With the outbreak of the Zika Virus in African countries, elimination of the presence of Zika is the first test taken by pregnant women especially in the states lining the Gulf coast. In states like Florida, Texas extra precaution is taken as several families earn their livelihood by working in offshore oil and mining companies in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Zika virus is spread by the daytime Aldes mosquito causing new born children to be born with abnormally huge heads. Even though the mosquitoes carrying Zika virus have not yet caused an outbreak in the United States, doctors nevertheless advise their patients to remain on the cautionary side. Patients are first asked to fill a questionnaire regarding their recent international travel to eliminate any possibility of carrying strains of Zika virus.
A group of doctors in Houston have come together and opened a special clinic to carry screening tests for Zika among pregnant women. This initiative is to help doctors keep an eye for mosquito borne illness, especially among women who are pregnant or who plan to conceive if they have recently travelled to areas affected by the outbreak. Even though no cases of Zika have been reported in the US, doctors caution patients to be liberal with the usage of mosquito repellants, creams and to use mosquito nets and other preventive measures.
Read More Scientists Identify Gene Turning Your Hair Grey Feb 2016
Turning Grey is something that all of us dread. Till now, scientists were not clear of the reason why some people turn grey early while others have dark luscious locks for a longer period of time. Debates have blamed the reason on both stress and genetics. The real reason has eluded scientists in research for a long time.
Now, based on the findings of a recent study by Kasthubh Adhkari, a genetics post doctorate at University College, London, we are now able to pinpoint the exact gene that turns hair grey. As you age, lesser production in the pigment Melanin, leads to grey hair. Now scientists pinpoint the exact gene, IRF 4 as the culprit behind graying of hair.
But still further research is required to factor in the effect of this gene on various origins of people. The study says that genetics factor in around 30 percent for the cause of grey hair and other factors like stress, lifestyle and food habits contribute to the rest of the causes.
Read More Guinea Declared Ebola Free by WHO December 2015
One of the deadliest virus outbreaks of recent times that took a death toll of millions of people and spread across continents is the deadly Ebola virus. Now, nearly two years after the initial spread of the virus, Guinea in Africa, one of the worst affected countries has been officially declared Ebola free by the World Health Organization (WHO). This declaration came after the country managed to go 42 days without reporting any new cases. It is to be noted that neighboring countries like Sierra Leone and Liberia, two other African countries that were hit badly by the Ebola outbreak have now been declared Ebola free.
Health workers have been instructed to remain vigilant and to take all measures to prevent the spread and recurrence of Ebola virus in the future. Similarly, WHO has made announcements to make people come forward if there are any new cases found and to undergo the required treatments. This will prevent the spread of the epidemic in the future.
Since, Ebola virus was announced as an epidemic in the African subcontinent more than 12,000 people have been killed by it in the African nations of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Renee.
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