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News Summary For June 2010

During the month of June 2010, there were a total of 225 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

•H1N1 influenza remained in the news, but at less of a level. HHS declared the pandemic emergency over.
•Sterilization issues regarding dental instruments at the St. Louis VA made the news
•Sterilization issues regarding dental instruments at a free dental clinic in West Virginia made the news when a hepatitis B outbreak was reported
•California declared a whooping cough epidemic with 5 deaths reported
•The CDC proposed new flu guidance for healthcare facilities
•APIC launched a new MRSA study
•The EPA declared that formaldehyde causes cancer

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

•Dengue re-emerged in the US
•The CDC concluded that the risk for Guillain-Barre Syndrome was about the same for both seasonal flu vaccine and pandemic H1N1 flu vaccine use
•A federal study found serious infection control deficiencies at same day surgery centers
•The JCAHO warned that hospital violence is increasing
•National HIV Testing day was observed
•AHRQ released 2 resources to help hospitals plan for emergency evacuations
•Experts called for more regulation of CT scans
•The CDC is looking at tying public health alerts to medical records
•The FDA approved a more advanced HIV test
•The WHO created a database for child medicines
•Brazil's deforestation was linked to increased malaria incidence
•A report concluded that the fight against drug resistance must go global
•The FDA announced the meeting of an advisory panel to discuss scientific regulation of dental amalgam
•The FDA reclassification of dental amalgam went into effect on June 11
•An advisory panel recommended that the federal government ask Americans to reduce their salt intake
•It was announced that the World Trade Center recommendations are the basis for a new set of fire safety codes
•The global market for infectious disease treatments is predicted to be $138 billion by 2014
•A study was published on the prevalence of hepatitis B infection in the US during in the era of vaccination

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