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News Summary For March 2017
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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