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New CDC test for dengue approved by FDA

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA — A diagnostic test designed to detect the presence of dengue virus in people with symptoms of dengue fever or dengue hemorrhagic fever has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

The test, called the CDC DENV-1-4 Real Time RT PCR Assay, has been authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States and can be performed using equipment and supplies many public health labs already use to diagnose influenza. The new test will help diagnose dengue within the first seven days after symptoms of the illness appear (which is when most people are likely to see a healthcare professional and the dengue virus is likely to be present in their blood). The test can identify all four dengue virus types. CDC officials said this marks the first FDA-approved molecular test for dengue that detects evidence of the virus itself.

"The need for the new dengue diagnostic test was high," said Jorge L. Munoz-Jordan, chief of the molecular diagnostics and research at the CDC dengue branch. "Patients will be diagnosed sooner than before, and public health laboratories will have a clearer picture of the true number of dengue cases. Dengue is now a reportable disease in the United States, and the availability of state-of-the-art dengue diagnostics will improve patient management and the public health response to dengue."


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Lansinoh appoints VP sales

BY Allison Cerra

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Scott Higgison has been appointed to serve as VP sales for Lansinoh, the company said.

As part of his new role, Higgison will handle all sales operations for Lansinoh portfolio of brands and products, including Lansinoh, Lansinoh mOmma, mOmma and Earth Friendly Baby. He also will serve as an integral leader in the launch of the new Lansinoh TheraPearl 3-in-1 Breast Therapy pack. He will report to Lansinoh CEO Kevin Vyse Peacock.

Prior to his new role, Higgison served as corporate adviser for Quix Products and held various roles at such companies as Combe and Playtex Products.

"The Lansinoh team could not be more thrilled to welcome Mr. Higgison," Lansinoh CEO Kevin Vyse Peacock said. "We are confident that his strong record of sales and marketing success, combined with an intricate understanding of our industry, will help us leverage our company’s objectives, growing portfolio and ongoing dedication and mission to meet our customers’ needs."


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Study says low to moderate drinking during pregnancy has no effect on children’s brain development

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NEW YORK — A new study conducted by Denmark researchers revealed that low to moderate alcohol consumption during the early stages of pregnancy may not be as dangerous as previously thought.

According to findings published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, researchers analyzed data from more than 1,600 women in the Danish National Birth Cohort. The amount of alcohol consumed by the women during their pregnancy was classified as either none, low (one to four drinks per week), moderate (five to eight drinks per week) or high (nine or more drinks per week). Binge drinking was defined as having five or more drinks on a single occasion. Children born to these women were assessed — IQ, attention span and thinking skills — at 5 years old. Overall, low to moderate weekly drinking during pregnancy, as well as binge drinking, had no significant effect on the children’s brain development, the team reported. The researchers did find, however, a link between high levels of drinking during pregnancy and lower attention spans in children at age 5.

Despite the findings, experts who reviewed the research said it shouldn’t change standard recommendations made by doctors.


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Htaylor1 says:
Sep-06-2012 10:27 pm

I find that during the pregnancy period, mothers should know better than to take care of their health. Though research and studies have shown that moderate drinking isn't significantly damaging to fetuses, it doesn't mean that mothers should go out and get themselves drunk. It still pays to take care of your body especially when your habits affect two lives. Henry Taylor - http://www.paternitycentre.co.uk/blogs/

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