December 5, 2018

Around the nation: Cases of polio-like illness may have peaked, CDC says

Daily Briefing

    The number of cases of acute flaccid myelitis—a polio-like illness—are starting to decline, according to CDC, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Georgia, Iowa, and Maryland.

    • Georgia: The number of cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)—a polio-like illness—are expected to decline for the remainder of 2018, according to CDC. A total of 134 cases of AFM have been confirmed in 33 states so far this year, with most of those cases occurring in September and October (Sun, Washington Post, 12/3).

    • Iowa: Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge has named Leah Glasgo as president and CEO, effective Jan. 28, 2019. Glasgo currently is the COO of St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City and has served as president and CEO of Stewart Memorial Community Hospital in Lake City (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/3).

    • Maryland: FDA has chosen eight medical device companies to participate in its Opioid Innovation Challenge, which aims to expedite the development of devices and therapies to treat opioid misuse disorder. The companies now will begin a 90-day collaboration with FDA to help determine the best regulatory pathways for the new devices and therapies. The selected companies also will receive expedited review for their treatments once they submit formal applications to FDA (Truong, MedCity News, 12/3).

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