Health Stories that Marked 2017

Written by Dr. Ahmed Zayed
Health Stories

Most people will remember 2017 as the year of scandalous decisions made by Trump’s administration and chain of events they caused throughout the world. Hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist attacks, aren’t the only events that made headlines. The field of health and medicine was very prolific in 2017 and it’s time to discuss the most talked about news and stories.

Attempts to repeal Obamacare

Ever since he stepped into the White House Donald Trump had one goal only – to repeal and cancel everything that Obama signed regardless of how it would affect Americans, including his voters. The 45th President of the United States already destroyed a number of Obama’s decision, but he keeps struggling with Obamacare repeal.

With a new tax code[1] that was proposed by Trump and Republicans, Obamacare will take a huge hit. Contrary to Trump’s statements that the Affordable Care Act is gone and the fact that nearly a third of Americans[2] believe in it, Obamacare is alive but vulnerable.

New tax law removes the individual mandate, a key component of the Affordable Care Act that required all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a fine. This isn’t close to repeal, but analysts explain it could influence the way this law works.

Opioid Crisis

In October 2017, President Trump declared the opioid crisis to be a natural public health emergency. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse[3], more than 90 Americans die every day after overdosing on opioids. About 21% to 29% of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them and 80% of heroin users started with prescription opioids first.

Trump said[4] the US is currently dealing with the worst drug crisis in history and one of the goals of his administration is to end this epidemic. A part of the fight against opioid crisis is the placement of ad campaigns targeting young population to educate them and ensure they are aware of all dangers that opioids can cause.

Update In Blood Pressure Guidelines

The American Heart Organization released the new set of blood pressure guidelines that automatically made millions of Americans “suffer” from hypertension or high blood pressure. The latest guidelines suggest that high blood pressure should be treated at 130/80, which has been considered a perfectly normal measure before. The previous guidelines considered 140/90 as high blood pressure.

Coffee Lovers Live Longer

Coffee Lovers

In July 2017, two studies confirmed that coffee has been unfairly demonized for years. They found that people who drink at least three cups of coffee a day tend to live longer than persons who don’t drink coffee at all. The analyses demonstrated that coffee lovers have healthier lives, better glucose control, and 18% lower mortality risk.

Bearing in mind that both studies found benefits of coffee were evident in both people who drank caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, they concluded that benefits of this beverage don’t depend on caffeine alone.

First-Ever US Baby Born From Transplanted Uterus

December 2017 witnessed a major breakthrough[5] in medicine and science as for the first time in the US, a woman without a uterus gave birth to a baby. A registered nurse from Dallas area donated her uterus to the woman who later gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby boy. The little fellow is the first US baby and ninth infant in the world to be born from a transplanted uterus.

Other News

  • WHO warns the world is running out of antibiotics that could resist common bacteria
  • 26-year-old woman gives birth[6] to a baby from an embryo frozen 25 years ago
  • 13 Reasons Why show became an instant success, but it was widely criticized for glorifying suicide
  • Scientists discover that marital status is linked to heart disease risk, unmarried persons more likely to develop or die due to heart-related issues
  • The US scientists find[7] that inflammation-reducing drugs, canakinumab, can reduce the risk of heart attacks and delay progression of cancer

Conclusion:

From efforts to repeal Obamacare to a first-ever US baby born from a transplanted uterus, 2017 was a turbulent year that witnessed a number of health and medicine-related events. It’s safe to say that 2018 won’t be an exception either.

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This Article Has Been Published on January 2, 2018 and Last Modified on December 11, 2018

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Ahmed believes in providing knowledgeable information to readers. Other than his passion for writing, currently he is working as a Plastic surgeon and is doing his masters at Ain Shams University. You can connect with him on Linkedin.

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