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News Summary for December 2010

During the month of December 2010, there were a total of 289 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Flu activity increased in the US
  • There was an urgent call to increase influenza vaccinations in the EU and UK
  • Reports of whooping cough outbreaks continued across the US
  • A study concluded that expanding HIV screening in the US would be cost effective
  • The APHA encouraged proper hand-washing during flu and cold season
  • An FDA advisory committee decided to revisit the issue of dental amalgam safety
  • The cholera epidemic in Haiti remained in the news
  • The WHO issued new guidance to protect healthcare workers at occupational risk of exposure to tuberculosis and HIV

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • The National Patient Safety Foundation created the first professional society and certification for patient safety
  • The Joint Commission is seeking comment on proposed 2012 National Patient Safety Goals for Hospital, LTC
  • When parts of the US Affordable Care Act go into effect on January 1, all hospitals will be required to report ICU central line associated infections
  • Swine Flu has killed 56 in Egypt since October 2010
  • The AIHA released a white paper on injury and illness prevention programs
  • Hand contamination from anesthesiologists was linked to bacterial transmission during surgery
  • The CDC issued guidance on evaluation of environmental cleaning
  • London was described as the tuberculosis capital of Western Europe
  • Tuberculosis was once again declared a concern with rising rates in arctic Canada
  • The Trust for America's Health issued its annual report on protecting the public from disease, disasters, and bioterrorism
  • German doctors reported a cure in an HIV patient
  • The CDC declared that tainted food sickens 48 million in the US annually
  • The WHO endorsed a new rapid TB test
  • The FDA released its first report on antibiotics in domestic food animal production
  • The rate of health care related infections in developing countries was found to be double that of the US and Europe
  • US federal officials declared that tobacco smoke causes immediate damage to a person's lungs and even their DNA
  • A new meningitis vaccine is expected to have a huge impact upon Africa

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