A summary of important health news from the past week.
HIV therapy for breastfeeding mothers can virtually eliminate transmission to babies
A press release by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) describe results of a large scale clinical trial conducted in Sub-Saharan Africa and India showing that a three-drug antiretroviral regimen along with infant nevirapine will effectively eliminate risk of transmission of HIV through breastfeeding. These findings further support the need to provide antiretroviral therapies to all infected persons and addresses concerns over infected mothers living in resource poor areas with little to no access to other means of feeding their infants.
1st Woman-to-Man Sexual Zika Transmission Reported
The July 15th Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a woman in New York City transmitted the Zika virus to her boyfriend upon returning from a trip to a Zika-endemic area.
Congress Approves Bill To Address Addiction As A Health Problem
A bill has passed both the House and Senate that is designed to address opioid and other addictions as a health concern, including policies to encourage prescription drug monitoring programs and allows the use of medication to treat drug addiction. However, there are concerns about funding the bill's provision.
Vaccines Are Not Just For Kids
The California Medical Association Foundation has released public service announcements to encourage adults to update their vaccines. Many vaccines wear off with time and, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), adults can get some vaccines for free, including flu, tetanus, measles, hepatitis A and B, and meningococcal disease.
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