A cohort of international health organizations, resuscitation leaders, and emergency medical systems that includes the American Heart Association (AHA) – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease – today announced the establishment of the Global Resuscitation Alliance, declaring a bold goal of increasing cardiac arrest survival rates by 50 percent.

The American Medical Association (AMA) launched an enhanced version of its Health Workforce Mapper to further help physicians and other health care providers improve patient access to care.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration allowed marketing of two Trevo clot retrieval devices as an initial therapy for strokes due to blood clots (ischemic) to reduce paralysis, speech difficulties and other stroke disabilities. These devices should be used within six hours of symptom onset and only following treatment with a clot-dissolving drug (tissue plasminogen activator or t-PA), which needs to be given within three hours of symptom onset.

The National Institutes of Health will fund six projects to identify biological factors that affect neural regeneration in the retina. The projects are part of the National Eye Institute (NEI) Audacious Goals Initiative (AGI), a targeted effort to restore vision by regenerating neurons and their connections in the eye and visual system. These projects will receive a total of $12.4 million over three years, pending availability of funds.

Mayo Clinic will offer the Zika virus antibody test developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).This test has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been licensed to select national reference laboratories, including Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML).

CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, and Martha Lucía Ospina Martínez, MD, MPH, MBA, Director General of Colombia’s Instituto Nacional de Salud (INS), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on Zika virus response activities in Colombia, particularly the effect of Zika virus during pregnancy. The new MOU includes collaboration between CDC and the INS on public health surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory, vector, and other public health response activities related to Zika virus in Colombia.