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Virus Profilers Race To Figure Out What Makes Zika Tick

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016

Though Zika was discovered in 1947, few scientists since had studied the virus. Now, while some check its genes, others turn to placental cells for clues to any link between Zika and birth defects.

Oregon Confirms Case Of Travel-Associated Zika Virus

AP | Feb. 10, 2016

The Oregon Health Authority said Wednesday the woman contracted the virus outside the United States and has since recovered. The authority says there's no danger to the public.

Zika Virus: What Happened When

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016

For decades, Zika was considered a mild virus that rarely made people ill. Suddenly it seems to be causing serious problems and is spreading across the Americas. Here's the latest news.

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Chinese Taste For Fish Bladder Threatens Tiny Porpoise In Mexico

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016 11:03 a.m.

The nets that ensnare the giant totoaba fish also trap and kill the world's smallest and rarest mammal: a porpoise called the vaquita.

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Why You'll Never Buy the Perfect Ring (and Other Valentine's Day Stories)

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016 5:36 a.m.

It's almost Valentine's Day, but this week we're not talking about love. Instead, we explore the other forces that drive our romantic relationships.

Nation | Health

Scientists Discover A Second Bacterium That Causes Lyme Disease

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016 5:13 a.m.

It's not the tick that causes Lyme disease, but the bacteria that live in its spit. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic have found a second bacterium capable of causing the disease in people.

Science | Health

Sorry, Bogie, A Sigh Is Not Just A Sigh

NPR | Feb. 10, 2016 5:12 a.m.

Sighs aren't just signs of resignation, relief or the blues. Involuntary sighs are vital to lung health, say scientists who think they have figured out the brain circuitry that controls the reflex.

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Activists Want To Lift State Ban On Local GE Regulations

Northwest News Network | Feb. 9, 2016 4:41 p.m.

Opponents of genetically engineered crops in Oregon want state lawmakers to allow local governments to ban those crops.

World | Health

In The Arctic Circle, The Sun Will Come Up After 58 Tomorrows

NPR | Feb. 9, 2016 3:45 p.m.

The people in a tiny town in Greenland manage to stay (reasonably) happy even without the sun. But they're sure glad to have it back.

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Is Netflix Chill? Kenyan Authorities Threaten To Ban The Streaming Site

NPR | Feb. 9, 2016 3:44 p.m.

Two weeks ago, Kenyans finally got access to Netflix. But we still don't know if they'll binge happily every after.

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Data Breach Affects 91,000 Washington State Medicaid Clients

AP | Feb. 9, 2016 3:32 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

The information includes Social Security numbers, dates of birth, Apple Health client ID numbers and private health information.

World | Health

Zika In French Polynesia: It Struck Hard In 2013, Then Disappeared

NPR | Feb. 9, 2016 2:59 p.m.

It was the world's biggest Zika outbreak before Brazil, with estimated 20,000 cases. Researchers are only now looking into links to birth defects and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Nation | Health

State Of Emergency On Hawaii's Big Island Over Dengue Fever Outbreak

NPR | Feb. 9, 2016 2:33 p.m.

Hawaii has nearly 250 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus since September 2015. State health officials say dengue symptoms include fever, rash, severe headaches and eye, joint and muscle pain.

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