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Colombia: 3,177 pregnant women with Zika; no microcephaly

By Associated Press  |  February 07, 2016

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday that there's no evidence Zika has caused any cases of the birth defect known as microcephaly in his country, though it has diagnosed 3,177 pregnant women with the virus.

 Q&A: '2016 will be the year of change from the inside out,' IHI chief says

Q&A: '2016 will be the year of change from the inside out,' IHI chief says

By Sabriya Rice  |  February 06, 2016

Derek Feeley, the former head of the National Health Service in Scotland, replaced Maureen Bisognano this year as CEO of Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He recently spoke with Modern Healthcare about the changes in healthcare and their impact on the organization.

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

Ascension seeks productivity elixir from its joint venture in Cayman Islands

By Merrill Goozner  |  February 06, 2016

Ascension is looking to its Caribbean joint venture with India's Narayana Health to provide a model for enhancing hospital productivity. But bringing the model home would require major changes in physician and nurse behavior, an overhaul in surgical and postoperative care, and regulatory reforms.

In Brazil, pregnant women urged to be cautious with a kiss

By Associated Press  |  February 06, 2016

In a sign of mounting global concern over the Zika virus, health officials on Friday warned pregnant women to think twice about the lips they kiss and called on men to use condoms with pregnant partners if they have visited countries where the virus is present.

Brazilian official confirms Zika spread via transfusion

By Associated Press  |  February 04, 2016

Two people in southeastern Brazil contracted the Zika virus through blood transfusions, a municipal health official said Thursday, presenting a fresh challenge to efforts to contain the virus on top of the disclosure of a case of sexual transmission in the United States.

Zika response is fueled by Ebola lessons (and some may be wrong)

Zika response is fueled by Ebola lessons (and some may be wrong)

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 03, 2016

The global effort to halt the spread of the Zika virus is intensifying as more than a million people in Brazil alone have become infected. The scrutiny of the response could divert resources from work with broader impact in the fight against the spread of infectious diseases.

Data Points for Feb. 1, 2016

Data Points for Feb. 1, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 30, 2016

Data Points for the week of Feb. 1, 2016, covered the following topics: Zika virus and vector-borne diseases.

Abbott's stock tumbles as outlook weighed by Venezuela

By Associated Press  |  January 28, 2016

Abbott Laboratories' stock tumbled Thursday after the maker of infant formula, medical devices and drugs gave a disappointing earnings forecast, citing weakness in its Venezuelan business.

Making checklists work: South Carolina's statewide experiment

Making checklists work: South Carolina's statewide experiment

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 23, 2016

South Carolina has become a laboratory to test a more focused approach to surgical checklists. It's a partnership with checklist champion Dr. Atul Gawande and Harvard. Leaders of the project estimate that it could save 500 patient lives a year by averting medical mistakes.

Health officials probe tie between Zika, paralyzing syndrome

By Associated Press  |  January 23, 2016

Two Latin American countries are investigating whether outbreaks of the mosquito-borne Zika virus are behind a rise in a rare and sometimes life-threatening nerve condition that can cause paralysis and leave victims on life-support.

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