CDC updates care guidance for infants born to mothers with possible Zika

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week issued updated guidance for U.S. health care providers caring for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy. Infection during pregnancy can cause serious damage to the brain of the developing fetus. CDC provides... read more

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

AHA recommends federal actions to address opioid crisis

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Eliminating the Medicaid Institutions for Mental Disease exclusion for adults under age 65 would help improve access to treatment for those with severe or complex substance use disorders, AHA told the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee today in a statement submitted for a hearing on the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: maternal health, infant health, Medicaid, Behavioral health, HIPAA, opioids

CDC deactivates emergency operations center for Zika virus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today deactivated its emergency operations center for Zika virus. “Since the 2016 EOC activation for Zika, experts from across the agency have worked to protect Americans, especially pregnant women, fetuses and infants, from the emerging virus and its... read more

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

CDC: Sexually transmitted diseases at record high

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More than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the U.S. in 2016, a record high, according to the latest annual report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlamydia cases grew 4.7% to nearly 1.6 million; gonorrhea cases grew 18.5% to more than 468,000; and... read more

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

CDC updates Zika guidance for providers caring for pregnant women

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday issued updated recommendations for health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure. In the updated guidance, CDC no longer recommends the routine testing of women with possible recent exposure to Zika virus but... read more

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

CDC: U.S. births decline 1% in 2016

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U.S. births declined 1% in 2016 to 3.94 million, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Birth rates for women under age 30 fell to record lows while rates for women in their 30s and 40s rose. The Cesarean delivery rate fell for the fourth year in a row, to 31.9%, the... read more

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

CDC reports 5% birth defect rate in women with Zika in U.S. territories

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About one in 20 women in the U.S. territories who were infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy had a baby or fetus with associated birth defects, consistent with earlier findings from primarily travel-associated infections in the states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported... read more

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

CDC updates Zika guidance for Miami-Dade County

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday lifted the “Zika cautionary (yellow) area” designation for Miami-Dade County, FL, citing no new cases of local transmission for more than 45 days. While there are no longer any travel recommendations related to Zika virus in the county, women and men... read more

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

Hearing examines public health response to Zika virus

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a subcommittee hearing on the U.S. public health response to Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in infants born to women infected during pregnancy. About 94% of the more than 5,200 Zika cases reported in the continental U.S. since... read more

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

CDC to host call for clinicians on retesting patients who received certain lead tests

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 24 call for clinicians on its recommendations for retesting certain children and adults who had venous blood lead tests performed using a Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare analyzer. The call will review the recommendations, which patients may be... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, child health, maternal health, infant health, nurses

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