WASHINGTON DC (May 24, 2019) — Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared for marketing two tests that can detect the presence of the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which cause the sexually-transmitted infections, respectively, chlamydia and gonorrhea, through diagnostic testing of extragenital specimens.

WASHINGTON DC (May 24, 2019) — Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized marketing of a diagnostic test to detect Zika virus immunoglobulin (IgM) antibodies in human blood.

WASHINGTON DC (May 24, 2019) — Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permitted marketing of the Synovasure Lateral Flow Test Kit as an aid for the detection of periprosthetic joint-infection (infection around a joint replacement) in the synovial (lubricant) fluid of patients being evaluated for revision surgery, which is surgery performed to replace or compensate for a failed implant.

 

DAVENPORT, IOWA (May 16, 2019) — Vera French Community Mental Health Center is pleased to invite the community to a grand-opening, rededication, and open-house for the Carol Center featuring the all-new Peer Support and Drop-In Center on Thursday, May 23, beginning at 10AM with a ribbon-cutting followed by an open-house, building-tours, and light-refreshments.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (May 8, 2019) — Gilda’s Club is hosting a free workshop for anyone impacted by cancer titled “Cancer Pain Management” on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 6–7PM at Gilda’s Club (1234 East River Drive, Davenport, Iowa).

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS (May 7, 2019) — A critical bill for Illinois patients will be heard May 8 by the Senate Insurance Committee in Springfield. Led by chief sponsor Senator Laura Fine (D-Glenview), HB2174 requires that health insurers offer co-pay only options for prescription drugs, reducing the up-front burden of deductibles and helping patients be able to better plan and budget for their health-care expenses.

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS (May 7, 2019) — In an effort to address an Illinois child-welfare system plagued with tragedy, state legislators have teamed up to form the DCFS [Department of Child and Family Services] Child Welfare Reform Caucus and proposed an initial set of reforms through legislation to be considered this week.
 

As of May 3, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ministry of Health reported 1,510 cases of Ebola and 1,008 deaths to date in the country's current outbreak. Partial blame for the government's inability to contain the outbreak goes to armed attackers who believe that international health-workers are there to intentionally spread the disease, not treat it.

BETTENDORF, IOWA (May 3, 2019) — United Way of the Quad Cities is proud to partner once again with the National Association of Letter Carriers as part of the nation’s largest, one-day Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. This unique partnership is set to gather non-perishable food-donations for the local River Bend Foodbank during the 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

IOWA CITY, IOWA (May 2, 2019) — Every nurse who walks across the stage on May 5 has a story to tell. In honor of Nurses Week 2019, we hope you’ll join us to celebrate this year’s 100 Great Iowa Nurses. The ceremony will be held at 3PM, Sunday, May 5, at the Iowa Events Center Grand Ballroom in Des Moines.

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