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News Summary for June 2011

During the month of June 2011, there were a total of 245 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • An E Coli outbreak that sickened thousands of people in Germany was in the news
  • APIC launched a major campaign to educate consumers about the prevention of healthcare infections and medical errors
  • The federal government released a national prevention strategy in order to promote disease prevention with healthier lifestyles
  • A UN summit on HIV/AIDS adopted an ambitious new plan to defeat the disease
  • The 30th anniversary of the first reported cases of AIDS was observed

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • Measles outbreaks remained in the news
  • The GAO issued a report on spending and lessons learned from the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic
  • Hong Kong experienced an outbreak of drug-resistant scarlet fever
  • A joint ASHE, APIC and SHEA response to electronic faucet technology was issued
  • A federal advisory panel recommended whooping cough vaccination for pregnant women
  • Local health departments in the US lost 6,000 jobs in 2010
  • The USDA updated dietary guidelines
  • US Cancer rates were reported to continue to decline, but not all segments of the population are benefiting
  • A new international study found that heavy cell phone use might raise the risk of brain tumors
  • HHS released a new training program for the prevention of hospital acquired infections
  • The US added formaldehyde to the list of carcinogens
  • The US CDC declared that measures to cut Salmonella have not made progress

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