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News Summary for April 2014

During the month of April 2014, there were a total of 249 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • The first UN report on antibiotic resistance was released and it revealed a ‘serious threat’ to global public health
  • MERS remained in the news as it spread to new countries
  • Measles is at its highest level in the US in more than 20 years
  • The CDC said that vaccines have prevented more than 700,000 child deaths in the US
  • The UN launched its global immunization campaign
  • The CDC issued a report on effective strategies for reducing health disparities
  • WHO issued its first hepatitis C treatment guidelines
  • HHS released an updated viral hepatitis action plan

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • The FDA has issued a warning about the use of extra strength acetaminophen
  • An Ohio measles outbreak was confirmed
  • US mumps outbreaks remained in the news
  • The FDA released draft e-cigarette regulations
  • Homes have been identified as reservoirs for the superbug MRSA
  • The whooping cough bacterium has undergone change in Australia
  • HHS issued a new Cultural Competency Curriculum for Oral Health Professionals
  • CDC sees little overall progress on foodborne infections
  • Human Papillomavirus Prevalence in Oropharyngeal Cancer before Vaccine Introduction, United States was released
  • Scientists have embarked on an unprecedented effort to connect millions of patient medical records 
  • National Autism Month was observed
  • Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Month was observed
  • An Ebola outbreak in Africa made the news
  • World Health Day was observed

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