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Promoting health through the life course

Binge drinking prior pregnancy ups diabetes risk in kids later

A study finds that binge drinking before conceiving may lead to high blood sugar in kids, increasing the risk of developing diabetes in their adulthood. The researchers concluded the use of alcohol during pregnancy is well-known and includes possible birth defects and behavioural problems. The impact of binge drinking prior to pregnancy may have an effect too

April 3, 2017
Indian Express

Zika caused twenty-fold spike in birth defects -US study

U.S. researchers said that rates of microcephaly and other birth defects were 20 times higher in pregnancies affected by Zika, than in the years before the virus arrived in the Americas

March 2, 2017
March 3, 2017
March 4, 2017
The Atlantic
March 3, 2017
ABC news

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Zika affects 5 percent of babies with confirmed infections: CDC

The first report on how the Zika virus affected US territories showed that 5 percent of women with confirmed infections had babies with birth defects, US health officials said. The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the first to include official numbers from the territory of Puerto Rico, which on Monday declared that its Zika epidemic had ended, based on data showing the number of new cases has fallen. The CDC reiterated its recommendation that pregnant women not travel to Puerto Rico, noting that Zika remains a risk for pregnant women there and anywhere else the mosquito-borne virus is active

June 8, 2017
June 9, 2017
Huffington Post

STAT: Personal conflict may be at the root of Puerto Rico's Zika reporting problem

The media obtained a document indicating that Puerto Rico may be intentionally under reporting Zika cases. The issue stems from a personal dispute between Miguel Valencia MD, the Puerto Rican official in charge of the territory’s tracking programme, and the CDC Director of the Vector-Borne Diseases Lyle Petersen MD, according to the report. Dr Valencia has instructed staff to use his criteria, which is narrower than that of the CDC, in identifying and recording Zika-related birth defects

May 1, 2017
Beckers Hospital Review, Stat News

Non communicable diseases

Trump Wants to Slash Funding for Birth Defect Research as States Brace for Zika Season

The Trump administration wants to slash the Centers for Disease Control budget by 17%, including cutting programmes such as the National Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities, an initiative which is essential for zika research. With the funds initially earmarked to deal with the zika crisis now nearly all spent, such cuts would stymie the ability of state and local authorities to prepare for inevitable new infections or provide services to those affected by them

May 24, 2017

Communicable diseases

Clues to Zika Damage Might Lie in Cases of Twins

While identical twins often share a fate, fraternal twins typically don’t, a divergence that offers clues to researchers. With one sibling affected by microcephaly because his mother was bitten by a Zika infested mosquito during pregnancy and the other apparently spared, doctors are hoping that these nine sets of twins identified in Brazil’s Zika crisis may shed some light on how the virus works generally and why it inflicts ruthless damage on some babies and not others.

May 1, 2017
New York Times

‘They’re just hiding’: Experts say Puerto Rico may be underreporting Zika-affected births

The number of babies born in Puerto Rico with microcephaly and other birth defects caused by the Zika virus appears to be unexpectedly low, so much so that experts are questioning whether the count is being significantly underreported by authorities on the island. To date, Puerto Rico has reported only 16 cases of congenital defects associated with Zika, even though more than 3,300 pregnant women are known to have contracted the virus and several times that number are believed to have been infected

April 18, 2017
Statnews, Lancaster Online