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CDC's Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) has developed partnerships with national clinician organizations to facilitate communication regarding disease outbreaks and terrorism events. CDC communicates with its clinician partners via monthly conference calls and weekly e-mail updates.
Healthcare professionals (HCPs) play a critical role in protecting older adults (age 65 years and older) against influenza (flu). Despite concerted efforts to promote annual influenza vaccination in older adults, persistent knowledge gaps exist regarding the burden of disease and the risk of flu and related complications for this vulnerable population. According to recent research, the phenomenon known as immunosenescence leaves older adults less responsive to standard influenza vaccines. HCPs play a critical role in strongly recommending and ensuring flu vaccination for older adults. During this COCA Call, presenters will share easy-to-use education materials available to support HCPs in discussing flu prevention with older adult patients.
Posted on September 28, 2017 | 1:00 pm
The Texas Department of State Health Services, with assistance from CDC, is investigating Brucella RB51 exposures and illnesses that may be connected to the purchase and consumption of raw (unpasteurized) milk from K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas. Symptoms of brucellosis can include: fever, sweats, malaise, anorexia, headache, fatigue, muscle & joint pain, and potentially more serious complications (e.g., swelling of heart, liver, or spleen, neurologic symptoms).
Posted on September 13, 2017 | 12:30 pm
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that can cause sudden illness and death if present in sufficient concentration in the ambient air. During a significant power outage, persons using alternative fuel or power sources such as generators or gasoline powered engine tools such as pressure washers might be exposed to toxic CO levels if the fuel or power sources are placed inside or too close to the exterior of the building causing CO to build up in the structure. The purpose of this HAN advisory is to remind clinicians evaluating persons affected by the storm to maintain a high index of suspicion for CO poisoning.
Posted on September 9, 2017 | 9:30 pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State and Local Health Departments, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating an increase in reported cases of cyclosporiasis. The purpose of this HAN Advisory is to notify public health departments and healthcare facilities and to provide guidance to healthcare providers of the increase in reported cases. Please disseminate this information to healthcare providers in hospitals and emergency rooms, to primary care providers, and to microbiology laboratories. Healthcare providers should consider a diagnosis of cyclosporiasis in patients with prolonged or remitting-relapsing diarrheal illness. Testing for Cyclospora is not routinely done in most U.S. laboratories, even when stool is tested for parasites. Healthcare providers must specifically order testing for Cyclospora, whether testing is requested by ova and parasite (O&P) examination, by molecular methods, or by a gastrointestinal pathogen panel test. Cyclosporiasis is a nationally notifiable disease; healthcare providers should report suspect and confirmed cases of infection to public health authorities.
Posted on August 7, 2017 | 2:00 pm
CDC has updated its interim guidance for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus to include separate recommendations for pregnant women with symptoms and pregnant women without symptoms. In addition, CDC recently released its latest findings from the Zika pregnancy and infant registries on pregnancy outcomes for pregnant women with Zika virus infection in the U.S. territories and has new updates for healthcare providers on pediatric ophthalmologic findings in infants with possible congenital Zika virus exposure. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn about the recent updates to CDC’s interim guidance for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus; hear about the latest findings on pregnancy outcomes in the U.S. territories, based on the Zika pregnancy and infant registries; and receive new information on pediatric ophthalmologic findings to assist in caring for patients based on currently available data.
Posted on July 24, 2017 | 11:00 am
Posted on July 11, 2017 | 11:00 am
Eculizumab (Soliris®) recipients have a 1,000 to 2,000-fold greater risk of invasive meningococcal disease compared to the general U.S. population. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prescribing information for eculizumab includes a black box warning for increased risk of meningococcal disease, and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends meningococcal vaccination for all patients receiving eculizumab. Recent data show that some patients receiving eculizumab who were vaccinated with the recommended meningococcal vaccines still developed meningococcal disease, most often from nongroupable Neisseria meningitidis, which rarely causes invasive disease in healthy individuals.
