5 women with erroneous Zika test results from D.C. lab give birth | Former NBA player's legacy of tissue donation recognized | Canadian government awards $375,000 grant to Zika researchers in Alberta
March 22, 2017
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5 women with erroneous Zika test results from D.C. lab give birth
Five of nine pregnant women who were erroneously told by the D.C. Department of Forensic Sciences that they did not have the Zika virus have given birth and have been approached for monitoring of their children. The incorrect test results prompted the CDC to require retesting of over 400 individuals, including nearly 300 pregnant women.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/17) 
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Former NBA player's legacy of tissue donation recognized
Former Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerome Kersey was a registered tissue and organ donor when he died in 2015, and his gift helped eight children at a burn center in Texas and made four groundbreaking eye surgeries possible, according to Donate Life Northwest. The group honored Kersey on Tuesday at a Trail Blazers game.
KGW-TV (Portland, Ore.) (3/21) 
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Canadian government awards $375,000 grant to Zika researchers in Alberta
A University of Alberta research team has been awarded a grant of about $375,000 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study how the Zika virus changes cells and moves through fetal tissue. The team is one of three to receive government funding to combat the virus.
Global News Online (Toronto) (3/16) 
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CDC updates travel recommendations for pregnant women
The CDC updated Zika travel recommendations for pregnant women, advising them against travel to anywhere there is a risk of Zika virus infection. The CDC has an interactive World Map of Areas With Risk of Zika that provides location-specific information.
Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (3/10),  Medscape (free registration) (3/14) 
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Integra LifeSciences releases neurological tissue ablation system
The CUSA Clarity, an FDA-cleared and CE-marked ultrasonic ablation system designed for use in neurosurgical procedures, has been launched by Integra LifeSciences. The device features a tough tissue tip, continuous tissue contact and adaptive power delivery and provides a faster tissue ablation rate than the company's CUSA Excel+ system.
MedGadget (3/17) 
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Oxitec in talks with Texas county about mosquito control
Officials in Harris County, Texas, are discussing the possible use of genetically modified mosquitoes developed by Oxitec to reduce Zika, dengue and chikungunya virus transmission risks posed by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. FDA approval would be needed for the trial.
Tech Times (3/21) 
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Fla. medical center uses data to fight Zika
Borinquen Health Care Center in Miami-Dade County, Fla., has been using athenahealth's electronic health record system to determine which patients may have a risk of being infected with the Zika virus. "When Miami's Wynwood neighborhood became the hot zone for Zika last year, athenahealth allowed us to implement a call campaign to all our patients that were at risk living in specific ZIP codes," said Borinquen's Dr. Diego Shmuels.
Health Data Management (3/15) 
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Report: Stem-cell injections result in permanent eye damage in 3 women
Three women who paid $5,000 each for stem-cell injections to treat macular degeneration suffered permanent eye damage, with one woman becoming completely blind, according to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine. The unproven treatment was undertaken at a private clinic in Florida, where technicians injected the women's eyes with stem cells extracted from their own belly fat.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (3/15) 
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