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Genetically modified mosquitoes could mean curtains for the Zika virus. 

New U.S. cases of Zika virus infections are continually being discovered as the Food and Drug Administration looks to these high-tech mosquitos as a possible solution. Zika’s potential to spring from mosquito “nurseries” in the American South could hammer poor minority communities as summer heats up. Atlanta has the nation’s worst mosquito problem, according to Orkin, the pest control company. Mosquitoes only need standing water to spawn.

Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies, recently put the spotlight on the rising incidence of diabetes in the Caribbean while officially opening the second staging of the World Family Doctor Day Conference. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), one adult in eight has diabetes in the North America and Caribbean region. The Caribbean nations with the most diabetes cases in 2015 were:

Although many Americans are aware of the water crises taking place in different parts of the country, such as Flint, Michigan and New Jersey, most believe themselves to be far removed from these situations. Experts caution, however, that what’s happening there could happen anywhere, anytime to whole neighborhoods, individual streets or even just to a specific house.

More than 12,000 women in the United States are diagnosed annually with cervical cancer and 4,000 die each year. However, innovations in diagnostics and prevention could help reduce that number, while also giving women a better understanding of their health. â€¢ The basics: Women 21-65 years old should have a Pap smear every three years, according to new health guidelines, along with a Human Papillomavirus (HPV) test in some cases - not annually as most women were taught.

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