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CDC Science Clips: October 1 - October 5, 2012

Vol. 4, Issue: 40, 10/9/12

This week's "top ten" article listing begins with a review of the twenty most important injury prevention innovations of the past twenty years, authored by HC Kress and colleagues as part of a series of articles recognizing the twentieth anniversary of the CDC injury prevention center. Keeping the focus on injury, VG Coronado et al describe trends in traumatic brain injury occurrence and response from 1995-2009.

Influenza, HIV and the intersection of the two infections feature prominently this week. JJ Treanor and collaborators note moderate effectiveness of the 2010-2011 influenza vaccine during a season when all three vaccine-included strains were circulating. A group of articles focused on the past and future of the PEPFAR program includes WM El-Sadr's summary of antiretroviral therapy and related care provided by the program, which has reached 13 million persons. An analysis led by C Cohen finds that adults with AIDS experience excess influenza-related mortality in both the United States and South Africa.

Two articles this week concern the broad field of patient safety in healthcare settings. A systematic review and meta-analysis first authored by SR Snyder finds strong evidence that barcoding is effective in reducing patient specimen and laboratory testing identification errors. S Kidd and CDC colleagues warn of the coming of "untreatable" multi-resistant gonorrhea and provide recommended actions for clinicians, public health professionals, and policymakers.

Accomplishments and challenges in global health conclude the featured articles this week. JN Borchert and colleagues note efficacy of indoor residual spraying for controlling potentially plague-carrying fleas in a study conducted in Uganda, raising the possibility of controlling multiple types of vectorborne diseases with a single intervention. Elimination of onchocerciasis from a focal area in Guatemala is demonstrated and declared by N Cruz-Ortiz et al, writing in the Journal of Parasitology Research. According to data published by BA King, SA Mirza, and SD Babb, findings from 14 low and middle-income countries involved in the Global Adult Tobacco Survey indicate high levels of exposure to secondhand smoke in homes and workplaces, suggesting the need for broad policy and educational interventions.

John Iskander

Editor, Science Clips

  1. Top Ten Articles of the Week
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  2. CDC Authored Publications
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  3. Public Health Articles Noted in the Media
    Articles about important public health topics that have been mentioned in the press.

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