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CDC Guidelines on Preventing Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus Issued

After 3 reported cases of possible sexual transmission of Zika virus, the CDC has released interim guidelines to prevent sexual transmission.

CDC Updates Interim Zika Virus Guidelines for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age

Serologic testing for Zika virus has been recommended in asymptomatic pregnant women, who have traveled to, or reside in, areas of ongoing transmission.

Daklinza Use Expanded to Cover Treatment in More HCV Patients

Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Daklinza (daclatasvir) for use in combination with sofosbuvir with or without ribavirin for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C genotypes 1 and 3.

Researchers Call for an Alternative Tdap Immunization Strategy for Adolescents

The Tdap booster vaccine provided moderate protection against whooping cough during the first year post-vaccination but its efficacy decreased to <9% just 4 years post-vaccination among teenagers who received a newer form of the acellular pertussis vaccine as infants and children.

FDA Announces Large Action Plan in Effort to Reverse the Opioid Epidemic

The FDA has announced a new action plan designed to reassess their approach to opioid medications.

Here's Why the Carolinas and Denver May See an Increase in Flu Deaths

A rise in flu deaths has been found to occur around the time of the Super Bowl, with the risk of death increasing in the cities of competing teams.

Patients with Macular Degeneration May Benefit from High-Dose Statins

Patients experienced disappearance of drusen under the retina, slight improvement in vision clarity

Novel Sunscreen May Protect Skin, Without Inhibiting the Sun's Vit D

A novel sunscreen, Solar D, has been designed which can maximize vitamin D production while maintaining its sun protection effect for reducing erythema risk, according to a study published online in PLOS ONE.

Nerve Stimulation Used in Thyroid Sx Can Lead to Cardiac Complications

Stimulation of the vagus nerve as part of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) during thyroid surgery can result in severe cardiac complications, according to a case report published online in Head & Neck.

Comorbidities Pre-ICU Admission, Strong Predictors of Hospital Resource Use

Intensive care unit (ICU) patients surviving to hospital discharge have higher 5 year mortality and hospital resource use than hospital controls,