A summary of important health news from the past week.
US organ transplants increased nearly 20% in five years
There was an increase in organ transplants in the United States during 2016. In total, there were 33,606 organ transplants in 2016, a 19.8% increase since 2012. 82% of the organ transplants involved deceased donors, while 18% involved living donors.
After the Senate voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the House vote agreed with a 227 to 198 majority that split tightly along party lines. While many law makers are worried that there is no current plan to replace the ACA, the first steps toward a repeal have been made.
First flu-related death in Georgia this season reported
Last week, Georgia's Department of Public Health confirm the first flu-related death in the state during the current flu season. The deceased was an elderly patient with multiple ailments. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) list Georgia as one of four state in which the flu is most severe; the others being Oklahoma, Oregon, and New Jersey.
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