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News Summary for September 2015

During the month of September 2015, there were a total of 223 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • New UN treatment guidelines say that all people with HIV should get antiretrovirals
  • NIH researchers have discovered the role of the soft palate in the adaptation of transmissible influenza viruses
  • The IOM said in a new report that urgent change is needed to improve diagnostics in healthcare or errors will likely worsen
  • National Dental Infection Control Awareness Month was observed
  • MERS and Ebola remained in the news
  • CDC and SHEA issued statements on ensuring appropriate antibiotic use in long-term care settings
  • CDC has advised an immediate need to review procedures for cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing reusable devices
  • WHO has called for ambitious global targets for viral hepatitis control 

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • HHS launched a resources system to improve disaster preparedness
  • The UN Ebola response is now planned to continue into 2016
  • NIH has committed $36M to train junior faculty in Africa
  • HHS released the final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020
  • HHS has advanced the development of a new monoclonal antibody drug for Ebola
  • Nearly half of the US population make annual flu vaccination routine
  • Developing countries are showing an increase in antibiotic resistance 
  • NIH is funding a consortium for childhood oral health disparities research
  • HHS has entered into a strategic alliance to accelerate new antibiotic development
  • CDC has appointed a permanent lab safety chief
  • A FDA panel has recommended adjuvanted flu vaccine for seniors
  • The Joint Commission has launched a free educational campaign on the appropriate and safe use of antibiotics
  • Dr. John Howard has been reappointed director of NIOSH
  • A landmark NIH study shows that intensive blood pressure management may save lives
  • National Preparedness Month was observed
  • Legionnaires' Disease cases are on the rise
  • West Nile sickened 2,205 in 2014  

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