Study reveals elevated cancer risk in Holocaust survivors

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A new study indicates that survivors of the Holocaust have experienced a small but consistent increase in the risk of developing cancer. The findings, published in the journal Cancer, offer an example of how extreme population-level tragedies can have an impact on health. Holocaust survivors were exposed to a variety of factors that have been linked with cancer. So researchers set out to investigate whether the starvation, overcrowding, infectious diseases, and psychological stress that survivors endured might have contributed to the development of cancer in some individuals. [Read Article]

FDA provides tool for evaluating Zika tests

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made available a panel of human plasma samples that can be used to evaluate serological tests for detecting Zika virus infection. The panel consists of plasma samples from anonymous individuals infected with Zika, West Nile, or dengue viruses. Diagnostic developers can use the panel to assess whether their tests can help distinguish recent Zika virus infection from infection with West Nile or dengue. [Read Article]

Nurse education boosts proper use of VTE prophylaxis

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Online education programs for nurses can improve the administration of prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism (VTE), a new study suggests. The research was spurred by a documented need to boost the administration of prescribed VTE prophylaxis in hospitalized patients. Data had shown that patients’ refusal of VTE prophylaxis frequently resulted in nurses not administering the prescribed therapy. The new research indicates that online education modules helped nurses communicate to patients the need for VTE prophylaxis and therefore improved rates of use. [Read Article]