All the Ways in Which Being Poor or Uneducated Will Kill You Quicker

Hamilton Nolan · 05/16/12 03:16PM

The CDC has released its big huge annual report about this nation in which we live (America), and how our health is, here (in America). A special highlight this year is a detailed look at exactly how being poor and/ or uneducated will screw your health. (In addition to your sociopolitical status and fundamental sense of human dignity.) Don't like being disadvantaged? Don't worry, you'll die soon. A rundown:

Hypervirulent Poop Bacteria Is the Hot New Cause of Death

Hamilton Nolan · 03/15/12 09:13AM

A new study from the CDC finds that deaths from gastoenteritis—"inflammation of the stomach and intestines that causes vomiting and diarrhea"—more than doubled between 1999 and 2007, to more than 17,000 per year. The majority of those deaths were due to hypervirulent strains of Clostridium difficile.

Michele Bachmann's Curious Tale of Vaccination Gone Wrong

Jim Newell · 09/13/11 11:10AM

Michele Bachmann finally found an attack line to wrest ultraconservative support from Rick Perry last night: That he mandated vaccinations against HPV for "innocent little girls," by executive order, to help his campaign contributors. Good for Michele!...??? But it's the anecdote about the vaccine leaving one girl mentally retarded that really makes this somethin' else.

There's Now a Pill That Decreases the Transmission of HIV

Brian Moylan · 07/13/11 03:05PM

Two new studies prove that if HIV-negative people take anti-HIV medication they're substantially less likely to contract the virus that causes AIDS. Don't get too excited, gays: It's only proven for heteros.

'Catastrophic' Super Gonorrhea Threatens American Genitals

Maureen O'Connor · 04/26/11 11:31AM

According to the CDC, close to a quarter of strains of gonorrhea in America were resistant to penicillin and other commonly used antibiotics in 2009. In 2010, some strains were also resistant to all drugs doctors have to treat the clap. Will a great clap plague kill us all? Here's the New York Daily News' summary of the "catastrophic" possibilities:

Check Out Some Hot Teen Sex (Survey Results)

Max Read · 06/04/10 01:40AM

The Center for Disease Control has released the results of a survey about birth control and pregnancy given to almost 3,000 teens between the ages of 15 and 19. What did they find out?