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News Summary for October 2011

During the month of October 2011, there were a total of 312 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • A UN treaty to address mercury pollution and its potential impact upon the use of dental amalgam was in the news
  • Measles cases are at a 15 year high in the US. Measles cases continued to surge in Europe and Africa.
  • The CDC launched an effort to reduce infections in cancer patients
  • WHO published the Multi-Professional Patient Safety Curriculum Guide
  • The 25th anniversary of International Infection Prevention Week was observed
  • Global tuberculosis cases dropped for the first time
  • Healthy People 2010 Final Review was released
  • MRSA was found to be common among some dental students

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Key influenza indicators remained low in the US. Some tropical countries reported influenza activity.
  • The GAO identified gaps in bioterror countermeasure planning, budgeting
  • The CDC recommended ways to reduce the threat of strokes
  • ACIP recommended that all 11-12 year old males be vaccinated against HPV
  • Questions were raised about current flu vaccine efficacy
  • ACIP recommended that diabetics get the hepatitis B vaccine
  • HPV may increase the chances of heart disease by suppressing a gene
  • US Hospitals have been hit by a shortage of antimicrobials
  • Nearly 470,000 cases of cholera were reported in Haiti over the last year
  • Human norovirus in groundwater can remain infective after 2 months
  • The Medicare Web site now ranks hospitals by patient safety
  • The CDC said that healthcare-associated infections declined in 2010
  • The trial of the world’s first malaria vaccine found that it cut in half the number of cases in young children
  • The US experienced the deadliest Listeria outbreak in 25 years
  • A study concluded that there is no link between antibacterial soap and antibiotic resistance
  • NIH launched a research program to explore health effects from climate change
  • Smoking is set to cause 40 million extra tuberculosis deaths

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