The Zika virus outbreak is listed among the top public health issues tackled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the agency’s year in review report. Researchers worked diligently to develop tests that could more quickly detect the disease, particularly among pregnant women, to minimize the risk of related microcephaly in newborns. The CDC’s overview of its top public health undertakings in 2016 also included efforts to prevent antibiotic resistance in both healthcare settings and communities, better detect and stem the spread of pathogens such as Legionnaires’ disease, continue decreasing smoking rates, and slow the rise in prescription opioid overdoses which took the lives of more than 15,000 Americans in 2015 alone.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) remained committed to making clinical advances in blood pressure management, age-related macular degeneration, and malaria in 2016, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved novel drug applications at a record-breaking pace.
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