Religious and secular views on women's rights over their bodies take center stage at the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, with the justices hearing arguments in a controversial case involving Obamacare and birth control.
The hearing, over seven combined lawsuits, marks the fourth time in as many years that the highest court in the land has taken up a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law.Full Story
Brazil has confirmed 907 cases of microcephaly and 198 babies with the birth defect who have died since the Zika virus outbreak started in October, authorities said Tuesday.
Health officials are still working on 4,293 suspicious cases, the Health Ministry said.Full Story
At least 37 suspects have been detained and 13 wholesalers put under investigation over a vaccine scandal that has raised deep concern about safety, Chinese media said Wednesday.
The case involves the illegal and improper storage, transport and sale of tens of millions of dollars' worth of vaccines -- many of them expired, the official Xinhua news agency said.Full Story
Ebola has likely killed five people in Guinea after re-emerging in the country's south, health authorities said Tuesday, as Liberia announced it was closing their shared border to guard against the spread of the virus.Full Story
A Bangladeshi man who contracted a fever 19 months ago was infected with the Zika virus, the first confirmed case in the South Asian country, health authorities said Tuesday.
The Bangladesh Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research tested blood samples from 101 patients previously thought to have dengue or other viral fevers, to see if any had been infected with Zika.Full Story
French authorities said Tuesday there was "a very strong suspicion" that the first case of microcephaly linked to the Zika virus had been detected on the Caribbean island of Martinique.
The case would be the first on French territory of microcephaly, a birth defect thought to be caused by Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that has spread rapidly through South America.Full Story
China's Food and Drug Administration has ordered local governments to track the whereabouts of poorly refrigerated and probably ineffective vaccines after police detained a woman thought to have sold nearly $100 million worth of the suspect products nationwide.
The scandal has reawakened longstanding concerns among the public over the safety of food and medicine. Nine pharmaceutical wholesalers believed to have sold the vaccines are being investigated.Full Story
Federal health officials have approved a new injectable drug to treat patients who have been exposed to the deadly toxin anthrax.
The Food and Drug Administration said it approved Anthim on Friday to treat inhalation anthrax, which can cause serious injury and death. The condition occurs when anthrax bacterial spores are inhaled.Full Story
The World Health Organization (WHO) has dispatched a team to Cape Verde to monitor a Zika virus outbreak following the west African archipelago's first recorded microcephaly case.
The WHO said in a statement released Friday it was sending a team of epidemiologists, maternal health specialists and communication staff at the request of the government.Full Story
A medical charity confirmed Friday its specialist Ebola clinic has reopened in rural southern Guinea to treat an infected woman and her child after the virus killed at least two of their relatives.Full Story