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Data Points for Aug. 29, 2016

Data Points for Aug. 29, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 27, 2016

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.

Zika outbreak puts focus on abortion access

Zika outbreak puts focus on abortion access

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 20, 2016

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.

CDC revises guidance for babies at risk for Zika

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 20, 2016

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.

Study finds FluMist effective, contrary to CDC findings

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 16, 2016

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.

Data Points for Aug. 8, 2016

Data Points for Aug. 8, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 06, 2016

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.

FDA approves test of genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida

By Associated Press  |  August 06, 2016

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.

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.

Editorial: Congress needs to stop dithering on Zika

Editorial: Congress needs to stop dithering on Zika

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 05, 2016

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.

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