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News Summary for January 2012

During the month of January 2012, there were a total of 293 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Flu season showed signs of life in the United States and European Union
  • Oral HPV infections were found to be more common than expected
  • OSHA issued a I2P2 White Paper
  • TB in India described as untreatable made the news
  • The issue of at least 12 Americans believed to have been infected with a new strain of swine flu that is not covered by this season's vaccine remained in the news
  • Research revealed that the antibiotic prescribing practices of dentists for odontogenic infections in children do not appear to be in line with recommended professional guidelines

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Experts continued to clash over NSABB recommendation regarding scientific journals withholding key details of H5N1 transmission studies
  • Norovirus is the leading cause of outbreaks in US hospitals
  • A major report entitled Oral Health Quality Improvement in the Era of Accountability was issued
  • A major joint effort against tropical diseases was announced
  • The Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) issued new guidelines aimed at minimizing surgical infection in day centers and primary care
  • Researchers said that copper surfaces in high-risk environments enhances patient safety
  • Canadian researchers concluded that the oral HIV test has a 2% lower sensitivity but similar specificity compared with blood-based tests
  • The CDC said that the bizarre skin disease Morgellons is not infectious
  • Philanthropist Bill Gates pledged a further $750 million to the troubled global AIDS fund
  • The WHO said that 40% of the global population at risk for dengue fever
  • Data indicated that most adolescents in the United States lacked immunization for hepatitis A in 2009, leaving them susceptible to hepatitis A infection going into adulthood
  • Workplace injuries and illness is estimated to cost quarter of a $trillion annually
  • A study suggested that the use of antimicrobial scrubs may reduce bacterial burden on health care worker apparel
  • Many high-risk Americans do not get the hepatitis B vaccine
  • Use of a multi-modal infection prevention program was found to boost hand hygiene compliance
  • A universal flu vaccine could be available by 2013
  • A NIH study found that HIV-exposed children are at high risk of language delay
  • A novel Hepatitis C vaccine shows some early promise
  • Federal investigators concluded that most errors at hospitals go unreported
  •  A Harvard-led study found vaccines partially protect monkeys from HIV-like virus
  • A Mayo Clinic study linked hepatitis C to liver cancer

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