A summary of important health news from the past week.
CDC Sounds Alarm on Travel to Asia as Zika Spreads There
This week the CDC expanded their Zika travel warnings to include 11 countries in Asia. These changes come as Thailand confirms two cases of Zika related microcephaly. The new countries added to the list are Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philipinnes, Thailand, East-Timor and Vietnam.
Most of the world breathes polluted air, WHO says
According to an air quality map released by the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly everyone is breathing polluted air. The map indicates that 92% of the world’s population lives in areas with outdoor air quality that fails to meet the WHO’s standards. Air pollution can have deadly consequences and can cause problems in the lungs, heart, and brain.
'Artificial pancreas' for type 1 diabetes wins FDA approval
Last Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved an artificial pancreas transplant. The pancreas, which would be around the same size of a cell phone, is for Type I diabetes. Those who suffer from Type I diabetes, do not produce enough insulin. The device will monitor and treat patients, and requires a prescription. The transplant is targeted for those 14 years-old or older.
Most Hospital Palliative Care Programs Are Understaffed
A recent study in Health Affairs shows that hospital palliative care programs, which assist patients with serious illness manage pain and make healthcare decisions, do not meet national recommendations for staffing. Only a quarter of 410 programs reviewed met recommended staffing needs, which includes a dedicated physician, a registered nurse, a social worker, and a chaplain.
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