Reuters – Opioid crisis trims U.S. life expectancy, boosts hepatitis C: CDC

The opioid crisis is rippling through the U.S. healthcare system, causing a spike in rates of hepatitis C related to increased opioid injections and reducing overall life expectancy among Americans, which has fallen for the second year in a row, U.S. health officials said on Thursday.

The Washington Post – One million people have caught cholera in Yemen. You should be outraged.

Recently, the story of Yemen has been told in statistics: A brutal campaign of airstrikes by Saudi Arabia has killed 10,000. Eight million people — one-third of the population — are teetering on the brink of famine. Eighty percent of the country lacks access to food, fuel, clean water and health care.

New York Times – Obamacare sign-ups at high levels despite trump saying it’s ‘imploding’

The Trump administration said Thursday that 8.8 million people had signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace, a surprisingly large number only slightly lower than the total in the last open enrollment period, which was twice as long and heavily advertised.

HealthDay – Obamacare helped more Americans spot cancer early

Obamacare has likely saved lives by increasing the number of cancers caught at an early stage, a new study suggests. States that participate in the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid have experienced an increase in overall cancer diagnoses, particularly early stage diagnoses, compared with states that rejected expansion, researchers found.

VICE – How the GOP tax bill could lead to more opioid overdoses

President Donald Trump called the tax bill passed Wednesday by Congress “an incredible Christmas gift for hardworking Americans.” But according to a trio of researchers who study the opioid crisis, it’s a gift that could end up killing thousands of people.