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News Summary for July 2011

During the month of July 2011, there were a total of 239 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • The first World Hepatitis Day was observed. The WHO declared that one third of the world population was infected with hepatitis.
  • News circulated about a recent GAO report urging tighter antibiotic resistance checks
  • The WHO Director-General named Sir Liam Donaldson envoy for patient safety
  • The CDC issued a guide for infection control in outpatient care
  • An IOM report focused upon improving access to oral health care for vulnerable, underserved populations
  • A Pivotal study in Africa found that HIV medications prevent HIV infections

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • A survey found that more than 1 in 3 Americans are affected by HAI's
  • Germany declared an end to the E. Coli outbreak
  • In the US, the chicken pox vaccine has resulted in a sharp decrease in deaths due to that disease
  • Antibacterial stainless steel can prevent the spread of superbugs
  • Cholera outbreaks in the Caribbean, Africa sparked alerts
  • The US hepatitis B vaccination rate was found to be lagging
  • The ADHA is to collaborate with ADEA on core competencies
  • The WHO warned against the use of inaccurate blood tests for active tuberculosis
  • Flu vaccine shipments started for the US market
  • The pertussis vaccine was recommended for pregnant women
  • UNAIDS welcomed the first voluntary license to the Medicines Patent Pool by a pharmaceutical company
  • Scientists identified the first superbug strain of gonorrhea

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