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Zika virus may be useful in treating brain tumours
Conclusion This is an interesting piece of research that shows how knowledge in one field of medicine can sometimes be applied to another field with surprising results. But it's important to be realistic about the stage of research. This is very much a "proof of concept" study, and tests on cells, tissues and mice don't necessarily translate into a safe and effective treatment for humans. The study has several limitations, but the fact the treatment so far hasn't been tested on humans is the most important. For one thing, Zika virus doesn't naturally infect mice, so researchers had to use a specially engineered v...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cancer Source Type: news

3 Californians have died of West Nile virus this summer, officials say
California health officials said Friday that three people have died of West Nile virus this summer, marking the first deaths in what could be a particularly dangerous season for the disease.The three people lived in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Kern counties, according to health officials.... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - September 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Man in a coma after heart attack caused by West Nile virus
Danny Duncan, from Indiana, has been in a coma for 19 days after contracting the virus. A woman in Pittsburgh was also hospitalized with the virus. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Conditions creating 'perfect storm' for West Nile outbreak in Ontario, says expert
A team from Brock University is predicting an outbreak of the West Nile virus that could hit more than 300 human cases in the next two weeks. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Windsor Source Type: news

First Human Cases of West Nile Virus for 2017 Reported in Wisconsin
State and local health officials are advising residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites as they announce this year ’s first confirmed human cases ofWest Nile virus(WNV) in residents of Oconto and Fond du Lac Counties. The majority of WNV human cases in the state occur during the months of August and September. However, the risk of contracting WNV and other mosquito-borne illnesses is present anytime mosquitoes are active, so...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - August 21, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers: Interpreting CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR Assay Test Results
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 08/11/2017 This five-page document provides information about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s issuing of an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to authorize the use of the CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR assay for the in vitro qualitative detection of Zika virus with specified instruments. This assay tests for Zika virus, dengue virus, chikungunya virus, and West Nile virus RNA in human serum. The assay also tests for Zika virus in urine, collected alongside a patient-matched serum specimen. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Can previous exposure to west Nile alter the course of Zika?
(Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso) West Nile virus is no stranger to the US-Mexico border; thousands of people in the region have contracted the mosquito-borne virus in the past. But could this previous exposure affect how intensely Zika sickens someone now? (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA approves emergency use for multiplex Zika test
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) The Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) at Columbia University's Mailman School today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the CII-ArboViroPlex rRT-PCR Test, the first multiplex assay that simultaneously tests for the presence of Zika virus, all serotypes of dengue virus, chikungunya virus, and West Nile virus, as well as a host gene that ensures the accuracy of results. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 14, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquitos in New Hampshire West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquitos in New Hampshire
The first detections of West Nile virus in New Hampshire for 2017 have occurred in two mosquito batches from Manchester. The state department of health advises on when to suspect and how to report cases.State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: None News Source Type: news

Public health experts tackle invasive mosquito
Eggs and larvae of the Asian tiger mosquito found in South East England Related items fromOnMedica 12-fold increase in chikungunya virus Dengue fever and West Nile virus threat to the UK New target in war against mosquito-borne diseases Proneness to mosquito bites could be partly genetic (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - August 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Technologies for Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. 07/14/2017 This six-page guidance document is designed for state and territorial health agencies that are interested in surveillance tools to build or expand their surveillance activities for vector-borne diseases, including Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya virus, dengue, and malaria. It identifies vector-borne disease surveillance technologies that public health agencies can use to monitor and mitigate mosquito-related outbreaks; and outlines the integrated prevention, response, and mitigation activities that comprise a surveillance workflow that public health...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Mosquito Season Could Be Worse Than Usual In Northeast
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A wetter-than-normal spring in the Northeast is producing a bumper crop of mosquitoes, leading to worries of a corresponding spike in mosquito-borne illnesses this summer. The heavy rain that erased last summer’s drought has put public health officials on alert as summer begins to unfold. “Anecdotally, everybody is telling me that they’re being eaten alive by mosquitoes,” said Sara Robinson, an epidemiologist for the Maine Center for Disease Control. Mosquitoes (WBZ-TV) But, she hastened to add, it’s too early to say whether there will be an increase in West Nile v...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Local News Mosquitoes Source Type: news

