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- Study: Death, Disability Risk Higher with Lower Oxygen Targets. Pooled results from two studies found oxygen saturation targets of 85% to 89%, compared with 91% to 95%, may increase death and disability risks at 2 years (corrected age) in infants born before age 28 weeks, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. Data also showed an increase in necrotizing enterocolitis among patients in the low oxygen saturation target group.
- Zika Virus a Global Health Emergency, WHO Says. Although Zika virus infections in pregnant women haven’t been scientifically connected to birth defects in infants, anecdotal evidence was enough to prompt the World Health Organization to declare the virus and the birth defects associated with Zika a public health emergency.
- Expectant Women Need Zika Testing After Visiting Affected Areas, CDC Says. Pregnant women returning from regions where the Zika virus is circulating should be tested for the virus, regardless of whether they are symptomatic, the CDC said in revised guidance. Testing should occur 2 to 12 weeks after travel.