NPR – White House To Request $1 Billion For Cancer ‘Moonshot’
President Obama plans to ask Congress for $755 million in cancer-research funding as part of his 2017 budget, according to the White House.
That would bring the funding total to nearly $1 billion over the next two years to accelerate what the president called a “moonshot” to try to eliminate cancer. Congress has already approved $195 million in research funding in 2016.

Chicago Tribune – Pediatricians recommend newly improved HPV vaccine for 11-year-olds
The country’s leading doctors on Monday issued annual recommendations for childhood and adolescent immunizations, including that 11-year-olds get a newly improved HPV vaccine that has the ability to prevent more strains of cancer-causing human papillomavirus infections.
Nine years after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other leading physicians groups first advised that children be immunized against HPV, which is most commonly transmitted through sexual contact, the vaccine is still largely unused. And local pediatricians say persuading parents to approve the vaccine for their children is an ongoing challenge.

CNN – Zika virus sparks ‘public health emergency’
The World Health Organization declared a “public health emergency of international concern” Monday over the Zika virus and the health problems that doctors fear it is causing.
The agency said the emergency is warranted because of how fast the mosquito-borne virus is spreading and its suspected link to an alarming spike in babies born with abnormally small heads — a condition called microcephaly — in Brazil and French Polynesia.

The New York Times – Your Team Made the Super Bowl? Better Get a Flu Shot
If your home team is playing in the Super Bowl (looking at you, Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers fans), the parties you attend could give you more than just heartburn, a hangover or temporary psychological discomfort.
They could give you the flu.