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News Summary for March 2011

During the month of March 2011, there were a total of 339 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

  • The UN released a report assessing the global HIV/AIDS response
  • Japan experienced a major earthquake and tsunami that resulted in a nuclear radiation crisis
  • The US reported the lowest tuberculosis rates since 1953
  • Drug resistance was acknowledged as a major obstacle in the global fight against tuberculosis

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

  • HHS launched a new consumer-focused immunization Website
  • An editorial published in the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases noted that America's most distressed areas are threatened by emerging infections of poverty
  • A study concluded that better cleaning in the ICU reduces MRSA infection rates
  • Flu activity declined in the northern hemisphere
  • A report highlighted the shortage of HIV care providers in the US
  • Minnesota experienced an outbreak of measles
  • Researchers predicted a high 2011 cholera toll in Haiti
  • There was a call for US healthcare facilities to improve hand hygiene compliance
  • Researchers linked a specific protein to head and neck cancer
  • The US life expectancy surpassed 78 years, a new record
  • Researchers found that orthodontic retainers harbored pathogenic bacteria
  • A survey of the US public found strong support for programs to address healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs)
  • Research reported that Varicella shedding was detected a month after Zoster vaccination
  • Infection control problems at a VA dental clinic remained in the news
  • The potential hazard of zinc to dental patients remained in the news

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