Midnight In The Desert — pika

Zika’s link to shrinking baby brains is scary

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Zika’s link to shrinking baby brains is scary

A spike in microcephaly cases in Brazil—and its potential links to the Zika virus—has spurred a global public health emergency, prompted calls for women to postpone pregnancy in some countries, and inspired new guidelines about how to have sex in the US. It’s now looking like the problem may have been overstated—or at the very least, misunderstood. Data from Brazil’s health ministry suggests that the number of children born with microcephaly, or a smaller-than-normal head and brain, may be lower than originally reported. Separately, a study by Brazilian researchers shows that the prevalence of microcephaly was likely higher in the...

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Conspiracy Theorists Think Zika Is a Biological Weapon

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Conspiracy Theorists Think Zika Is a Biological Weapon

It hasn’t even been a week since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus a global emergency, and already the conspiracy theories are piling up. Of course they are. A pandemic that’s sparked an abortion rights dystopia and legit discussion of genetic warfare? The Rockefeller family must be involved. Here are a few “theories” on the origin of the Zika virus, culled from the bastion of rational scientific discourse also known as the internet. GMO Mosquitos / Oxitec Perhaps the most ubiquitous rumor circulating online is that the Zika outbreak was caused by genetically modified mosquitos released by...

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