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Arthrogryposis: new fetal malformation was related to zika virus

Arthrogryposis: new fetal malformation was related to zika virus

Microcephaly is not the only concern that mothers should have about the zika virus. A Brazilian study published in the international scientific journal Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology analyzed cases in which infants, in addition to zika-linked microcephaly, also had other malformations, such as arthrogryposis, a rare disease in which there are deficiencies in the joints,

In the study, two children born in Paraíba were analyzed. One presented cerebral atrophy and calcification in the white matter in the frontal lobe. In the other child, the asymmetric hemispheres of the brain and cataracts in both eyes.

After that, six other cases of microcephaly related to zika were found in Paraíba. Three had cerebral calcifications and two showed cerebellar involvement, while one developed severe arthrogryposis.

Currently, however, there are four children with arthrogryposis and suspected zika, two are babies who died shortly after birth, and the other two are fetuses In other words, zika congenital infection may lead to more problems in the formation of the baby than microcephaly.

Because infection with zika does not always cause symptoms, when babies are born with these malformations, it is necessary first of all to exclude other diseases which lead to this type of problem in the fetus, such as toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex, syphilis and rubella.


Urinalysis may detect prostate cancer risk

Urinalysis may detect prostate cancer risk

In a study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers at the University of Michigan say a new urine test they developed will be able to detect the risk of prostate cancer. The test may indicate whether or not a patient will need to perform a biopsy, usually indicated after the PSA antigen is detected in their blood.

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The Importance of Oral Examination at One Year

The Importance of Oral Examination at One Year

According to the American Dental Association and one of its constituent societies, The Wisconsin Dental Association (WDA) recently launched the new campaign "Milk teeth are very important?" A lifetime of healthy, pain-free smiles begins with a mouth exam on the child's first birthday. wants parents to know that the first visit to the dentist is as important a milestone on a baby's first birthday as the first hug, the first smile and the first step, "said Dr.

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