During the month of January 2010, there were a total of 249 links to news items posted on Newsflash.
The top news areas included:
The H1N1 pandemic remained in the news. The WHO declared that the flu pandemic was easing, but risks remained. By mid-January, only one state (Alabama) still had widespread pandemic flu. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued a report on the impacts of the pandemic. It was noted that a mandatory influenza vaccination campaign could successfully increase vaccination rates for healthcare workers.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) published in the MMWR the 2010 recommended immunization schedules for adults and persons aged 0-18 years
The IOM urged action on hepatitis citing that the public health community is not doing enough to deal with hepatitis B and C
German scientists developed a new fast acting disinfectant that is effective against bacteria, viruses, and other microbes.
Other noteworthy areas of interest include:
National Influenza Vaccination Week was observed January 10-16
Hospitals could stop infections by tackling the bacteria that patients bring in, studies concluded
The US lifted its restriction on the visa's of HIV positive foreigners
OSHA announced that it is considering airborne infectious disease protection for healthcare workers and will publish a request for information
The chemical BPA was linked to heart disease risk
A study concluded that bacterial contamination associated with home laundered surgical scrubs is significantly greater than other options
The CDC launched a viral hepatitis action coalition
The EPA continued to back the ADA voluntary best management practices for amalgam waste
US scientist developed a new class of drugs that appear to block the hepatitis C virus
The ADHA announced its launch of a new dental hygiene survey/research center
It was declared that the emergence of a new strain of drug resistant HIV could one day be a threat
OSHA released its updated workplace injury and illness information (1996-2007)
The Gates Foundation made a $10 billion vaccine pledge