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News Summary for September 2010

During the month of September 2010, there were a total of 259 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • No longer a pandemic, H1N1 was found to be holding on in the new flu season. Annual seasonal flu immunization was recommended for all those 6 months of age and older. A more potent flu vaccine is available for seniors. The importance of vaccination was stressed. The CDC updated its guidance for preventing seasonal flu in healthcare settings.
  • The new CDC Chief designated 6 winnable battles in health
  • The EPA announced its intent to regulate dental mercury waste
  • Whooping cough outbreaks across the US remained in the news
  • A study was published that reviews BPA and assesses exposure from dental materials

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • The IOM is to study best policies and practices for improving healthcare safety
  • Antibiotic resistant superbugs are responsible for 60% of all ICU infections
  • The NIH explained how Salmonella spreads in humans
  • A new study concluded that as many as half of essential emergency response and healthcare workers may refuse to work during a severe pandemic
  • The House approved legislation designating emergency dental responders
  • Genetic fragments found in songbird DNA indicated that hepatitis B viruses are at least 19 million years old
  • The UN declared that access to HIV services was improving in many developing countries
  • The UN also declared significant progress in preventing new HIV infections
  • A team of scientists issued a HIV vaccine strategy
  • NIH scientists found more health benefits from starting HIV treatment early
  • The Council for Graduate Medical Education approved shorter working hours for resident doctors
  • A study supported the CDC's updated mask guidance for seasonal flu prevention strategies
  • The most dangerous form of malaria was found to have originated in gorillas
  • Computer models showed the US vulnerable to a MDR-TB epidemic
  • There is concern that Monkeypox may become the new Smallpox
  • A study concluded that the descendants of longtime urban dwellers show increased genetically driven resistance to tuberculosis, due to evolutionary selection pressure over millennia.
  • The FDA reissued a warning about patient burns related to electric dental handpieces
  • The DEA organized a nationwide effort to properly dispose of prescription medications
  • The CDC declared that state and local preparedness efforts were improving
  • NIOSH released information regarding exposomes and exposomics
  • The global dental devices and consumables market was estimated to be worth $27.6 billion by 2015
  • A new drug resistant superbug was found in the US
  • New York is to require disclosure of chemicals in cleansers
  • HHS launched the first of its kind consumer focused website in Spanish

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