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New method detects Zika virus in blood transfusion

New method detects Zika virus in blood transfusion

A project of the Pró-Sangue / Hemocentro Foundation of São Paulo, supported by the São Paulo State Foundation for Research Support (FAPESP), was able to develop a method that detects the presence of According to José Eduardo Levi, head of the Department of Molecular Biology of the Pró-Sangue Foundation and coordinator of the research, the idea is to use this method in the screening of blood bags that will be used in blood transfusions. pregnant women or intrauterine transfusions (ie, where the blood is transferred directly to the fetus).

"We thought it would not be a good idea, in these cases, to use blood at risk of having the virus. Our proposal was to do a test to be used in a small number of blood bags? 0.16% of the stock of the blood bank? intended for this target audience.We intend to begin to apply the test in the Blood Center of São Paulo shortly after Carnival ?, said the researcher to the FAPESP Agency

For the time being, two cases of blood transfusion transmission of the Zika virus were confirmed at the Hemocentro of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), but none of the patients presented symptoms.The biggest fear is that the virus is passed for pregnant women through this contagion route, since there are great suspicions that this means of transmission may also lead to the development of microcephaly.


Social anxiety is linked to fear of making mistakes, study finds

Social anxiety is linked to fear of making mistakes, study finds

Social anxiety is an irrational phenomenon that occurs when the greatest fear of the individual is being rejected even when there is no reason for it. According to scientists, excessive attention to one's own mistakes is the root of the problem. About 15 million people are affected with social anxiety, just in the United States.

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Pollution of air can impair sperm quality, says poll

Pollution of air can impair sperm quality, says poll

Pollution-related problems do not only cause respiratory complications. A survey published in the scientific journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine found that contact with pollutants can impair semen quality. The survey was conducted between 2011 and 2014 with 6475 men aged 15 to 49 years and evaluated the semen quality of participants taking into account WHO guidelines, including sperm concentration, total motility and progressive and morphological motility.

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