A summary of important health news from the past week.
From ‘Repeal’ to ‘Repair’: Campaign Talk on Health Law Meets Reality
Town Hall style meetings across the country are bringing out concerned individuals from all parties given the current uncertainty for healthcare coverage in the US. While there is a promise of repealing the ACA, there is not yet a detailed replacement plan. The implementation of any replacement will likely take years, leaving markets, and consumers, uncertain.
Overdose cases spike in Louisville: 52 calls in 32 hours
The number of reported overdoses in Louisville, Kentucky doubled this past week. Between Wednesday and Friday emergency services responded to over 52 calls, more than twice the number of calls the region had during the same period the previous week. Officials continue to see patterns of overdoses that occur in groups. This event calls further attention to the growing opioid epidemic.
Listeria fears prompt Sargento cheese recall
Sargento cheese recalled several of its cheese products due to fears of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Listeria monocytogenes cause Listeriosis, an infection that can result in fever, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal issues. While no confirmed cases have been reported, officials warned consumers to be cautious and check their cheese product labels.
9 up-and-coming healthy fast food chains that should scare McDonald's
There is a growing movement for healthier fast food throughout the country. Several existing fast food chains have responded, however there are now new chains popping up. For now, these fast food restaurants are regional, but are increasingly popular. This article describes nine of these restaurants.
Breaking research could help to combat rise in drivers impaired by edible marijuana consumption
As the number of marijuana-associated traffic accidents increases with the legalization of medical marijuana in some states, there is an growing need for a convenient way to test drivers' levels of THC. Researchers have found that on-site saliva testing devices can successfully detect THC in drivers who have consumed edibles, but that these devices need lower cutoff points to optimize their efficacy.
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