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News Summary for August 2012

During the month of August 2012, there were a total of 319 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

•The CDC reported the first H3N2v influenza death as the number of cases continued to surge. Limited person-to-person spread was reported.
•A study found that globally resistance to backup tuberculosis drugs was on the increase
•The FDI outlined strategies to address global oral health challenges by 2020
•US West Nile cases climbed. The CDC urged people to take precautions against West Nile virus.
•The ADA and FDA issued guidance on dental CBCT
•The Advertising Council launched a new multimedia public service campaign to promote oral health among children
•A GAO report concluded that HHS has taken steps to address unsafe injection practices, but more action is needed

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

•A new virus was indentified in Missouri with ticks suspected as the vector
•According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control,
the results showed that since the swine flu pandemic in 2009, less than half of
schools had updated their crisis plans or had developed a plan to address
biological events
•Half of US adults have periodontal disease according to the CDC
•The H1N1 pandemic severely impacted children with neurological conditions
•NIH scientists announced the mapping of the first steps in flu antibody development
•A Johns Hopkins University project aims to combine engineering with the power of patients and their families to prevent some of the most common patient safety threats.

•The FDA approved a once-a-day pill for HIV
•Chickenpox cases have fallen 80% over the last decade
•World Humanitarian Day was observed
•Tropical diseases were described as the new plague of poverty
•A new class of polymers was found to be resistant to bacterial attachment
•A federal report detailed the health, economic status of older Americans
•Government investigators cited a New Hampshire hospital for violations in infection control that may have contributed to an outbreak of hepatitis C
•The US PPE market is predicted to top $13 billion in 2012
•The August edition of ADA Professional Product Review focused on amalgam separators
•Flu activity was widespread in parts of the southern hemisphere
•Lack of sleep may weaken vaccine effectiveness

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