NBC News – Zika Virus May Be in Florida – and Congress Is on Vacation
Florida health officials are checking on the latest case of Zika virus there — in someone who doesn’t appear to have traveled to an affected zone and who doesn’t appear to have been infected sexually by a traveler. This may turn out to be the first instance of Zika spreading locally in the continental U.S. If so, it will fulfill predictions made by the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the top infectious disease doctor at the National Institutes of Health, as well as countless experts in mosquito-borne diseases.

KXAN – After hundreds get sick, CDC warns about backyard chickens
Chickens have become a staple in city backyards, especially in Austin. While they can provide many benefits to a home, owners must also be aware health dangers. The CDC says over 600 people have caught salmonella from backyard chickens and ducks in the past few months, spanning across 45 states, including Texas. Many of the people infected are young children.

Reuters – Only extreme sitting linked to increased heart disease risk
Being sedentary, at least in moderation, is unlikely to cause heart disease, according to a new review of past research. Based on their analysis, researchers conclude that only very high levels of sedentary time – more than 10 hours per day – are linked to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or heart disease-related death. Compared to sitting for less than three of one’s waking hours each day, more than 10 hours of sedentary time was tied to an 8 percent increase in risk for developing heart disease.

Medical Daily – Hip Replacements For Arthritis Patients Could Be A Thing Of The Past, Thanks To Lab-Grown Cartilage
Arthritis is often treated as an inevitable and incurable part of getting older, but new developments in lab-grown cartilage may soon change this. Although yet to be tested in humans, a team from Cytex Therapeutics, a North Carolina-based company that develops bio-artificial devices, believes these advancements may one day eliminate the need for hip replacement surgery in younger arthritis patients. According to a study released on the innovative new medical device, published in the online journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the cartilage was created using “3D textile technology,” and is made of a patient’s stem cells that have been coaxed to grow into cartilage on a plastic scaffold shaped like the ball of a hip joint.