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News Summary For November 2011

During the month of November 2011, there were a total of 352 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • The WHO warned about the decline of funding for HIV/AIDS programs
  • UNAIDS reported the number of people living with HIV continues to grow, yet tools to control the pandemic are now at hand
  • The spread of an odd new flu virus that has been jumping from pigs to people in parts of the United States has the WHO gearing up its response planning
  • For the first time, the WHO reported that the number of individuals who fall ill with tuberculosis (TB) each year is declining
  • A new IOM report on the use of health IT and its impact on patient safety was released
  • The CDC reported that deaths from hepatitis C are insufficiently appreciated and by 2007 were exceeding reported deaths caused by HIV
  • The CDC is now tracking antibiotic use in hospitals
  • The CDC decided to maintain its Oral Health Division
  • WHO's report recommending a "phase down" of dental amalgam globally made the news

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • The results of a study found inadequate mask and respirator use among healthcare workers early in the 2009 H1N1 outbreak
  • The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) voiced concern about the ongoing shortages of several critical anesthesia medications in the US, which could have a potentially serious impact on patient care and safety
  • OraSure Technologies received a CLIA Waiver for the OraQuick HCV Rapid Test
  • Only about 1 in 4 Americans with the AIDS virus have the infection under control with medications
  • Fewer infants get chicken pox when older children are vaccinated
  • In eight states, more than 1 in 20 public school kindergartners fail to get all the vaccines required for attendance, according to an Associated Press analysis
  • Four drugs cause most hospitalizations in older adults
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends HIV screening for adolescents, young adults
  • The Southern Hemisphere wrapped up its flu season
  • New surveillance data released by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) showed a steep rise in the percentage of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumonia
  • A study regarding Kawasaki disease reported the first evidence of long-range wind transport of an infectious agent
  • ‘Pox Parties' in the age of Facebook made the news
  • WHO warned of the potential for an untreatable form of TB to develop on Australia's doorstep
  • The global disinfectants market is predicted to reach $2.9 billion by 2017
  • New seasonal flu viruses can launch from one of many world urban centers, not just from tropical areas in Southeast and East Asia, as previously thought
  • A hand and respiratory hygiene program (including frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer) helps reduce illness caused by influenza A and missed school days in elementary school children
  • Researchers reported findings on why measles spreads so rapidly
  • Risk factors in kids who died of 2009 H1N1 included MRSA
  • Glove use was found to impact hand hygiene
  • Scientists identified the gene linked to cold cores

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