Health departments detect mosquitoes with West Nile virus  
New York, Illinois, Texas and California reported they have West Nile virus infected mosquitoes. There were 2,000 cases of the virus reported to the CDC last year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global Health: The High-Tech Device That ’ s Like a Bouncer for Mosquitoes
New traps that use infrared beams to identify insects are helping researchers capture more of the disease-carrying insects they need. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Mosquitoes West Nile Virus Zika Virus Source Type: news

Mosquito-borne Diseases in New Hampshire 2017 Mosquito-borne Diseases in New Hampshire 2017
Mosquito-borne diseases transmitted in New Hampshire include West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis virus, both transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.State Health Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: None News Source Type: news

L.A. County reports 2017's first case of West Nile virus
A San Gabriel Valley resident was hospitalized with West Nile virus in what health officials say is the first case in Los Angeles County this year.The patient ended up in the hospital in March and has since recovered, officials announced this week.West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes,... (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - June 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla Source Type: news

Wisconsin Birds Test Positive For West Nile Virus
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) reports 12 birds found in eight counties in the state have tested positive forWest Nile virus since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. “The positive birds mean that Wisconsin residents need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Karen McKeown, Wisconsin State Health Officer of the DHS Division of Public Health, said. West Nile...(see release) (Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases)
Source: Wisconsin DHFS Press Releases - June 15, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Authors: millejcodn Source Type: news

Scientists reveal mechanism behind mosquito-borne-disease 'blocker' used to fight viruses
(Indiana University) A new study from Indiana University may explain how a bacterium called Wolbachia prevents mosquitoes from transmitting deadly diseases such as dengue fever, West Nile virus and Zika. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 15, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

COBAS TaqScreen West Nile Virus Test
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Source: What's New at CBER - June 5, 2017 Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: news

Procleix West Nile Virus (WNV) Assay
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Source: What's New at CBER - June 5, 2017 Category: Biomedical Science Source Type: news

Brain fights West Nile Virus in unexpected way
A biochemical self-destruct trigger found in many types of cells takes on a different role in brain cells infected with West Nile virus. In a turnabout, it guards the lives of these cells and calls up the body's defenses. Neurons might be protected by this otherwise self-demise mechanism because they are non-renewable and too important to kill off. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 18, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Brain fights West Nile Virus in unexpected way
(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine) A biochemical self-destruct trigger found in many types of cells takes on a different role in brain cells infected with West Nile virus. In a turnabout, it guards the lives of these cells and calls up the body's defenses. Neurons might be protected by this otherwise self-demise mechanism because they are non-renewable and too important to kill off. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 18, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The World Is Not Ready for the Next Pandemic
Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It’s a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it’s started jumping from chickens to humans more readily–bad news, because the virus is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems, and 41% died. What H7N9 can’t do–yet–is spread easily from person to person, but experts know that could change. The longer the virus spends in humans, the better the chance that i...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Bryan Walsh Tags: Uncategorized CDC Disease ebola Gates Foundation MERS outbreak pandemic Zika Source Type: news

WNV in Donated Blood Correlated With Neuroinvasive Disease WNV in Donated Blood Correlated With Neuroinvasive Disease
The correlation between West Nile virus-positive blood donations and neuroinvasive disease cases could have important implications for blood donor screening.Emerging Infectious Diseases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

[Report] Enhancement of Zika virus pathogenesis by preexisting antiflavivirus immunity
Zika virus (ZIKV) is spreading rapidly into regions around the world where other flaviviruses, such as dengue virus (DENV) and West Nile virus (WNV), are endemic. Antibody-dependent enhancement has been implicated in more severe forms of flavivirus disease, but whether this also applies to ZIKV infection is unclear. Using convalescent plasma from DENV- and WNV-infected individuals, we found substantial enhancement of ZIKV infection in vitro that was mediated through immunoglobulin G engagement of Fcγ receptors. Administration of DENV- or WNV-convalescent plasma into ZIKV-susceptible mice resulted in increased morbidi...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Susana V. Bardina Source Type: news

