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

Virginia hospitals report sharp decline in early elective deliveries

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Hospitals and health systems participating in a Virginia collaborative to reduce early elective deliveries, which can increase health complications for babies, reduced non-medically necessary deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation from 8% to 1.3% over the past four years, the Virginia Hospital &... read more

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

CDC updates Zika testing recommendations for asymptomatic pregnant women

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Pregnant women without Zika virus symptoms who have lived in or traveled to areas with Zika transmission should receive nucleic acid testing for Zika at least once per trimester, in addition to the previously recommended immunoglobulin M testing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an ... read more

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

CDC: Zika cases in Brazil highlight need for enhanced epilepsy surveillance

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Seizures and epilepsy were reported last year in some infants in Brazil with probable or laboratory evidence of congential Zika virus infection, according to a commentary co-authored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in JAMA Neurology. In a study of 48 infants with probable congenital Zika... read more

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

CDC issues guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus in health care

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus for health care personnel. The document provides guidance for facilities to determine when health care personnel should be tested for Zika virus infection following an occupational... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, maternal health, population health, infant health, Community health, nurses, preparedness, workforce, prevention, Zika

HHS awards contract to develop new diagnostic test for Zika

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has awarded an $8.9 million contract to further develop an automated laboratory diagnostic test for Zika virus, the second such test to receive funding from the agency’s Advanced Research and... read more

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

CDC reports birth defects in 1 in 10 pregnant women with confirmed Zika

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Birth defects were reported in 10% of the 250 completed pregnancies with laboratory-confirmed Zika virus infection reported to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry in 2016, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s more than 30 times higher than... read more

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

NIH Zika vaccine candidate advances to larger human trial

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An experimental DNA vaccine to protect against disease caused by Zika infection has advanced to a larger study in humans, which will further evaluate the vaccine’s safety and immune response as well as optimal dosing, the National Institutes of Health announced today. Initial findings from an ongoing... read more

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

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

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