STAT – Overdose deaths have fallen for six months. Is it temporary or a sign of a corner turned?

The number of fatal drug overdoses nationwide has fallen for six consecutive months, fueling hopes that the downturn marks not just a reprieve but a long-lasting shift in the tide of the addiction crisis.

NPR – Microplastics are turning up everywhere, even in human excrement

Microplastics have been found in human stool samples from countries in many parts of the world, according to a small pilot study being presented this week at the 26th annual United European Gastroenterology conference in Vienna, Austria.

CBS News – Not exercising may be even more deadly than smoking, diabetes, heart disease, study finds

New research finds not exercising or getting very little exercise is just as bad as many other known risk factors associated with death, including high blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, heart disease and smoking — and in some cases, not exercising appears to be even worse.

The Guardian – Overuse of antibiotics ‘risks return to dark ages of life-threatening surgery’

Public Health England (PHE) published a report showing that 3 million common surgical procedures, including caesarean sections and hip replacements, could be hazardous in a future where hospital-acquired infections have become resistant to the antibiotics we have to treat them.

CBS News – 155 cases of polio-like illness now under investigation, CDC says

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that there are 155 patients under investigation this year for acute flaccid myelitis, a condition that that can cause paralysis and mostly affects children.