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Images show Zika’s effect on baby brains

Although much of the Zika panic comes from photos of babies with microcephaly—abnormally small heads—a new study sheds light on the assault of the virus on the brain, The New York Times reports. Researchers used brain scans and ultrasounds to image the brains of 45 babies affected by Zika and found that the virus is a much more formidable opponent than previously thought, as shown in their paper in Radiology. Most babies in the study had damage to important parts of the brain, from the cerebellum that’s important for balance, movement, and speech, to the basal ganglia, which play a role in thinking and emotion.