Good Health News from 2016

The past year brought news of Zika and the devastating birth defects associated with the virus, the increasing opioid epidemic and the skyrocketing death toll from overdoses, and a number of other "bad news" health stories. However, there was some good news about health in 2016 to report as well.

Perhaps the best news of all when it comes to health: the trend toward fewer smokers in the U.S. continued, as the number of people who smoke fell to record lows this year. The smoking decline, as well as the development of new immunotherapy drugs, contributed to more good news in 2016: improving cancer rates—although cancer remains the 2nd leading cause of death in the U.S.

Other good news this year: teen pregnancy rates are lower and researchers may have found a way to protect children from life-threatening peanut allergies. The year was also an exciting one in the fight against infectious diseases. There's new hope for an HIV vaccine currently being tested and an Ebola vaccine proved effective in Africa.

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Sourced from: The Washington Post