As proclaimed by Governor McAuliffe, Fire and EMS Memorial Week is June 4-10, 2017. This event, in conjunction with the Annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters and EMS Memorial Service, honors fire and EMS providers who died in the line of duty. It also recognizes those who risk their lives daily to serve and protect the citizens of the Commonwealth. Read the Governor’s proclamation. Learn more about the Annual Virginia Fallen Firefighters and EMS Memorial Service, which will be held June 3 at 12 p.m. at the Richmond International Raceway’s Main Exhibition Hall.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety communication warning about the use of Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare® analyzers (LeadCare, LeadCare II, LeadCare Ultra and LeadCare Plus) with venous blood samples because they might result in falsely low test results. Learn more
Anisakiasis is most commonly found in areas where eating raw fish is popular, such as Japan. However, since eating undercooked fish is becoming more common, there have been cases seen in the United States, Europe, South America, and other areas of the world. Anyone who eats undercooked or raw fish or squid is at risk. Read more about anisakiasis.
Powassan (POW) virus disease is a rare, but often serious disease that is caused by a virus spread by infected ticks. Approximately 75 cases of POW virus disease were reported in the United States over the past 10 years. POW virus is one of a group of arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) that can cause inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). Learn more
According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “yo-yo dieting” — where people lose weight and gain it back again — doubles the risk of a heart attack, stroke or death in people who already have significant heart disease. Learn more
According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, vaccinating mothers against pertussis, or whooping cough, is highly protective for the infants during the first months of life, and continued to offer additional protection even after the childhood vaccine schedule began. Learn more
Rates of new diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes are increasing among youth in the United States, according to a report published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, entitled “Incidence Trends of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes among Youths, 2002-2012.”
In the United States, 29.1 million people are living with diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes, and about 208,000 people younger than 20 years are living with diagnosed diabetes. This study is the first ever to estimate trends in new diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in youth (those under the age of 20), from the five major racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.: non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, Hispanics, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans. Learn more
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers to Meridian Medical Technologies’ voluntary recall of 13 lots of Mylan’s EpiPen and EpiPen Jr (epinephrine injection) Auto-Injector products used for emergency treatment of severe allergic reactions. This recall is due to the potential that these devices may contain a defective part that may result in the devices’ failure to activate. The recalled product was manufactured by Meridian Medical Technologies and distributed by Mylan Specialty. Learn more.
The opioid epidemic weighed heavily on the 400-plus attendees at a statewide conference on population health, which kicked off Wednesday afternoon at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel.
The annual conference, now in its third year, brings together health care providers, social workers and nonprofit organizations to share information on controlling health care problems on a large scale.
This year, organizers said they’re giving extra attention to the opioid epidemic, which claimed almost 1,100 lives in Virginia in 2016, according to projected numbers from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia. Opioid overdoses now outpace traffic accidents as a cause of death in Virginia.
The LIFEPAK 1000 Defibrillator has been recalled due to an electrical issue, which may cause the device to shut down unexpectedly. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall. Use of these devices may cause serious injuries or death. Learn more about this recall.
- The LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator
- Affected Product Part Numbers: 320371500XX
- Serial Numbers: There are 133,330 affected serial numbers. Search Affected Devices
- Distribution Dates: June 30, 2006 to December 23, 2016
- Manufacturing Dates: June 30, 2006 to December 20, 2016
- Devices Recalled in the U.S.: 50,046 nationwide