A summary of important health news from the past week.
Florida health officials confirm local Zika transmission
This first U.S. local mosquito-transmitted cases of Zika has been reported in Miami-Dade county in Florida. The four cases seem to be all from a small area within the same zip code in downtown Miami. Previous cases have been sexually transmitted.
Obama pointing to strides in veterans' health care
When President Obama address the annual convention of the Disabled Veterans of America he will announce two main gains in veteran health. The first is that veteran homelessness has been reduced by half and the second is that half a million veterans have signed up to participate in a long-term veteran health study designed to foster tailored treatment. Despite these gains, they are still both short of projected success.
The United States and Britain are teaming up in CARB-X, or Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator, to fight antibiotic resistance. The effort will be led by the U.S. Health and Human Services and Britain's Wellcome Trust and include other academic and nongovernmental organizations. The effort will initially be focused on superbugs the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified as urgent public health threats.
Hour's activity 'offsets sedentary day'
In the wake of recent research showing that sitting for long periods of time has significant health effects, researchers are now saying that an hour of exercise a day can offset these effects. This can include brisk walking, however is higher than previous exercise recommendations.
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