Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Screening blood donations for Zika virus is costly, low yield

(HealthDay)—Screening blood donations for Zika virus (ZIKV) in the United States is costly with low yield, according to a study published in the May 10 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Usutu virus is back – not only in blackbirds but also in humans

Usutu virus, a flavivirus of African origin, was first detected in Austria in 2001, when it caused a severe bird die-off, mainly of blackbirds. The virus was active in the eastern part of Austria until 2005, killing many ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

First test to detect Zika in blood donations approved

(HealthDay)—The cobas Zika test has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration—the first approved screening test to detect the Zika virus in blood donations.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Hereditary hemochromatosis patients can safely donate blood

(HealthDay)—There is no evidence to support excluding patients with hereditary hemochromatosis (HH) from serving as blood donors, according to a review published online Sept. 13 in Hepatology.

Psychology & Psychiatry

A new way out of the cycle of rejection

Have you ever hosted a party, but as the day approaches, your closest friends say they won't be able to attend? Or maybe you sent a friend request to someone on Facebook who never responded, or weren't invited to an event ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

U.S. blood supply safe from Zika virus, officials say

(HealthDay)—U.S. blood banks are confident they have the tools to protect America's blood supply from possible new Zika virus outbreaks during the upcoming mosquito season.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

CDC: Puerto Rico may see hundreds of Zika birth defects

Dozens or hundreds of babies in Puerto Rico could develop severe birth defects because of Zika, based on how an outbreak is playing out there, a top U.S. health official said Friday.

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