During the month of December 2014, there were a total of 232 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.
The top news areas included:
• Ebola remained in the news. The most intense Ebola transmission in West Africa was reported in western Sierra Leone. The number of people affected by Ebola topped 20,000. The FDA approved the Roche Ebola test for emergency use. The CDC chief saw promising signs and a long road ahead for Ebola hit countries. A study identified 53 approved drugs that may block Ebola infection. Time Magazine picked Ebola fighters as its ‘person of the year.’ The US designated 35 hospitals to treat Ebola patients.
• The US Flu season was shaping up to be brutal. With 15 children dead, the CDC declared a flu epidemic.
• Vivek Murthy was confirmed as 19th US surgeon general
• World AIDS Day was observed
Other noteworthy areas of interest include:
• It was reported that the CDC is to hire a lab safety chief after the Ebola and bird flu mishaps
• The FDA is to move ahead with unique device identifiers (UDI’s) implementation
• WHO was notified of 11 cases of human infection with H7N9 virus in China
• The USPSTF is calling for ambulatory blood pressure measurement to confirm hypertension before diagnosis in a draft statement
• The FDA proposed altering a ban on gay and bisexual men who want to donate blood
• The Mumps spread through the NHL
• H5N2, H5N8 avian flu viruses surfaced in the US
• Molecular testing is expected to drive the infectious diseases diagnostics market
• Superbugs to are expected to kill 'more than cancer' by 2050
• Whooping Cough is back with a vengeance in California. A Whooping Cough outbreak was declared in central Alberta, Canada.
• A revised health preparedness index grades the US at 7.4 out of 10
• The FDA published a final rule setting new requirements for how information about using medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding is presented in the labeling of prescription drugs and biological products
• HHS issued a active shooter planning guide for health care facilities
• The CDC noted that a link between polio-like illness and EV-D68 looks likely
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