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News Summary For December 2011

During the month of December 2011, there were a total of 281 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • Novel flu cases prompted new CDC guidance
  • An HIV trial was named Science magazine's "breakthrough” of 2011
  • Citing a terror risk, the United States asked journals to cut flu study information
  • The GAO said that drug shortages tripled over the past decade and the United States announced steps to address this problem
  • Because many patients see their dentists more often than other healthcare providers, they might benefit from screening for medical conditions in dental offices, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health
  • APIC issued support for mandatory influenza vaccination of healthcare workers

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • The FDA approved a vaccine for adults age 50 and older to prevent pneumococcal disease
  • US flu activity remained low
  • A variation of the pandemic 2009 A(H1N1) influenza virus that is resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) appears to be spreading in Australia
  • Researchers found that by changing from stainless steel to copper fittings for door handles, it could reduce the spread of infections by 40 per cent
  • Fusarium fungus found in sinks was identified as a possible cause of serious infections
  • Researchers found bacteria, including some that are known to make people sick, in unused paper towels
  • Sun's UV rays may stop the spread of chickenpox
  • Having diabetes ups hepatitis B risk
  • Patients with multi-drug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa were found to serve as reservoirs for environmental contamination
  • A study was published on the economic burden of hepatitis C-associated diseases in the United States
  • The UN reported improved access to safe drinking water, but with the poorest still lagging
  • More than two in three Americans (68 percent) worry about global disease outbreaks
  • A new study found that two out of three medical students do not know when to clean their hands
  • The US demand for infection prevention products is predicted to rise 5.1 percent annually through 2015
  • The Joint Commission issued a Sentinel Event Alert pertaining to healthcare worker fatigue and patient safety
  • Only 28% of US HIV patients have their condition under control
  • Pertussis cases spiked in Illinois, lack of vaccination is blamed
  • US Tox21 began screening 10,000 chemicals
  • Children with HIV in Asia are suffering resistance to AIDS drugs

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