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News Summary for September 2013

During the month of September 2013, there were a total of 216 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • MERS-CoV remained in the news with more cases reported. A WHO panel said MERS is still not at an emergency level.
  • US data showed higher flu vaccine uptake in kids, adults and healthcare workers
  • The UN reported ‘dramatic' progress on reducing new HIV infections
  • Health officials determined that a Tulsa dentist spread hepatitis C
  • The CDC said that three germs are urgent threats to the USA's health. The CDC reported 23,000 deaths a year from antibiotic-resistant infections.

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • A study recommended that hepatitis C screening should be expanded in Canada
  • The CDC said that MRSA infections are not dropping in children
  • Frequent cold sores were tied to genetic mutation in a study
  • The FDA is to regulate some health apps
  • The FDA is to require tracking codes in medical devices
  • A US Senate hearing focused on America's dental care crisis
  • The UN warned that bird flu viruses could re-emerge in the upcoming flu season
  • The CDC noted solid childhood vaccine coverage with measles concerns
  • Electronic records were tied to fewer hospitalizations
  • More than 100,000 Americans quit smoking due to a national media campaign
  • CDC found that 200,000 heart disease and stroke deaths could be prevented

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