Posted on July 7, 2017 | 11:00 am
Posted on June 7, 2017 | 11:00 am
On May 17, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication warning about the use of Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare® analyzers with venous blood samples because they might result in falsely low test results. FDA is now advising that Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare® analyzers should no longer be used with venous blood samples. The safety alert does not apply to capillary blood lead test results collected by fingerstick of heelstick. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn the importance of lead testing for children and pregnant or lactating women, which patients may be impacted, and CDC’s recommendations for re-testing.
Posted on May 24, 2017 | 11:00 am
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication warning about the use of Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare® analyzers (LeadCare, LeadCare II, LeadCare Ultra and LeadCare Plus) with venous blood samples because they might result in falsely low test results. FDA is now advising that Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare® analyzers should no longer be used with venous blood samples. The safety alert does not apply to capillary blood lead test results collected by fingerstick or heelstick. The purpose of this Health Advisory is to notify state and local health departments, healthcare providers, and laboratories about CDC’s re-testing guidance in light of the safety alert.
Posted on May 17, 2017 | 9:00 am
In July 2016, CDC issued Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure – United States, July 2016 (https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6529e1.htm) that includes Zika virus immunoglobulin M (IgM) testing of pregnant women. However, some flavivirus infections can result in prolonged IgM responses (>12 weeks) that make it difficult to determine the timing of infection, especially in testing of asymptomatic people. Emerging epidemiologic and laboratory data indicate that Zika virus IgM can persist beyond 12 weeks in a subset of infected people. Therefore, detection of IgM may not always indicate a recent infection. Although IgM persistence could affect IgM test interpretation for all infected people, it would have the greatest effect on clinical management of pregnant women with a history of living in or traveling to areas with Zika virus transmission. Pregnant women who test positive for IgM antibody may have been infected with Zika virus and developed an IgM response before conception.
Posted on May 5, 2017 | 11:30 am
This Health Advisory describes the identification of emerging Shigella strains with elevated minimum inhibitory concentration values for ciprofloxacin and outlines new recommendations for clinical diagnosis, management, and reporting, as well as new recommendations for laboratories and public health officials. Current interpretive criteria provided by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) categorize these strains as susceptible to ciprofloxacin, which is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic and a key agent in the management of Shigella infections.
Posted on April 18, 2017 | 4:00 pm
SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health provides the latest estimates on substance use and mental health.
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Posted on October 12, 2017 | 4:25 am
Every September, as a part of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA celebrates people who have achieved long-term recovery from mental and substance use disorders and those who provide treatment and recovery services.
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Posted on October 11, 2017 | 1:00 pm
Dr. McCance-Katz is the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use. This position was created under the 21st Century Cures Act and will support behavioral health priorities including the opioid epidemic.
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Posted on August 28, 2017 | 12:15 pm
SAMHSA seeks to integrate and enhance trauma-informed approaches in behavioral healthcare.
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Posted on August 11, 2017 | 3:30 am
SAMHSA launched a redesigned NREPP Learning Center to support the use of research to improve behavioral health.
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Posted on August 7, 2017 | 6:30 am
SAMHSA is working with the VA and DoD to enhance informed prescribing practices and prevent misuse with veterans and military service members that can result in overdose or death.
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Posted on June 12, 2017 | 5:00 am
This week individuals, communities, and organizations focused on "making each day count" - this year's theme for Prevention Week.
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Posted on May 22, 2017 | 12:00 pm
Series highlights efforts underway to stimulate collaborations that address trauma.
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Posted on May 16, 2017 | 12:00 pm
The Olympians shared how they would isolate during periods of depression and what helped them recover.
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Posted on May 16, 2017 | 9:30 am
Five key self-care tips for health care professionals.
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Posted on May 3, 2017 | 11:00 am
Systems of Care adopts The Open Table model to work with faith-based community organizations.
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Posted on April 17, 2017 | 11:00 am