A summary of important health news from the past week.
25% of all overdoses are from heroin
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of drug overdoses in 2015 were associated with heroin. This illustrates a vast increase from 1999, when only 6% of overdoses were associated with heroin. In 2015, 60% of deaths attributed to overdoses were opioid-related, a 10% increase from 2010.
While calls to repeal the ACA were loud throughout the campaign, there is a great deal of uncertainty with how to proceed with a replacement. Trump stated that he would provide "healthcare for everybody," but more recent news has suggested that healthcare coverage might be cut.
A new study suggests that antibiotic resistant bacteria may grow in sink drains in hospitals. This bacteria can cause serious problems, as an outbreak killed 11 people between 2011 and 2012 at the National Institute of Health Clinical Center. Experts say that an improved sink design could prevent bacteria growth.
A Medicine That Blunts The Buzz Of Alcohol Can Help Drinkers Cut Back
Naltrexone, a drug most commonly associated with the treatment of opioid addiction, is also useful for alcohol abuse by reducing cravings and, thus, heavy drinking. The use of this medication can be preferable to traditional in-patient programs because they do not result in the same kind of disruption to life or stigma.
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