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News Summary for May 2011

During the month of May 2011, there were a total of 264 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • There was a European E Coli outbreak in the news
  • Measles outbreaks remained in the news. The US reported the highest number of measles cases since 1996.
  • The UN held its annual health policy session
  • HHS released a hepatitis action plan
  • WHO decried the global burden of healthcare related infections

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • WHO declared cell phones possibly carcinogenic
  • A WHO survey concluded that 50% of healthcare workers around the globe were not washing their hands prior to patient care
  • A NIH study found that 19% of young adults have high blood pressure
  • A Mexican pandemic flu study supported social distancing
  • The CDC issued a warning against exposure to mad cow like brain diseases
  • The MMWR published an article on the top ten public health achievements of the first decade of this century
  • Early HIV treatment was recognized as an effective but expensive prevention method
  • Doctors were advised to be on the alert for vaccine preventable diseases
  • The FDA approved a new drug to fight hepatitis C
  • An intradermal flu vaccine was approved by the FDA

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