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News Summary for May 2012

During the month of May 2012, there were a total of 321 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks were reported in various parts of the United States
  • Flu activity tailed off and attention turned to the Southern Hemisphere
  • Dr. Margaret Chan was approved for a second term at the helm of the UN health agency WHO
  • Hepatitis Awareness Month was observed. The CDC issued recommendations for identifying chronic HCV cases.
  • The CDC designated May 19 as the first ever National Hepatitis Testing Day and proposed that all baby boomers be tested
  • The US launched an ambitious Alzheimer's plan with emphasis upon research
  • Measles outbreaks remained in the news
  • An FDA advisory panel backed the preventive use of an HIV drug
  • A FDA proposal aims to help reduce unnecessary radiation exposure for children
  • APIC introduced an infection prevention competency model

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Researchers reported a new process that gives stainless steel an antibacterial coating
  • The CDC released an older adult preparedness portal
  • UN officials urged national leaders to fight industry's attacks in the war against tobacco
  • The FDA affirmed the use of BPA, citing the additional need to study human health effects
  • An oral HIV swab test is nearing FDA approval
  • The FDA, NIOSH and OSHA issued a Joint Safety Communication regarding blunt-tip surgical suture needles to reduce needlestick injuries in surgical settings
  • Several California Veterans Affairs healthcare facilities were cited with 30 safety violations
  • The UK issued a report on healthcare associated infections and antimicrobial use for 2011
  • Globally, more than 1 billion people are at risk for lack of clean water
  • Diabetes is on the rise among teenagers
  • The American Red Cross launched new emergency preparedness online tools
  • The CDC lowered the recommended lead-level limits in children
  • A study concluded that US HIV aid has prevented 741,000 deaths
  • HIV Vaccine Awareness Day was observed
  • FEMA's first national preparedness report cited progress and gaps
  • A patient sued a dental school over dental clinic infection prevention procedures
  • Dengue fever is a major cost burden in Puerto Rico
  • Sixteen per cent of cancers worldwide are caused by preventable infections such as HPV

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