dental infection control and safety news for september 2009
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News Summary for September 2009

During the month of September 2009, there were a total of 276 links to news items posted on Newsflash.

The top news areas included:

• Novel influenza A (H1N1) remained at the top of the news. An article published in the MMWR noted that by August 2009 there were at least 1 million cases in the US. A resurgence was noted in the US and described as hitting early and often. Studies suggested that patients shed H1N1 virus longer than previously thought. It was estimated that school closings due to H1N1 could cost billions.
• Health workers are under pressure to get flu shots. The first H1N1 vaccines were said to be nasal spray and ready for shipment in early October. The FDA approved four manufacturers for H1N1 vaccine. WHO picked novel H1N1 for the 2010 southern hemisphere flu vaccine.
• A new antigen could expedite HIV vaccine development
• The 2010 Joint Commission patient safety goals were announced

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• OSHA updated PPE standards to reference consensus standards
• Twenty-nine hepatitis B cases in NJ were tied to one doctor
• Infections may speed Alzheimer's memory loss
• Dr. William Kohn was named director of the CDC Division of Oral Health
• A study concluded the N95 respirators protected hospital workers better
than surgical masks against flu
• An analysis of international TB treatment guidelines found gaps
• Dangerous bacteria were identified from showerheads
• Periodontal disease was linked to head and neck cancer
• The UN estimated that 4 million people are now on AIDS drugs
• C. difficile is on the rise due to a "gene switch”
• Each year more than one half million children experience adverse reactions to medications

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