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News Summary for February 2012

During the month of February 2012, there were a total of 289 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • A Pew Center report concluded that more Americans (16%) are using the ER than a dentist's office for dental care
  • Influenza activity increased in the US and Europe
  • ACIP recommended pertussis (whooping cough) vaccinations for all adults
  • Hepatitis C was linked to more US deaths than HIV
  • The first case of Legionnaire's Disease linked to a dental office was reported
  • The US needlestick prevention law was linked to a decrease in healthcare worker injuries
  • Federal vaccine advisors released proposed voluntary recommendations for increasing flu vaccination in healthcare workers

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Cancer is estimated to kill 1.3 million EU citizens in 2012
  • More than 10,000 participants have joined the GuLF STUDY
  • The FDA picked two new vaccine strains for the 2012-13 flu season
  • A new influenza A virus was discovered in Guatemalan fruit bats
  • India was removed from the WHO list of nations with polio
  • Debate continued over the publishing full H5N1 studies
  • There may soon be a nasal vaccine for norovirus
  • A measles outbreak in Indiana was been traced to a family who was infected during a trip overseas
  • Stroke, memory loss were linked to air pollution
  • Most C difficile infections may not be spread in the ward
  • Children bore brunt of 2009 H1N1 flu
  • The FDA issued a Safety Communication on hand-held dental x-ray units
  • ADEA releases ethical guidelines regarding interaction with dental industry
  • APIC launched the Clean Spaces, Healthy Patients Website
  • Drug shortages for infectious diseases are increasing
  • A European study found that the management of patients with highly infectious diseases is merely adequate
  • Nine in 10 US adults get too much sodium every day
  • Measles cases are decreasing worldwide, but challenges remain
  • The highest level of drug-resistant TB is found in Europe
  • JADA published an article on the isolation of Staphylococcus aureus from environmental surfaces in an academic dental clinic
  • National Children's Dental Health Month was observed
  • The recommended US adult, adolescent and child immunization schedules were published in the MMWR

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