During the month of March 2009, there were a total of 239 links to news items posted on Newsflash.
The top news areas included:
• The nationwide outbreak of Salmonella in the US remained in the news
• Avian influenza remained in the news. A study concluded that influenza A/H1N1 viruses have become resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu). There was a call for the development of more medicines to fight a flu pandemic.
• The NIH is seeking applications for $100 million in dental research funds
• The Director-General of WHO warned that the economic crisis may worsen disease threats
• World TB Day was observed. The WHO issued a pessimistic global tuberculosis report. WHO doubled the number of people with HIV and TB. The WHO stated that some ventilation and sunshine could go a long way in reducing the threat of TB in hospitals and prisons. The MMWR published an analysis of TB trends in the US for 2008.
• The MMWR published Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents
Other noteworthy areas of interest include:
• Officials voiced concern that free antibiotics may contribute to drug resistance
• Evidence-based research continued to link poor oral hygiene to ventilator-associated pneumonia
• A study on the bacterial contamination of health care workers white coats was published
• Dental Assistants Recognition Week was observed
• The NIDCR launched a new Spanish language Web site
• The nasal flu vaccine was found to be less effective in adults
• The ADA launched a new evidence-based dentistry Web site
• A published report warned that public health funding is uneven
• Several whooping cough outbreaks were reported in the US
• E-prescribing by US doctors is expected to soar according to a federal report
• Three percent of the DC population was reported to be living with HIV or AIDS