Some of the day's top medical stories
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Pediatricians are asking hospitals to take special care with their newborns. And a mosquito-borne illness causing rare birth defects, has been reported in 20 different countries. Here's a look at the day's top medical headlines.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is warning hospitals that even routine medical procedures can cause significant pain to newborns. The group is recommending that hospitals find ways to minimize the number of those procedures. Research shows that repeated exposure to pain may create changes in brain development that last into childhood.
Current guidelines say American's should start screening for colorectal cancer at age 50. But researchers at the University of Michigan find nearly 15-percent of patients diagnosed, are younger than that. The study calls for increased awareness about the warning signs of colorectal cancer.
More than 20 countries have now reported cases of the Zika virus, and the World Health Organization says it's expected to spread across all of Latin America and the Caribbean. The mosquito-borne illness has been linked to a birth defect that causes an abnormally small head. The CDC is warning pregnant women should avoid traveling to countries that have been affected.
Those are some of the day's top medical stories.