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News Summary For April 2016

During the month of April 2016, there were a total of 216 links to news items posted on Daily Updates.

The top news areas included:

• Zika virus remained in the news. The FDA approved emergency use for the first commercial Zika test. The first Zika virus-related death was reported in the US in Puerto Rico. The White House called for action on Zika funds.
• Measles and Mumps outbreaks in the US were in the news
• The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a new report on eliminating Hepatitis B and C in the US
• The MMWR printed an article on Mycobacterium abscessus infections among patients of a pediatric dentistry practice
• World Health Day was observed
• The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment was released
• National Public Health Week was observed

Other noteworthy areas of interest include:

• A new Pew Chaitable Trust report concluded that antibiotic stewardship programs lower infections and improve care
• Norovirus is a costly bug
• MERS remained in the news
• Hepatitis C has been linked to a higher risk of head and neck cancers
• World Immunization Week 2016 was observed
• World Malaria Day was observed
• A GAO report found that many US agencies have gaps in lab safety policies
• The American College of Physicians called for global climate action
• CDC said that a mild flu season was winding down and that the end is in sight
• Researchers found that Dengue affects 58 million and costs $9 billion a year
• A US study found no decline in overall youth tobacco use since 2011
• Handwashing gets skipped a third of the time in outpatient healthcare according to a new study
• The six-step hand-washing technique was found most effective for reducing bacteria
• 1 in 6 new US HIV cases are people older than the age of 50

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