During the month of March 2017, there were a total of 165 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.
The top news areas included:
• World Tuberculosis Day was observed. Tuberculosis has shown a decline in the US and Europe, but issues remain. Warnings were issued about drug-resistant tuberculosis.
• CDC is monitoring a small outbreak of a drug-resistant fungal infection in Massachusetts
• Patient Safety Awareness Week was observed
• A surge in human cases of deadly bird flu in China prompted an alarm
• WHO swapped H1N1 for the 2017-18 flu vaccine, recommending 2 new H7N9 viruses
• WHO launched a global effort to halve medication-related errors in 5 years
• The National Academies of Sciences issued A National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C: Phase Two Report
Other noteworthy areas of interest include:
• Zika virus remained in the news. A Phase 2 Zika vaccine trial began in the US, Central and South America. CDC reported 7 more babies born with Zika defects.
• CDC said that the US flu season had likely peaked
• An Annual Report to the Nation said that US cancer death rates continue to decline
• The US Labor Department proposed a delay to the beryllium rule effective date
• Hepatitis was linked to a Parkinson’s Disease risk
• Researchers found a potential link between chemical disinfectants and sanitizers and thyroid cancer
• Foam soap may not measure up to liquid soap
• Effective one-shot vaccination of newborns moves closer to reality
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