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News Summary for May 2010

During the month of May 2010, there were a total of 292 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • H1N1 influenza remained in the news, but was on the decline. A study concluded that fear of H1N1 was the driving factor behind adoption of preventive behaviors. An expert panel began to investigate WHO's response in 2009. It was reported that pharmaceutical companies earned over $3 billion on the H1N1 vaccine in 2009. The US has 71 million unused flu vaccine doses.
  • CDC reported a drop in healthcare related blood infections
  • The One needle, One syringe, Only ONE Time campaign was launched
  • WHO declared that measles is making a rapid return
  • The MMWR published a study regarding acute antimicrobial pesticide related illness in healthcare workers
  • The US was declared to be facing 'grievous harm' from chemicals in air, food, water

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • At least 28 new flu strains entered Japan during the 2009 pandemic
  • A health group declared that donor cuts were hurting the AIDS battle in Africa
  • The Red Flags Rule was delayed again
  • OSHA and NIOSH pledged cooperation on PELs
  • OSHA released data on worker exposure to toxic chemicals
  • OSHA is seeking information on health care infectious agents
  • OSHA opened a review on the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
  • Mother to child HIV transmission was linked to gene change
  • NIH, NIAID want more information on Cryptococcus fungus
  • The USDA estimated the E. Coli and Salmonella cost the US $3.1 billion annually
  • The President's advisory group looks to speed up flu vaccine
  • An experimental vaccine was found to protect monkeys from new Ebola virus
  • Researchers claimed to have created a "synthetic cell”
  • The NIH Human Microbiome Project researchers published the first genomic collection of human microbes
  • May was Hepatitis Awareness Month
  • Drug resistant TB demands a push for new drugs
  • Growing evidence links air pollution to heart disease and death
  • Temperature and humidity may affect virus survival on surfaces
  • A JADA supplement addressed managing emergencies in the dental office
  • C. difficile was found capable of airborne transmission
  • Two-thirds of child deaths in 2008 were due to infectious diseases

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