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Asian scientists race to make Zika test kit, but lack of live sample a challenge


NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE Scientists in Asia are racing to put together detection kits for the Zika virus, with China on Thursday confirming its first case, but the researchers are challenged by the lack of a crucial element - a live sample of the virus.

Zika, disease of the poor, may not change abortion in Brazil

RECIFE Six months pregnant with her first child, Eritania Maria has a rash and a mild fever, symptoms of the Zika virus linked to brain deformities in newborn children in Brazil.

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Zika no threat to Rio Games, German Olympic doctor says

BERLIN The spread of the Zika virus in Brazil needs to be monitored but is not a threat to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Germany's chief Olympic doctor said on Wednesday.

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China confirms first case of Zika virus: Xinhua

BEIJING/HONG KONG China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently traveled to South America, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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Finland has had two cases of Zika virus: official

HELSINKI Two people in Finland have tested positive for the mosquito-transmitted Zika virus since last summer, the National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said on Wednesday.

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In Egypt, medicines disappear from shelves as dollar crisis bites

CAIRO Nahed Ibrahim has scoured Egypt in vain to find a regular supply of medication to help her mother to recover from a stroke she suffered four months ago, since then the 75-year-old has struggled to follow conversations.

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Former Google executive to lead cancer diagnostics firm

SAN FRANCISCO Grail, a healthcare firm developing a blood test for early cancer detection, named former Google X Senior Vice President Jeff Huber as its CEO Wednesday.

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FDA advisory panel strongly backs biosimilar Remicade

A medical advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended approval of a cheaper biosimilar form of Johnson & Johnson's Remicade arthritis drug that could eventually batter sales of the branded product.

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U.S. to study Zika link to Guillain-Barre in Puerto Rico

CHICAGO Experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are heading to Puerto Rico this week to study whether the mosquito-borne Zika virus will cause an increase in cases of a rare neurological disorder known as Guillain-Barre syndrome as the outbreak intensifies in this U.S. territory.

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FDA puts full clinical hold on CTI BioPharma's blood cancer drug

CTI BioPharma Corp said the U.S Food and Drug Administration has put a full clinical hold on the company's investigational new drug application for pacritinib.

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Movie Review: Sanam Teri Kasam

"Sanam Teri Kasam" is Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru's second Bollywood film as directors and is the cinematic equivalent of pulling off a Band-Aid very, very, very slowly. Excruciating and never-ending.

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