During the month of February 2010, there were a total of 230 links to news items posted on Newsflash.
The top news areas included:
•A major earthquake occurred in Haiti
•H1N1 influenza remained in the news. CDC urged continued vigilance and vaccination. Progress was slow in moving surplus H1N1 vaccines to needy countries. The CDC estimated that H1N1 made 57 million Americans ill. Later in the month, a Pittsburgh study revised the number upward to at least 63 million.
•The WHO (World Health Organization) picked the pandemic strain for the next seasonal flu vaccine
•SHEA (The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America) released new guidelines pertaining to the management of healthcare workers infected with hepatitis, HIV
•The IOM (Institute of Medicine) issued recommendations to prevent HBV and HCV infections
Other noteworthy areas of interest include:
•US healthcare spending grew 5.7% in 2009. The recession and flu contributed to the increase.
•US H1N1 vaccine uptake was estimated at 75 million
•Efforts are needed to boost adult immunizations for those age 65 years and older. One third of that population is not vaccinated against pneumonia.
•The 2011 OSHA budget includes increased focus upon enforcement
•The 2011 federal budget also boosts food safety and biodefense
•A study concluded that dentists may now be able to screen patients for chronic illnesses
•Safety check list developed at Johns Hopkins was credited with keeping bloodstream infections near zero in Michigan
•A British medical journal retracted its 1998 paper linking autism to vaccines
•Experts concluded that 40% of cancers are preventable
•OSHA proposed recordkeeping changes to improve illness data that is collected
•There were more than 1,000 cases of mumps reported in the New York/New Jersey area
•Pandemic spread was linked to gaps in paid sick leave
•Humidity was found to be a key factor in US flu outbreaks
•The US is examining the possible effects of bisphenol A
•Egypt's H5N1 flu cases topped 100
•Researchers recommended that HIV and TB be treated together
•The UN declared that there is an urgent need to address e-wastes in developing countries
•In 2006, infections acquired in hospitals killed 48,000 US patients