A summary of important health news from the past week.
Very hot drinks are 'probably carcinogenic'
Although researchers and now stating that coffee is not likely to cause cancer, a recent review study states that hot beverages may be carcinogenic. Drinks that are more than 65 degrees Celsius (149 Farhenheit) are linked with cancer of the esophagus. This is slightly hotter than water coming out of the faucet, which is typically 60 degrees Celsius (140 Farhenheit), and can burn the tongue
Doctors' Group Backs Later School Start Times
The American Medical Association (AMA) is recommending that middle and high schools start at 8:30 am. This recommendation is aimed to help reduce sleep deprivation, which experts say can improve overall health and academic performance. Current research shows that only 32% of American teens get 8 hours of sleep on school nights.
Seven-day nurses strike starts at five Twin Cities hospitals
Over 4,000 nurses from give Twin Cities Allina hospitals walked out on a 7 day strike to protest the insistence from Allina that they switch from their union backed health insurance plan and switch to company plans used by other Allina employees. Replacement workers have been brought in to care for patients during the strike.
Despite Overdose Epidemic, Georgia Caps The Number Of Opioid Treatment Clinics
Georgia has put a one year moratorium on issuing license to clinics that dispense drugs to treat opioid addition, such as methadone and buprenorphine. Senator Jeff Mullins (R) states that the reason for the moratorium is to figure out why there are so many drug-treatment clinics in Georgia, which he says patients from other states are traveling to. There are 67 treatment centers in Georgia, as compared to only 12 in Tennessee, 24 in Alabama, and 1 in Mississippi. There were 1,200 overdose deaths in Georgia in 2014.
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