CDC: Infant mortality rates decline over decade for most racial/ethnic groups

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U.S. infant mortality declined between 2005 and 2014 for all major racial and ethnic groups except American Indians/Alaska Natives, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates declined 21% among Asian/Pacific Islander women, 20% among black women, 15% among white... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, infant health

Study: Perinatal HIV infections decline over decade

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An estimated 69 infants were born with perinatal HIV infection in 2013, down from 216 in 2002, according to a study published online today by JAMA Pediatrics. “The continuing prevalence of missed prevention opportunities suggests that the remaining HIV transmissions occur in a subset of the population... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, prevention

CDC updates blood and tissue safety risk for three Florida counties

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday announced the potential for increased risk to blood and tissue safety in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, FL, starting on June 15, 2016, due to local Zika virus transmission. “This increased risk is particularly relevant for semen... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, maternal health, infant health, prevention, Zika

CDC reports 20-fold increase in birth defects associated with Zika

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The proportion of U.S. pregnancies with Zika-associated birth defects is about 20 times higher than it was before the virus spread to the Americas, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between Jan. 15 and Sept. 22, 2016, the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: maternal health, population health, infant health, Zika

Journal publishes special issue on Zika virus global pandemic

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The January issue of the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, published by The College of American Pathologists, focuses on pathology and laboratory medicine aspects of the Zika virus global pandemic. The open access articles are available at http://www.archivesofpathology.org

Topic: Community Health
Tags: maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

FDA alerts providers to false positives from Zika test; CDC awards Zika funds

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The Food and Drug Administration recently alerted physicians to some false positive results for a test used to detect Zika virus antibodies in patients with a history of clinical signs and symptoms or residence in or travel to a region with active Zika transmission. The agency does not yet know whether... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, nurses, Zika

Study: 6% of U.S. pregnancies with Zika virus linked to birth defects

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About 6% of U.S. completed pregnancies with laboratory evidence of possible recent Zika infection had a fetus or infant with evidence of a Zika-related birth defect, according to a study published online yesterday by the Journal of the American Medical Association. Of 442 completed pregnancies included in... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, nurses, Zika

Study: Neonatal abstinence syndrome climbing more in rural areas

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The frequency of neonatal abstinence syndrome rose more in rural than urban counties between 2004 and 2013, according to a research letter published online yesterday by JAMA Pediatrics. The NAS rate per 1,000 hospital births rose from 1.2 to 7.5 among rural infants, and from 1.4 to 4.8 among urban... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, rural, opioids

CDC: South Beach, FL, no longer local Zika transmission area

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No new cases of local Zika virus transmission have been identified in the previously designated area of South Miami Beach, FL, for more than 45 days, suggesting that the risk of Zika virus infection is no longer greater than in the rest of Miami-Dade County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

Officials investigating possible local Zika transmission in Texas

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A resident of Brownsville, TX, has been diagnosed with Zika virus infection without any other known risk factors, meaning it may be the first local transmission of the virus by mosquitos in the state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday. State and local officials are... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

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