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News Summary for December 2012

During the month of December 2012, there were a total of 217 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

•The US experienced an early flu season that experts warn could be severe
•Meningitis and West Nile Virus occupied US health officials in 2012. The attack rate in the fungal meningitis outbreak was estimated to be 4.4%.
•Twelve years after legislation, sharps safety is still a concern in all healthcare settings
•World AIDS Day was observed

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

•The FDA approved the first medication for multidrug-resistant TB
•A poll found that 84 percent of employed Americans go to work sick
•Electronic data showed that 90% of Canadian healthcare workers are not compliant with hand hygiene
•A major study concluded that the US is vulnerable to health emergencies
•Dentists will not be responsible for a new medical device tax
•A global study noted progress against infectious diseases
•'Boomers' with hepatitis C are boosting the demand for liver transplants
•As doctors go high-tech, ergonomically related injuries may also increase
•The UN unveiled a cholera elimination plan for Haiti and the Dominican Republic
•A newly identified Coronavirus can infect cells from multiple species
•The ECDC updated the risk assessment for novel Coronavirus
•One-third of patients with hospital-acquired infections are readmitted within 1 year
•EU health officials fear for disease control in Greece

 

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