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News Summary for April 2012

During the month of April 2012, there were a total of 300 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • The CDC released a report that updated information on HPV-associated cancers
  • A study concluded that oral cancers may be the most costly to treat
  • HHS's updated infection-fighting plan stresses health IT
  • Global groups renewed a measles prevention push as the drop in deaths were shown to slow
  • US measles cases reached a 15-year high in 2011
  • US officials identified decreases in healthcare-linked infections
  • A possible link between dental x-rays and risk of meningioma was indentified through research
  • The US tightened rules on antibiotic use for livestock

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • A study was published entitled Burden of Oral Disease Among Older Adults and Implications for Public Health Priorities
  • A study was published on the dermal and pulmonary absorption of ethanol from alcohol-based hand rub and found that dermal absorption of ethanol was not detected and pulmonary absorption was detected but was below toxic levels
  • A cowpox infection in a US lab worker was called a first
  • Flu activity slowed down across the Northern Hemisphere
  • Dutch officials approved the publication of Fouchier's H5N1 study
  • Drug-resistant malaria is emerging in Africa
  • Cockroaches carry high loads of drug-resistant nosocomial pathogens
  • Mad cow disease was found in California, no human threat was seen
  • A study found that the shingles vaccine is safe and underutilized
  • The IADR/AADR published studies on severe early childhood caries and proposed new classification
  • Researchers found that dental students underreport occupational injuries
  • NIH scientists linked a quickly spreading gene to a Asian MRSA epidemic
  • The GAO questioned why OSHA standards take so long
  • The US, Haiti launched a vaccination campaign. New vaccines in Haiti thought to be able to save tens of thousands of lives.
  • New links were found between diabetes and tuberculosis
  • A study found that 92% of hospital privacy curtains contaminated with pathogenic bacteria within one week
  • Global warming is linked to deadly, costly weather disasters
  • A published study explained how the first effective HIV vaccine worked
  • The Joint Commission Enterprise launched an online HAI portal resource

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