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Brazil registers more than 3 thousand cases of malformations linked to zika

Brazil registers more than 3 thousand cases of malformations linked to zika

The Ministry of Health released on Tuesday (30) new data related to changes in growth and development of babies / children due to infection with the zika virus. According to the epidemiological bulletin, 3,037 cases were confirmed between November 8, 2015 and December 2, 2017.

In this two-year period 15,150 cases of suspected malformations caused by zika were reported, of which 1,987 (13.1% % of the total) were excluded by the ministry after careful investigation, since they did not meet the current case definitions?

Among the remaining cases and with investigation completed, in addition to the 3,037 confirmed cases (20.1%), another 6,718 were discarded (44.3%), 310 were classified as probable (2%) and 195 were considered inconclusive (1.3%)

The region that concentrated the largest number of confirmed cases was the Northeast, with 2,001 cases, followed by Southeast, with 569, and by the Midwest, with 237. The northern region recorded 179, while the South confirmed 51.

According to the bulletin, the state with the highest number of malformations in infants and children was Pernambuco (16.9%). (9.2%), Paraíba (7.4%), and Rio de Janeiro (7.4%).

What is Congenital Syndrome Zika virus?

Since 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) has come to recognize as congenital zika virus syndrome the malformations and problems presented by infants who had mothers infected by zika during gestation. The disease is considered congenital because the symptoms are already present at birth. Microcephaly is only one of the signs these children have, but they may also have epilepsy, visual and hearing impairment, developmental impairment, and other problems associated with the nervous system.


Obstructive apnea during sleep promotes increased blood pressure

Obstructive apnea during sleep promotes increased blood pressure

A study published in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association points out that people who suffer from apnea while sleeping have changes in blood vessels similar to those of people with high blood pressure. The investigations were based on the functional changes of the blood vessels of 108 individuals, 36 of whom were victims of moderate or severe apnea and without high blood pressure; 36 without apnea, but with high pressure and 36 without high pressure and without apnea.

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8 Common diabetes myths that need to be knocked out

8 Common diabetes myths that need to be knocked out

Diabetes is the target of the permanent creation of myths around you: there is always someone with a "magic formula" to help with treatment (as a rule, nothing scientifically proven) and many people, even lay people, In the opinion of the endocrinologist Rodrigo Moreira, a member of the National Board of the Brazilian Society of Endocrinology and Meta- chemistry (SBEM), this is because diabetes is one of the most common causes of diabetes.

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