Data Points for the week of Aug. 29, 2016, covered the following topics: Funding for disaster preparedness, hospital response plans in emergencies, delivering drugs in emergencies, and civilian medical volunteers.
Patient advocates and groups working to end violence say collecting the data again will help inform strategies that could help prevent violent deaths in California.
Some policymakers and anti-abortion activists have already rallied against easing or increasing access to abortion, and experts say the arrival of Zika in the U.S. during an election year makes it nearly impossible to have a conversation about abortion as a medical decision.
The CDC says providers should conduct testing for congenital Zika infection for infants whose mothers have tested positive for Zika, as well as for babies who show signs of congenital infection.
Health centers are often the “canary in the coal mine” for emerging public health challenges. And in their role as community responders they have become innovators.
The Centers Disease Control and Prevention issued revised clinical guidance regarding the care of babies born to mothers who were likely infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy in light of the rising number of locally-transmitted cases.
New evidence contradicts a federal panel's recommendations that found the nasal form of the influenza vaccine to be ineffective in fighting the virus. But the differing conclusions may have resulted from the way in which the data were collected.
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said she will divert federal funds to support efforts to develop a Zika vaccine.
Data Points for the week of Aug. 8, 2016, covered the following topics: Hospital-acquired conditions and deaths averted from HACs, number of hospital-acquired infections leading to deaths, percentage decline in hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions linked to HACs.
Federal authorities gave final approval Friday to a plan to release genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida, but none of the insects will be immediately dispatched in the state's fight against the spread of Zika.
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.
Don't hold your breath waiting for members of Congress to return to Washington to deal with the immediate public health threat posed by the Zika virus. That would require putting the public interest over politics, an approach gone missing in action during this poisonous election year.