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News Summary for January 2013

During the month of January 2013, there were a total of 270 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • A new HIPAA rule was issued to protect patient privacy and secure health information
  • More evidence mounted of a severe flu season as epidemic levels were reached
  • A national report showed that HPV-related oropharyngeal cancers are increasing
  • The CDC has asked dentists to help prevent liver disease
  • A new norovirus strain is fueling US outbreaks
  • A UN convention confirmed a phased-down approach for dental amalgam

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Studies found that flu vaccine effectiveness waned over the 2011-12 season
  • Smoking still takes a heavy toll in the US according to the CDC
  • The US EPA said that lead levels are down in US kids, but asthma cases are rising
  • The CDC has seen little growth in adult vaccine coverage
  • An IOM report stresses that the vaccine schedule for children is safe
  • Triclosan has been found in increasing amounts in freshwater lakes
  • US seniors have been hit hard by hepatitis B
  • Norovirus, Salmonella top the list of outbreak-causing pathogens
  • Congress jump started dental responder legislation
  • The global 2009 pandemic H1N1 infection rate was 24%
  • The research moratorium on modified H5N1 viruses ended
  • Standard written checklists can improve patient safety during surgical crises
  • A NIH-developed candidate dengue vaccine showed promise in the early-stage trial
  • A survey found that Americans do not wash their hands more often during cold and flu season
  • HAI's linked to resistant organisms have been mostly unchanged for 2 years
  • The FDA approved a new seasonal influenza vaccine made using novel technology
  • The WHO noted major progress in battling neglected tropical diseases
  • Flooding preparedness should be included in infection prevention and control strategies
  • The US has recently approved a drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment

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