Enhancement of Zika virus pathogenesis by preexisting antiflavivirus immunity
Zika virus (ZIKV) is spreading rapidly into regions around the world where other flaviviruses, such as dengue virus (DENV) and West Nile virus (WNV), are endemic. Antibody-dependent enhancement has been implicated in more severe forms of flavivirus disease, but whether this also applies to ZIKV infection is unclear. Using convalescent plasma from DENV- and WNV-infected individuals, we found substantial enhancement of ZIKV infection in vitro that was mediated through immunoglobulin G engagement of Fc receptors. Administration of DENV- or WNV-convalescent plasma into ZIKV-susceptible mice resulted in increased morbidity&mdas...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Bardina, S. V., Bunduc, P., Tripathi, S., Duehr, J., Frere, J. J., Brown, J. A., Nachbagauer, R., Foster, G. A., Krysztof, D., Tortorella, D., Stramer, S. L., Garcia-Sastre, A., Krammer, F., Lim, J. K. Tags: Medicine, Diseases reports Source Type: news

Previous exposure to flaviviruses increases effects of Zika
Prior infection with dengue or West Nile virus can enhance the effects of Zika infection, a new study using human samples tested in mice finds. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 30, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

There's A Reason Zika Virus Became A Pandemic In 2015
This reporting is brought to you by HuffPost’s health and science platform, The Scope. Like us on Facebook and Twitter and tell us your story: scopestories@huffingtonpost.com.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

In first, scientists forecast West Nile Virus outbreaks
Scientists, for the first time, are reporting a method to accurately predict the timing and intensity of West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreaks. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 24, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

In first, scientists forecast West Nile Virus outbreaks
(Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health) Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health are the first to report a method to accurately predict the timing and intensity of West Nile Virus (WNV) outbreaks. The study is published in the journal Nature Communications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

West Nile Virus Infection Symptoms
(Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - February 22, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Drought May Beckon Bigger West Nile Outbreaks
Dry environment might alter how easily mosquito-borne virus is transmitted, researchers say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: West Nile Virus (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drought May Beckon Bigger West Nile Outbreaks
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 8, 2017 -- A parched climate might be the perfect environment for spreading West Nile virus, a new study suggests. Researchers examined 15 years of data on West Nile virus infections in people across the United States and found that... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 8, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

West Nile Virus and Other Arboviral Diseases--US, 2015 West Nile Virus and Other Arboviral Diseases--US, 2015
This report reveals that West Nile virus remains the leading cause of domestically acquired arboviral disease, but several other arboviruses are responsible for sporadic cases and disease outbreaks.Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases Journal Article Source Type: news

Drought identified as key to severity of West Nile virus epidemics
(University of California - Santa Cruz) A study led by UC Santa Cruz researchers has found that drought dramatically increases the severity of West Nile virus epidemics in the United States, although populations affected by large outbreaks acquire immunity that limits the size of subsequent epidemics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 7, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

West Nile Virus and Other Nationally Notifiable Arboviral Diseases — United States, 2015
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - January 19, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

European Union Summary Report on Trends and Sources of Zoonoses, Zoonotic Agents and Food-Borne Outbreaks in 2015
European Union, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 12/16/2016 This 231-page document presents the results of the zoonoses monitoring activities carried out in 2015 in 32 European countries (28 Member States [MS] and four non-MS). A total of 4,362 food-borne outbreaks, including water-borne outbreaks, were reported. Bacteria were the most commonly detected causative agents, followed by bacterial toxins, viruses, other causative agents, and parasites. The report summarizes trends and sources for tuberculosis due to Mycobacterium bovis, Brucella, Trichinella, Echinococcus, Toxoplasma, rabies, Coxiella burneti...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - January 17, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

5 Ways The Zika Virus Is Here To Stay
Zika virus’ status as a global health threat may officially be over, but the disease’s impact is far from contained.  The World Health Organization decided in November to end its designation of Zika virus as a public health emergency, but that doesn’t mean that Zika virus has disappeared, explained Dr. Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, a clinical neurologist with an expertise in infectious disorders at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Alongside pressing concerns about how to prevent a resurgence of the disease, health care systems in Brazil and other countries that saw births of babies infected with the disease in ute...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

5 Ways The Zika Virus Is Here To Stay
Zika virus’ status as a global health threat may officially be over, but the disease’s impact is far from contained.  The World Health Organization decided in November to end its designation of Zika virus as a public health emergency, but that doesn’t mean that Zika virus has disappeared, explained Dr. Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, a clinical neurologist with an expertise in infectious disorders at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Alongside pressing concerns about how to prevent a resurgence of the disease, health care systems in Brazil and other countries that saw births of babies infected with the disease in ute...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 4, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

