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News Summary for August 2017
During the month of August 2017, there were a total of 144 links to news items posted on Daily Updates. 

The top news areas included:
 
The CDC has urged early recognition and prompt treatment of sepsis
The AAOMS issued opioid prescribing recommendations 
Fewer antibiotic prescriptions are being filled according to a new analysis 
National Immunization Awareness Month was observed
Opioid abuse has been identified as a national emergency
Fungal Disease Awareness Week was observed
A new federal report on antibiotic use and stewardship in the U.S. stresses the need for all stakeholders to commit to stewardship efforts
 
Other noteworthy areas of interest include:
 
Experts released a US policy roadmap to reduce antibiotics used in food animals
HPV vaccination rates are especially low among childhood cancer survivors
A study found that nurses wearing scrubs with antimicrobial properties still experienced bacterial contamination 
The first dose of the hepatitis B vaccine should be given to babies within 24 hours of birth according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics 
Minnesota’s 2017 measles outbreak came to an end, but only after sickening 79 people, sending 22 to the hospital and triggering a major epidemiology campaign that required dozens of public health workers and community volunteers. The Minnesota Department of Health spent more than $900,000 to curb the outbreak.
A hepatitis A outbreak has claimed 14 lives in the San Diego area
A high disability rate has been found in Ebola survivors
'Herd immunity' may be curbing the number of U.S. Zika cases
The majority of Americans who die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases are adults
The Buffalo VA medical center has warned 526 patients of infection risk from scopes
Researchers found that surgical safety checklists are underutilized in ambulatory oral and maxillofacial surgery.
The nitrous oxide shortage has continued
The number of children and adults with epilepsy in the United States is at an all-time high

 

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