STAT – Life expectancy in the U.S. is falling — and drug overdose deaths are soaring

Life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for the second year in a row, the first time it’s dropped for two consecutive years in more than half a century. People born in the U.S. in 2016 could expect to live 78.6 years on average, down from 78.7 the year before, according to a new report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New York Times – Unless Congress acts, nearly 2 million children could lose health coverage in January

If Congress does not renew federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, more than 1.9 million children in 23 states could lose health coverage in January, according to a new analysis by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.

BBC – Yemen cholera cases reach one million – ICRC

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen has reached one million, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says. At least 2,226 people are believed to have died of the disease since April, although the number of new cases has declined for 14 consecutive weeks.

CNN – Opioids now kill more people than breast cancer

More than 63,600 lives were lost to drug overdose in 2016, the most lethal year yet of the drug overdose epidemic, according to a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.