The Complexity of Simply Searching for Medical Advice

In the first few hours of a newborn’s life, doctors administer a vitamin K shot. This is because infants are born without enough of the vitamin, and the newborn needs a boost to prevent any potential bleeding. This is a routine practice–ask your pediatrician, your obstetrician, or the CDC. “Babies are born with very low…

New CDC maps indicate over 1 in 5 U.S. adults is obese in every state

A girl stands on a scale( shown in kilograms, let’s hope !)Image: UIG via Getty Images There is no state in the U.S. where less than 20 percent of the adults are obese, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. In four particular countries Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia over 35 percent…

It’s Not Just White People: Heroin Overdose Deaths Have Tripled Among African-Americans

WASHINGTON — There are very few places in the United States not affected by the opioid epidemic. Across the country, there have been spikes in overdose demises and treatment facilities overwhelmed with demand. Although whites have been most acutely affected, the epidemic is also making the African-American community hard. Frontline reports that among African-Americans, heroin…

New Elizabethkingia cluster found in Illinois

( CNN) A new cluster of Elizabethkingia infection, previously rarely seen in humans, has been found in Illinois, health officials said Wednesday. Testing by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the Elizabethkingia anophelis infection in 10 Illinois residents, in agreement with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Six of those individuals have…