The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined top health stories in 2016 and what’s to come in 2017.
1. Pregnancy and Zika
In addition to several other initiatives, the CDC concluded that Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly and other severe birth defects and developed two diagnostic tests for Zika.
2. Antibiotic Resistance
Through CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative, the agency is transforming the nation’s capacity to further detect, respond, and prevent antibiotic-resistant threats across healthcare settings and in communities to protect Americans and save lives.
This year the CDC updated guidelines on HPV vaccinations in an effort to make it easier to protect adolescents from cancer.
4. Prescription Drug Overdose
This year, CDC issued the Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to reduce risk of opioid addiction and overdose.
5. Global Health Security
In 2016, CDC made critical advances toward global health security.
6. Tobacco Use
Adult cigarette smoking is down in 2016. In 2017, CDC will launch the next round of compelling and effective Tips From Former Smokers™ ads to help people quit and save lives.
7. Rapid Response
In 2016, CDC employed AMD to sequence the DNA of pathogens (i.e., bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi) and plug that information into supercomputers to quickly detect molecular patterns that help us understand diseases and their spread.