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Doctors In Brazil Admit Doubt In Number Of Zika-Linked Microcephaly Cases

How many cases of microcephaly in Brazil have actually been linked to the Zika virus? Of the nearly 4,200 cases reported, only six have been linked with certainty to the virus.
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Scientists Use Genetic Engineering To Vanquish Disease-Carrying Insects

A city in Brazil is using a genetically modified mosquito to control the spread of diseases like Dengue fever and the Zika virus. NPR reports on whether the scheme is working.
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Zika Virus Spurs Concerns Over Summer Olympic Games In Rio

The International Olympic Committee is sending an advisory to participants on how to deal with the mosquito-borne virus. The games in Rio de Janeiro begin in 189 days.
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Zika-Linked Brain Damage In Infants May Be 'Tip Of The Iceberg'

An investigation is finding "profound abnormalities" in babies with microcephaly who are born to Brazilian mothers suspected of having the Zika infection.
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Texas Tries To Repair Damage Wreaked Upon Family Planning Clinics

When Texas passed laws designed to shut down Planned Parenthood clinics, it slashed the state's family planning budget. Of the 82 clinics that closed, only a third were Planned Parenthood.
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World Health Organization Calls Spread Of Zika Virus 'Alarming'

The World Health Organization says the spread of the Zika virus through the Americas is "alarming" and will meet on Monday to decide whether to declare the outbreak an international health emergency. The virus may be linked to cases of birth malformations in Brazil.
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Still Uninsured? Buy A Health Plan This Week To Avoid A Tax Penalty

Millions are still uninsured, even as the Jan. 31 deadline to sign up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act approaches. No deadline extensions this year, federal health officials warn.
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Sanders' Health Is 'Very Good,' Doctor Says

If elected, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would be the oldest president ever. His campaign has released a physician's letter that says the 74-year-old is "in very good health."
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California Pays Insurers Millions More For Hepatitis C Drugs

Private insurers billed California $387.5 million to treat just 3,624 patients with new medications for hepatitis C. The people are covered by the state's Medicaid program.
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NPR Contest: Send Us Your Stories Of Happy Accidents In Science

Scientists need curiosity, determination — and luck. We're especially interested in that last bit, so tell us your stories of mistakes and surprises that led to discoveries in the past few years.

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