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Fewer Americans die from these chronic killers, but overdoses rise

Published: Nov 18, 2016

By Lisa Greene


Fewer Americans are dying from heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

That’s the good news, says the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bad news? More Americans are dying from drug overdoses.

The rising tide of overdose deaths has prompted U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy to issue an unprecedented report on fighting substance abuse, reports Scientific American.

The World Health Organization no longer considers Zika a global health emergency, reports the Washington Post.  But the group says the battle against Zika demands long-term solutions and remains just as critical.

Meanwhile, in Miami, health officials are considering releasing mosquitoes that have been dusted with bacteria in order to lower the species’ ability to transmit the virus, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

Electronic cigarettes may be just as bad for your teeth and gums as regular cigarettes, reports CBS News.

And finally, in New York City, scientists have successfully grossed everyone out by categorizing the types of bacteria and “yucky stuff” found on the city’s ATM keypads, reports the Washington Post. The study was published by the American Society for Microbiology in the journal mSphere.

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