dental infection control and safety news for june 2009
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News Summary for June 2009

During the month of June 2009, there were a total of 226 links to news items posted on Newsflash.

The top news areas included:

• Novel H1N1 influenza was at the top of the news. The outbreak spread around the world. All 50 states of the United States reported cases. WHO declared a pandemic---the first in 41 years. Researchers said that H1N1 jumped to humans months prior. Summer camps experienced outbreaks of H1N1. This influenza outbreak is expected to continue through the summer. CDC officials predicted a possible year-round flu season that disproportionately affects young people. A mass vaccination campaign is predicted for the fall, with the likelihood of children being the first to be immunized. Federal agriculture officials believe that the new flu emerged in swine in Asia, then traveled to North America in a human.
• H1N1 cases in healthcare workers illustrated a need for protection on the job
• A survey concluded that the recession has forced hospitals to cut back on infection control measures

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• The FDA agreed to reconsider its position regarding Bisphenol A (BPA)
• Johnson & Johnson announced that it plans to seek approvals by 2010 for new drugs to treat hepatitis C and HIV, and to seek approvals by 2013 for at least 8 other new treatments
• Avian flu was said to help prepare the US for novel H1N1 flu
• NIH researchers discovered how prion protein damages brain cells
• A poll found that prevention was a top health reform priority for Americans
• Home computers are a growing source of injuries
• NIAID leaders outlined a research agenda for universal, voluntary HIV testing and treatment
• 1 in 4 nursing home residents carry MRSA
• The JCAHO released a new free monograph designed to improve healthcare worker vaccination rates for seasonal influenza
• California identified 30 new toxic chemicals to avoid
• MRSA can be passed from pets to humans
 
 
 

 

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