West Nile Virus
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - December 9, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Global Health: Telling Mosquitoes Apart With a Cellphone
Calling their project “ Shazam for Mosquitoes, ” Stanford students showed that common mobile phones could distinguish the hums of beating wings, which could prove useful in fighting diseases. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Mosquitoes Cellular Telephones West Nile Virus American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Source Type: news

Aethlon ’ s blood filtration device as broad countermeasure for infectious diseases
In the midst of a devastating global crisis 2 years ago, a Ugandan physician was infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone as he was treating patients. He was hospitalized at the Frankfurt University Hospital and 12 days later he was unconscious, suffering from multiple organ failure. By the time Aethlon Medical (NSDQ:AEMD) got permission to use its Hemopurifier device, the doctor required mechanical ventilation, continuous dialysis and vasopressor medications. After almost 7 hours of treatment with the single cartridge blood filtration device, the patient’s viral load dropped from 400,000 virus copies per milliliter ...
Source: Mass Device - November 18, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Blood Management Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Research & Development Aethlon Medical Inc. MassDevice Q&A Source Type: news

West Nile Virus Results in More Deaths Than Expected
West Nile virus may be deadlier than public health officials and doctors have thought, according to researchers in Texas who examined more than 4,100 cases in their state. (Source: WSJ.com: Health)
Source: WSJ.com: Health - November 15, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PAID Source Type: news

West Nile's long-term death toll may be higher than thought
Randy Dotinga, HealthDay News A study suggests the death toll from the West Nile virus might be much greater than thought because its effects can kill people months or years after infection. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

West Nile virus linked to risk of shorter life span
West Nile virus may be much more deadly than previously believed, with deaths attributable to the mosquito-borne disease occurring not just in the immediate aftermath of the infection but also years later, long after patients seem to have recovered from the initial illness, according to a new study. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

West Nile's Long-Term Death Toll May Be Higher Than Thought
MONDAY, Nov. 14, 2016 -- A new study suggests that the death toll from the mosquito-borne West Nile virus might be much greater than thought because its effects may often kill people months or years after infection. " We are hoping our research... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - November 14, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

New study ties West Nile virus to risk of shorter life span
(Burness) West Nile virus may be much more deadly than previously believed, with deaths attributable to the mosquito-borne disease occurring not just in the immediate aftermath of the infection but also years later, long after patients seem to have recovered from the initial illness, according to a new study presented today at the 2016 Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 14, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Zika's Rapid Rise and the Limp Global Response Reveal Dire Global Health Challenges
With cases rising in Florida, Singapore, Vietnam and Trinidad and Tobago, the Zika virus pandemic is raising public concern in regions across the globe, including the U.S., where about 80 percent of Americans are aware of it but only 40 percent understand how it is actually transmitted. This raises a host of questions not only about the clinical and epidemiological scope of the outbreak, but also about the ability of citizens, public health authorities and politicians at all levels to adequately deal with it.  So far, the response has been slow and the challenge remains serious and unpredictable. We need to understand...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 4, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

A Mysterious Neurological Condition Is Paralyzing Children
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the rise of a rare polio-like illness that tends to strike children. Acute flaccid myelitis, a condition that affects the nervous system, has sickened 89 people across 33 states so far this year, and doctors aren’t sure what causes it.  Scientists still only have a preliminary understanding of how AFM affects children, but it appears to affect muscle tone, sometimes to the point of long-term paralysis.   Symptoms include sudden weakness in the limbs, loss of muscle strength and decreased reflexes. Other signs of the disease include droopy ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 3, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

A Mysterious Neurological Condition Is Paralyzing Children
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the rise of a rare polio-like illness that tends to strike children. Acute flaccid myelitis, a condition that affects the nervous system, has sickened 89 people across 33 states so far this year, and doctors aren’t sure what causes it.  Scientists still only have a preliminary understanding of how AFM affects children, but it appears to affect muscle tone, sometimes to the point of long-term paralysis.   Symptoms include sudden weakness in the limbs, loss of muscle strength and decreased reflexes. Other signs of the disease include droopy ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news