A drug already on the market to treat worm infections and another being tested against liver diseases may also help treat Zika virus infections, researchers reported Monday.
The findings are a rare bit of good news about Zika, which has caused epidemics across Latin America and the Caribbean, and smaller outbreaks in Florida, the Pacific and southeast Asia, NBC News reported.
Zika has caused smaller epidemics of birth defects, notably brain damage that can cause miscarriages or profound developmental injuries in babies.
The team at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Johns Hopkins University and Florida State University looked first in a library of existing drug compounds for products that might act to stop Zika from killing brain cells and perhaps stop it from replicating itself.
One of the drugs is Nicosamide used to treat worm infections, and the other is Emricasan to treat hepatitis C.
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Mylan says it will make available a generic version of its EpiPen, as criticism mounts over the price of its injectable medicine.
The company said Monday that its U.S. subsidiary will put out a generic version of the EpiPen that will have a list price of $300 for a two-pack — about half the current price. It will be available in both 0.15 mg and 0.30 mg strengths.
EpiPens are used in emergencies to treat severe allergies to insect bites and foods like nuts and eggs that can lead to anaphylactic shock.
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Florida's major theme parks are now offering free bug repellent to visitors as concerns about mosquito-transmitted Zika virus mount.
Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando on Sunday began offering the mosquito spray and lotion free of charge at their parks.
No mosquito-transmitted case of the Zika virus has been found in central Florida. But theme park officials say they're offering the repellent as a precaution and to ease the fears of visitors.
Reports of a gunman opening fire that turned out to be false caused panicked evacuations at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, while flights to and from the airport saw major delays.
The central terminal area at LAX reopened around 11 p.m. Sunday, according to the LA Airport Police. Police had searched the airport after hearing reports of possible gunfire around 8:45 p.m. in Terminal 8. The reports were unconfirmed, the LA Airport Police posted on Twitter.
A person in a Zorro costume was detained by airport police, authorities said. It was unclear if the two incidents were related.
Still, the security scare stirred "complete chaos," as one passenger put it. Hundreds of people rushed from terminals on to sidewalks or the tarmac. And it left a mess with three terminals shut down, roads closed and flights held in the air and on the ground.
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The OneOrlando Fund has raised $23 million and counting for Pulse nightclub shooting victims, but experts say the donations won't be enough to completely offset medical and other expenses incurred from the mass shooting.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that as generous as the donations have been to aid victims of the June shooting that left 49 dead, it won't be enough to cover all of their medical bills, long-term care and lost wages.
In addition to worrying about their recovery, victims are now concerned by mounting medical bills and normal routine living expenses because many are still in treatment and have not yet been able to return to work.
More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lighting in central Norway.
The Norwegian Environment Agency has released eerie images showing a jumble of reindeer carcasses scattered across a small area on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. The agency says 323 animals were killed, including 70 calves, in the lightning storm Friday.
Agency spokesman Kjartan Knutsen told The Associated Press it's not uncommon for reindeer or other wildlife to be killed by lightning strikes but this was an unusually deadly event.
"We have not heard about such numbers before," he said Monday.
Such new rules include a weight limit and when the devices can be flown.
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Apple is expected to show off a new iPhone next week when the company holds its fall product launch event in San Francisco. The tech giant announced the date for the Sept. 7 launch by sending out invitations to technology journalists and industry analysts on Monday. Apple didn't provide any details, in keeping with its usual practice, but it traditionally announces one or two new iPhone models at its annual September event.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is catching criticism from conservationists for reeling in a 154.5-pound thresher shark off Long Island.
The Democrat tweeted a picture of his catch Sunday.
Cuomo's office notes he was legally permitted to keep the shark. But several social media users still criticized the decision.
Shark Research Institute director Marie Levine says Monday that threshers are considered vulnerable, a conservation status just below endangered. She says that sport fishing isn't a leading shark killer but that releasing the fish would have been preferable.
A man dressed as the character Zorro and carrying what turned out to be a plastic sword was briefly detained Sunday before a night of evacuations, flight delays and chaos at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police encountered the man at about 8:40 p.m. outside an LAX terminal just minutes before authorities received several false reports of an active shooter. Officers approached the man with weapons drawn "out of an abundance of caution," airport police said in a statement.
The man was briefly detained and questioned by police before he was released Sunday night, police said. Police did not confirm whether the shooting reports and sword incident were related.
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Authorities say a Los Angeles teacher has been charged with smuggling heroin and cellphones to a San Quentin inmate on death row. The East Bay Times reports Monday that 47-year-old Teri Orina Nichols brought 18 cellphones, 18 cellphone chargers, two unidentified blue pills and about 3 ounces of heroin into the prison under her clothing during a visit with 50-year-old Bruce Millsap. Millsap was condemned in 2000 for a series of murders and robberies in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. Nichols could not be reached for comment.
A storm system in the Florida Straits strengthened to a tropical depression Sunday, NBC News reported.
The tropical depression was south of the western tip of the Florida Keys and was moving west late Sunday afternoon. It was expected to move back east and travel over Florida by Thursday and Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.
Gov. Rick Scott has warned South Florida residents to have an emergency plan in the event of flooding. Between 1 and 4 inches of rain could fall over the southern half of Florida through Wednesday, and some parts could get 6 inches, the hurricane center said.
Any heavy rains could also pose a setback to control mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus, which has been detected in areas of the state, forecasters said.
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