America celebrates top 10 health advances


THERE are plenty of bad-news stories about public health – from rampant obesity to anti-vaccine activists. But there’s good news too: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 10 “great achievements” from the past 10 years show why spending on public health is worth it. Topping its list come a quintet of vaccines. Since 2001 the US has introduced or expanded the use of vaccines for diarrhoea-causing rotavirus, bacterial meningitis, chickenpox, pneumococcus and the virus that causes cervical cancer. Ram Koppaka at the CDC says that the pneumococcus vaccine alone saved 13,
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