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News Summary for August 2010

During the month of August 2010, there were a total of 249 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • SHEA joined the call for mandatory flu shots for healthcare workers
  • US health officials geared up for flu vaccination season. Americans were urged to start getting influenza vaccinations.
  • WHO declared the H1N1 pandemic emergency over. India and New Zealand were still reporting pandemic flu activity
  • The biomarker/genetic signature of TB was predicted to yield improved TB diagnosis
  • NIH launched an effort to define markers of human immune responses to infection and vaccination

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Certain areas of Africa experienced a surge in Monkeypox that was said to be linked to the cessation of smallpox vaccinations
  • There was concern in a number of US states regarding a link to Salmonella illness from eggs
  • South African AIDS patients were said to be adversely impacted by a healthcare worker strike
  • Mexico began a crackdown on antibiotic sales
  • A new hospital superbug (NDM-1) threat was indentified
  • Lawrence Tabak was named Deputy Director for NIH
  • The American Cancer Society urged Asian New Yorkers to be screened for hepatitis B
  • Cancer was reported to be the world's most costly disease
  • Vaccine sales were up 16% in 2009 and are still growing
  • Verdana font was reported to be the best font for computer screens
  • Human clinical trials of a NIH-developed dengue vaccine began
  • Whooping cough outbreaks in the US remained in the news

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