Low risk of Ebola virus disease in the WHO European Region
No country, regardless of how far or remote from the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, can be considered 100% free of the risk of importation of a potential Ebola virus disease case. However, WHO's current assessment finds the overall risk in the European Region to be low.
Many countries in the European Region have undertaken additional preparedness actions, and following them diligently is important. Intensified operational readiness and preparedness activities... read more
FDA approves new device to improve symptoms in patients with advanced heart failure
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Barostim Neo System for the improvement of symptoms in patients with advanced heart failure who are not suited for treatment with other heart failure devices, such as cardiac resynchronization therapy. The FDA gave the device a Breakthrough Device designation because it treats a life-threatening disease, heart failure,... read more
Ebola Spread to New Congo Area Shows Flawed Response - Aid Workers
Ebola's spread to a new part of Democratic Republic of Congo is a disturbing sign that health workers are failing to keep track of high-risk people on the move, aid agencies said on Friday.
A woman and her child were confirmed to be the first two Ebola cases in Congo's South Kivu province,... read more
Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and IQ in Kids: Is There a Link?
Pregnant women's fluoride intake was associated with a reduction in their children's IQ at ages 3 to 5 years, in an observational study published online in JAMA Pediatrics.
Researchers found that each additional 1 mg/L of maternal urinary fluoride was associated with 4.49 fewer IQ points in boys... read more
First device to treat children with progressive idiopathic scoliosis
The Tether – Vertebral Body Tethering System, the first spinal tether device to treat pediatric patients with progressive idiopathic scoliosis has been approved by the US FDA. The device can be used to correct idiopathic scoliosis that has not responded to conservative treatment options, such as external bracing. It is intended to treat growing children and adolescents whose spinal curves are approaching... read more