Data Points for Sept. 19, 2016

Data Points for Sept. 19, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 17, 2016

Data Points for the week of Sept. 19, 2016, covered the following topics: The Zika virus, infections in the U.S. overall and of pregnant women.

CDC is out of money to battle Zika

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 10, 2016

Friday's warning from CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden came as lawmakers start to sort out a stopgap government funding bill that is being targeted to also carry long-delayed money to battle Zika, which is spreading more widely in the U.S. It can not only cause microcephaly—in which babies are...

Florida Zika cases may put added strain on safety net providers

Florida Zika cases may put added strain on safety net providers

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 06, 2016

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said evidence indicates mosquito-borne transmissions occurred within a few blocks in Miami. The CDC has warned people to avoid travel to the area.

Mutated superbug raises fear of 'end of the road for antibiotics'

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  May 28, 2016

Researchers have identified the first U.S. case of a pathogen carrying a mutated gene resistant to an antibiotic used as a last line of defense against superbugs, raising fears that a post-antibiotic era will arrive sooner than expected.

New CDC guidelines unlikely to change opioid Rx practices

New CDC guidelines unlikely to change opioid Rx practices

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 19, 2016

In long-awaited final guidelines for prescribing opioid medications, federal health officials mostly kept recommendations widely criticized as restricting access to pain-relieving drugs.

CDC to finalize opioid prescription guidelines

By Shannon Muchmore  |  January 02, 2016

The clock is ticking on new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to regulate opioid pain-medication prescriptions. The CDC has been receiving some harsh feedback on its strategy as the country faces a growing number of overdose deaths.

White House aims for 25% reduction in multidrug-resistant TB by 2020

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  December 23, 2015

The Obama administration unveiled a plan Tuesday to address the spread of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the U.S. and abroad by improving surveillance and developing new medications that provide better treatment options.

New Ebola cases rise again after dropping for several weeks

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  February 09, 2015

For the first time this year new cases of Ebola increased last week in all three affected West African countries hit hard by the outbreak. The setback comes after weeks of signs suggesting the outbreak was beginning to wane.