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E. Coli O103 Outbreak Investigation in Five States

The CDC, several states, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services, and the U.S. FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli (E.Coli) O103 infections. There is not yet an identification of a...

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Cerner Endorses Adoption of Normative FHIR R4 Standard

Kansas-based EHR vendor Cerner proudly takes the industry lead in adopting HL7's latest rollout - FHIR Release 4, the normative interoperability standard. The vendor embraced FHIR R4 only 3 months after it was published. “It’s incredibly important that major vendors...

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FDA Approves Two New Oral Drugs to Treat Multiple Sclerosis

Mayzent (siponimod) The FDA approved Mayzent (siponimod) tablets to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease, and active secondary progressive disease. Mayzent was shown to be...

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First Treatment for Post-partum Depression FDA Approved

Tuesday, March 19, the FDA approved Zulresso (brexanolone) injection for intravenous (IV) use to treat post-partum depression (PPD) in adult women. No other drug before now has been approved to specifically treat PPD. Zulresso will be available through Risk Evaluation...

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FDA Approves a New Generic Valsartan to Mitigate Shortages

As of March 12, 2019 the U.S. FDA approved a new generic of Diovan (valsartan) for high blood pressure and heart failure to relieve the shortage from multiple recalls of generic valsartan products from several manufacturers. The approval of the new generic of Diovan...

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Increase in Measles 2018 -Feb 2019

Measles, also known as rubeola or “first disease”, is a highly contagious viral infection caused by paramyxovirus, causing a prodrome of fever, cough, coryza, and conjunctivitis followed by eruption of maculopapular rash. The CDC states 2 main reasons for the increase...

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CDC Report Confirms HIV Prevention has Stalled

CDC published a report today that provides the most recent data on HIV trends in America from 2010 to 2016. The results show a stagnation in the decline of HIV infections, with numbers of HIV Infections leveling off at about 39,000. When taking a deeper dive into the...

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Washington Public Officials Investigate Measles Outbreak

Public Officials in Clark County, Washington are investigating a measles outbreak after reports of 34 confirmed cases and nine suspected cases since the first of January. Of the 34 cases, thirty-two have been confirmed to be unimmunized, while four remain unverified....

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