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The latest Ebola outbreak in Congo is not yet severe enough to be declared a global emergency

WHO: Congo Ebola Outbreak Not a Global Emergency

There have been 181 confirmed cases, including 104 deaths, so far in the outbreak
Many pregnant women are not getting recommended vaccinations

CDC: Many Pregnant Women Not Receiving Immunizations

Less than half who were pregnant during peak flu vaccination period in 2017 to 2018 were vaccinated
Limited evidence is available for over-the-counter treatments for nasal symptoms of the common cold

Limited Evidence for OTC Preps to Treat Nasal Symptoms of Colds

Nasal decongestants can be used for short periods for adults; their safety is unclear for children
Interoperability of health care information technology must be improved to facilitate creation of a fully integrated health care system that can improve health and health care at lower cost

Procurement Requirements Drive Interoperability in Health Care IT

Steps outlined for health systems to establish comprehensive, ongoing procurement strategies
A seven-day dose of metronidazole is associated with reduced likelihood of being Trichomonas vaginalis-positive at test of cure compared with single-dose treatment

Seven-Day Metronidazole Better for Trichomoniasis Tx in Women

Women in the seven-day-dose group less likely to be positive at test of cure versus single-dose group
For patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder

Long-Term Benzodiazepines Do Not Up Mortality in COPD, PTSD

No difference in mortality, but risk for suicide elevated with long-term benzodiazepine use
Two subanesthetic dosages of ketamine appear to provide significant symptom relief to patients with treatment-resistant depression

Dose Range of IV Ketamine for Adjunct Tx of Depression Tested

Single IV doses of 0.5 or 1.0 mg/kg better than active placebo at cutting depression symptoms
For patients with chronic sciatica

Gabapentin Beats Pregabalin for Chronic Sciatica

More frequent adverse events seen with pregabalin, especially when taken before gabapentin
For young adults receiving kidney replacement therapy

Well-Being of Young Adults on Kidney Replacement Tx Studied

Well-being and medication adherence negatively linked to psychological morbidity, dialysis

American Academy of Otolaryngology, Oct. 7-10

The 122nd American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting and OTO Experience The annual meeting of the American Academy of...