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FDA advises testing of all donated blood, blood components for Zika

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 26 recommended testing of all donated blood and blood components for the Zika virus in the US and its territories. Because of much uncertainty about the nature and extent of Zika virus transmission, testing the entire blood supply will help…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2016
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AHA and CDC update hospitals on Zika

Editor's Note The American Hospital Association (AHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 11 hosted a call for healthcare leaders on the latest Zika virus developments and how to protect patients and caregivers, the August 11 AHA News Now reports. CDC officials said they will soon…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 12, 2016
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FDA advises Florida blood banks to cease blood collection

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 27 requested that all blood establishments in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties cease collecting blood immediately until they implement testing of each unit of blood with an investigational donor screening test for Zika virus RNA or the use of an approved…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 1, 2016
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Johns Hopkins students design improved Ebola protection suit

Editor's Note Johns Hopkins University engineering students have designed an Ebola protection suit with a more comfortable hood and face mask that makes breathing easier, and it has a battery-powered system that lowers humidity in the suit. The University and DuPont have signed license and collaboration agreements allowing DuPont to…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 24, 2016
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CDC, OSHA issue Zika guidance for healthcare workers

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on April 22 issued interim guidance for protecting workers, including healthcare workers, from occupational exposure to the Zika virus. The guidance states that: “Employers and workers in healthcare settings and laboratories should follow…

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By: Judy Mathias
April 25, 2016
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CDC reports top public health issues

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 1 updated its Prevention Status Reports, which rank the biggest public health issues in the US. Among the 10 most important health problems are: healthcare-associated infections heart disease and stroke nutrition, physical activity, and obesity HIV. The Prevention Status…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 7, 2016
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FDA issues tissue, cell donation recommendations to reduce Zika virus risk

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 1 released new guidelines to prevent the transmission of the Zika virus from human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products. The guidance addresses both living and deceased donations of corneas, bone, skin, heart valves, hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells, gestational tissues…

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By: Judy Mathias
March 3, 2016
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FDA issues blood donation recommendations for Zika virus

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration on February 16 issued a new guidance recommending the deferral of individuals from donating blood if they have: been to areas with active Zika virus transmission potentially been exposed to the virus had a confirmed Zika virus infection. The FDA is issuing these…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 17, 2016
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Johns Hopkins approved for first HIV-positive organ transplants

Editor's Note Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, is the first and only center in the US to be approved by the United Network for Organ Sharing to perform HIV-positive to HIV-positive organ transplants. The hospital will be the first in the nation to do an HIV-positive to HIV-positive kidney transplant and…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 9, 2016
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Surgical patients at Denver hospital possibly exposed to HIV, hepatitis

Editor's Note Denver's Swedish Medical Center is asking some 2,900 surgical patients to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C after finding that an OR employee may have stolen narcotics, the February 3 Denver Post reports. Surgical technologist, 28-year-old Rocky Allen worked in the OR from August 17,…

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By: Judy Mathias
February 8, 2016
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