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News Summary For March 2012

During the month of March 2012, there were a total of 327 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Toward the end of March, US flu activity showed signs of ebbing
  • A federal advisory board reversed its stance on publishing two controversial H5N1 transmission papers
  • Experts called for an overhaul of global flu surveillance
  • Whooping cough outbreaks remained in the news. A new strain of whooping cough has global epidemic potential.
  • US TB infections dropped to a record low
  • The FDA has been ordered to restrict use of antibiotics in livestock
  • OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard
  • The CDC issued an advisory on soaring, deadly C. difficile infections
  • The WHO declared that many lives have been saved by integrating HIV and TB treatment

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Many cancer rates continue to decline in the US
  • The 1000 Genomes Project data is available on Amazon Cloud
  • A campaign was launched to engage 100,000 healthcare personnel behind needlestick injury prevention
  • 20 million-plus individuals are infected with hepatitis E in Asia and Africa
  • The CDC recommends polio boosters for travelers to 44 countries
  • World TB Day was observed. Drug resistance, lack of a vaccine top the list of TB challenges.
  • Manitoba's tuberculosis rate is more than double national average
  • The CDC warned that US travelers to the Olympics could bring home measles
  • Scientists uncovered a new throat cancer gene
  • A study found bacteria on 70% of dental bib holders
  • A study supports blood glucose testing in dental offices
  • With climate change, the US could face risk from Chagas Disease
  • The WHO unveiled new data to help countries reduce deaths from tobacco use
  • Hand disinfection does not prevent rhinovirus infection, concluded a study
  • The US Senate passed dental responder legislation
  • Infection control certification is associated with lower MRSA infection rates
  • The IDSA proposed a fast-track system for limited-use antibiotics
  • The FDA has cleared the first quadrivalent flu vaccine

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