The Centers for Disease Control are warning the public about a "credible" fear: A new wave of drug-resistant germs that could endanger America's health. But why? According to the CDC, much of it is due to American health care and livestock habits.
This year, the U.S. government started a program for health-care innovators. One innovator, Diane Curly is treating obesity like any other disease or addiction and trains nurses to talk to patients about treatment.
Slate has produced a sobering time lapse animation showing the inexorable spread of diabetes across America.
The rise in diabetes is, of course, linked to the rising rates of obesity across America. But what's truly stunning is just how prevalent the disease has become, and how meteoric the growth rates are. Here's what the country looks like on a county-by-county basis in 2004.