HRSA awards $7 million to support Zika care in territories

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today awarded $6 million to help repay student loans for 104 clinicians committed to serving three years in high-need communities affected by the Zika virus in Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the... read more

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

HHS awards grants to prevent opioid misuse among women, girls

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health yesterday awarded 16 organizations about $100,000 each to help prevent opioid misuse by women and girls in underserved communities. “These awards will build partnerships among community-based organizations that consider the unique needs... read more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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