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News Summary for October 2010

During the month of October 2010, there were a total of 276 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • International Infection Prevention Week was observed
  • The CDC reported low levels of flu activity with three types in the mix
  • The American Heart Association updated the 2005 CPR guidelines
  • Global Handwashing Day was observed
  • Canada added BPA to its toxins list

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Scientists raised concern about a new polio virus
  • The IOM issued a workshop summary regarding lessons learned from the H1N1 vaccination campaign
  • An expert panel from the Hepatitis B Foundation issued recommendations for children with chronic hepatitis B infection
  • ACIP issued recommendations to fill pertussis vaccine gaps
  • A cholera outbreak emerged in Haiti
  • Consumer Reports issued findings that adults can benefit from flu, shingles, and pneumonia vaccines
  • An MRSA strain with outbreak potential was reported
  • MRSA is thriving much better in the US when compared to the UK
  • The number of diabetic Americans could triple by 2050
  • The ASSE declared that ergonomic programs save money and prevent injuries
  • Brazil and the WHO joined to fight TB
  • Most measles cases in the US are vaccine preventable
  • South Africa is to test all HIV patients for TB
  • NIH scientists discovered how dengue virus invades cells
  • A study concluded that crowding contributed to the spread of H1N1 in Mexico City
  • Hepatitis C can infect and damage brain tissue
  • Researchers combined smallpox and anthrax vaccines
  • Mandatory healthcare worker flu vaccination is being viewed as a patient safety issue

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