This week many of the shared updates focused on the presently ongoing, large outbreak of the Zika virus. Let’s have a look at the top news that were shared on the Among Doctors network:
- Zika virus: all the updates
All the latest evidence on DynaMed Plus, a map of the outbreak and the European Medicines Agency to provide support to global response on the emerging epidemic of the Zika virus.
- WHO joins the world in marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation
More than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of Female Genital Mutilation in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the harmful practice is most concentrated.
- Recommendations for screening for depression in adults
Although major depressive disorder is one of the world’s great public health problems, the morbidity and increased mortality associated with this common illness can be attenuated by the large number of effective treatments that are now widely available. It is therefore important to ensure that efficient methods for population screening are in place and directly linked to health care systems so depressed patients receive appropriate treatment.
- Antidepressants associated with decreased fertility
Antidepressant use during a given menstrual cycle was associated with decreased fecundability during that cycle, study says. History of anxiety or depression was not independently associated with decreased fertility.
- Improving antibiotic prescribing for uncomplicated acute respiratory tract infections
The best evidence supports the use of specific education interventions for patients/parents and clinicians, procalcitonin testing in adults, and electronic decision support to reduce overall antibiotic prescribing (and in some cases, improve appropriate prescribing) without causing adverse consequences, although the reduction in prescribing varied widely.
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