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News Summary for June 2013

During the month of June 2013, there were a total of 256 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • WHO issued guidelines for earlier HIV Treatment. Data revealed that a rec ord number of people with HIV are now accessing antiretroviral treatment.
  • The MERS coronavirus remained in the news. The Obama Administration has declared MERS-CoV a public health threat.
  • H7N9 influenza remained in the news
  • The US Preventive Services Task Force issued recommendations for all adults born between 1945 and 1965 to get tested for hepatitis C
  • There is a high global burden of oral conditions with 3.9 billion affected
  • ERs are seeing an increase of people visiting with dental problems
  • National HIV Testing day was observed
  • The FDA recommended steps to secure health care networks and connected devices
  • The Department of Justice, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Human Services sent a joint letter to the nation's medical schools, dental schools, nursing schools, and other health-related schools regarding hepatitis B discrimination

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • 77 hepatitis C cases were reported in the Oklahoma dental infection control scandal
  • Indiana reported four fair-linked H3N2v cases
  • Researchers found that flu may boost bacterial pneumonia 100-fold
  • OSHA is focusing on temporary employee safety
  • New HIV infections among children have been reduced by 50% or more in seven countries in sub-Saharan Africa
  • There were rubella epidemics in Japan and Poland
  • Researchers found that patients are not at an increased risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome in the six-week period after vaccination with any vaccine
  • The Canadian Health Department and OSHA signed an MOU agreement on chemical labeling
  • ACIP recommended flu vaccine option for those with egg allergies
  • Improper use of prescription drugs costs $200 billion a year
  • A study concluded that 95% of people do not wash their hands 'correctly'
  • The CDC has partnered with 104 employers for a National Healthy Worksite Program
  • The CDC released a toolkit to assist with patient notification events after unsafe medical practices

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