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    Zika Virus Infection Less Dangerous During Third Trimester

    Finally some good news about the Zika virus. Infection during the third trimester of pregnancy appears to not cause serious harm to the developing baby. The Zika virus has previously been shown to attack fetal brain cells, causing severe birth defects. A new report published in the New English Journal of Medicine finds that maternal […] More

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    CDC Concludes Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly and Other Birth Defects

    After careful review of current evidence, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded that the Zika virus causes microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. As published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the report describes a rigorous weighing of evidence using established scientific criteria. Explains Tom Frieden, M.D., […] More

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    Autism Caused by Too Many Brain Connections, Scientists Claim

    A group of scientists from Columbia University in New York claim to have found the cause of autism in some patients. According to the study, autism often occurs when too many connections, or synapses, exist in the brain. In a brain without autism, a process known as pruning occurs early in life. That pruning removes unneeded synapses, which then […] More

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    Exposure to Common Infections Associated with Brain Function Decline

    Exposure to common infections may be linked to a decline in brain functions like memory and reasoning, suggests new research presented at the International Stroke Conference 2014 of the American Stroke Association in San Diego, California. Researchers led by Dr. Clinton Wright, scientific director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of […] More