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New doubts on Zika as cause of microcephaly

Brazil’s microcephaly epidemic continues to pose a mystery — if Zika is the culprit, why are there no similar epidemics in other countries also hit hard by the virus? In Brazil, the microcephaly rate soared with more than 1,500 confirmed cases. But in Colombia, a recent study of nearly 12,000 pregnant women infected with Zika found zero microcephaly cases. If …

Diabetes drug causes cancer: Big pharma fined for destroying the evidence

In 1999, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug – Actos – for the treatment of diabetes in the United States. It did not take long before the drug became the best-selling diabetes treatment in the world, primarily due to its effect of reducing glucose production in the liver. For those taking and prescribing it, Actos seemed like a …