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News Summary for January 2015

During the month of January 2015, there were a total of 293 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • A measles outbreak linked to Disneyland was in the news. CDC urges measles vaccinations. The CDC sounded an alarm about an early measles spike. The CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) issued a health advisory regarding the US multi-state measles outbreak. Worldwide, measles took 100,000 lives last year.
  • Influenza remained in the news. The CDC noted that the flu was still hitting hard in most of US, but the spread seemed to be slowing. The CDC said that the flu vaccine has been reduced to 23 percent effectiveness this season, but it is still better than nothing. Amid widespread flu, the CDC has called for more antiviral medication use.
  • The number of Ebola cases experienced a slow down. With the recorded Ebola cases reaching new lows, the UN health agency targeted ending the epidemic. The WHO executive board approved Ebola reform proposals. One year into the Ebola epidemic, WHO published 14 papers providing insights.
  • The FDA updated its Dental Amalgam Consumer Advisory
  • The EPA is encouraging medical centers to limit the amount of radiation they use during X-rays, CT scans
  • After Ebola, flu and drug resistance were described as the top pandemic threats  

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • The CDC issued a warning about MERS
  • A report on polio-like illness in kids supports a link to EV-D68
  • FDA is taking steps to make sure defibrillators work
  • A Canadian was diagnosed with the first H7N9 case in North America
  • The CDC’s HAI Progress Report described significant reductions reported at the national level in 2013 for nearly all infections. US hospitals were described as getting better at preventing infections.
  • Researchers found a link between tooth loss and mental and physical decline in older adults
  • ICU infections among the elderly were tied to higher death rates after discharge
  • A joint communication addressed the challenge of humidity levels and medical equipment in the OR
  • Joint Commission Resources offered new journal articles on improving hand hygiene compliance
  • More hospitals are buying automated robot systems to reduce infections 
  • The ADA published updated guidelines for treating dental patients with prosthetic joints

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