SIGN UP FOR UPDATES!
Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
ENGLEMED
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BOOKS AND GIFTS THIS WAY!
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here
SEARCH THIS SITE
Google

WWW Englemed
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
FreeDigitalPhotos
www.freedigitalphotos.net
FreeWebPhotos
www.freewebphoto.com
FROM OUR NEWS FEEDS
Heart failure linked to heavy energy drink consumption
Fri April 16th - Drinking excessive energy drinks could be linked to a young man’s heart failure, according to doctors who treated a 21-year-old who consumed four cans a day for two years. More
Shift workers' heart health linked to body clock
Fri April 16th - The risk of heart disease becomes greater the more an individual works outside of their natural body clock, new research suggests. More
Infection much greater risk than vaccines for thrombotic events
Fri April 16th - Cerebral venous thrombosis has been a significant complication of COVID-19 at a rate far higher than seen after vaccination, British researchers have reported. More
RECENT COMMENTS
On 09/10/2020 William Haworth wrote:
How long is recovery time after proceedure... on Ablation cuts atrial fibrillat...
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote:
https://epidemicj17.imascientist.org.uk/2017/06/21... on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...
OUR CLIENTS
THIS WEEK'S STORIES
ENGLEMED HEALTH NEWS

Zika microcephaly link "clear" - US

Thursday April 14th, 2016

The Zika virus is definitely responsible for outbreaks of microcephaly in babies, US health officials have stated.

The announcement came as a new Brazilian study today sets out the extent of the brain damage in babies caused by the virus.

Speaking about new research, Dr Thomas Frieden, head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said: "It is now clear that the virus causes microcephaly."

And CDC expert Dr Anne Schuchat said: "Everything we know about this virus seems to be scarier than we initially thought."

The Brazilian research, published in The BMJ, involved a detail study of 23 babies diagnosed with a congenital infection linked to the Zika virus.

Their mothers also showed signs of Zika infection during pregnancy. All the babies had microcephaly or craniofacial disproportion and six tested positively for Zika virus antibodies.

CT scans showed that babies had brain calcification. It was also common to find malformations of cortical development, decreased brain volume and ventriculomegaly.

There was underdevelopment of the cerebellum and the brainstem - and MRI scans showed enlargement of the cistern magna together with delayed myelination.

The researchers, led by Professor Maria de Fatima Vasco Aragao, from Recife, Brazil, state that the brain damage was “extremely severe, indicating a poor prognosis for neurological function."

Clinical features and neuroimaging (CT and MRI) findings in presumed Zika virus related congenital infection and microcephaly: retrospective case series study. BMJ 14 April 2016 [abstract]

Tags: Brain & Neurology | Childbirth and Pregnancy | Flu & Viruses | North America | South America

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

Name:
Email:
Comment:
<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)
CATEGORIES