infected by domestic mosquitoes. In a statement, the The Florida Department of Health (DOH) concluded that "a high likelihood exists that four cases are the result of local transmission" of the tropical disease .

Scientists Slam CDC For Silence On New Florida Zika Cases — Florida health officials are now investigating four Zika virus patients who are suspected of catching the disease from local mosquitoes, raising questions about what to tell pregnant women in and around Miami, a city of 5.5 million people.

Charges Dropped Against Anti-Abortion Activists Who Made Secret Videos — The Houston district attorney's office on Tuesday dropped the last criminal charge, for felony false identification, against anti-abortion activist David Daleiden, whose secret recordings of Planned Parenthood officials inflamed national politics last summer.

Astronaut Eileen Collins Takes Heat For Speaking At GOP Convention — Colonel Eileen Collins is known for firsts: the first woman to pilot a space shuttle (1995); the first woman to command one (1999); and the first astronaut to steer NASA's space shuttle through a backflip, some 250 miles above the Earth (2005).

First Case Of Zika Infection From Taking Care Of Sick Person — A family member of an elderly Utah man who died of the Zika virus earlier this month now has the disease, health officials reported on Monday. Zika, which has spread to about 50 countries and territories in the current outbreak, largely spreads by mosquito bites, as well as through sexual transmission.

Zika Can Be Transmitted From Woman To Man Through Sex, New York Case Shows — Federal health officials on Friday reported the first case of a woman transmitting the Zika virus to a man through vaginal sex, citing a report from the New York City health department.

In Unprecedented Move, House Science Committee Interferes In Exxon Investigation — The House Science Committee inserted itself into a multi-state investigation of oil industry titan ExxonMobil on Wednesday - issuing unprecedented subpoenas to the Attorneys General of New York and Massachusetts as well as eight environmental groups. In March, attorneys general from 18 states and U.S.

Sorry, You Can No Longer Buy Human Skulls On eBay — As recently as last week, you could browse the online auction giant eBay for "genuine" or "authentic" human skulls. Of the two dozen listings that were live last Thursday, most were marketed as tools for medical study, with anatomical markings or springs to illustrate jaw motion, for example.

A first: Cash register jingles at Genetic Savings & Clone — A first: Cash register jingles at Genetic Savings & Clone By Dan Vergano, USA TODAY Just in time for that last-minute holiday gift, a bioscience firm has announced the first sale of a cloned kitten, a male named "Little Nicky." Genetics Savings & Clone (GSC) of Sausalito, Calif., reports selling the kitten to a Texas woman for $50,000.

Obama Just Allowed More Opioid Addicts To Get The Medicine They Need — Amid a nationwide opioid overdose epidemic, the White House announced on Wednesday an increase in the maximum number of patients that doctors may prescribe a restricted addiction treatment medicine, buprenorphine. Buprenorphine is currently given to some 700,000 US painkiller or heroin addicts.
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RT @thinkpiecebot: Could Tinfoil Hats Cure Male Pattern Baldness?

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RT @APHL: .@dvergano Per your Q re Zika response $: Public health warned Congress; they didn't listen. Here's our statement: 

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RT @seldo: I am definitely living in the first 20 minutes of a late 90s disaster movie 

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