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4 Your Health: predictions from the world of medicine for 2018

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As we enter the new year, there are some promising and troubling stories to watch out for in 2018.

Look for advancements in targeted breast cancer treatments.

These drugs attack specific pathways in cancer cells and are already on the market for ovarian cancer. There is now hope the FDA will approve them for use in breast cancer treatment in 2018.

Studies show the treatments have extended the length of time women live without their cancer worsening.

The rise of superbugs and infections

There will be a continued focus on superbugs and antibiotic-resistant infections.

The Centers For Disease control will unveil a new containment plan, in April, outlining how to detect and respond to these infections. 

Antibiotic-resistant infections sicken about two-million Americans every year and cause an estimated 23,000 deaths.

Weak vaccine for flu

Expect the flu to make headlines this winter.

This year's vaccine does not seem to be a good match for the most common circulating strain, so protection may not be adequate.

Measles return

There is also concern about measles outbreaks, especially in Texas.That's because of an increase in parents exempting their children from vaccines in the state.

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