Nation’s Premature Birthrate on the Rise

The largest contributor of infant death in the U.S. is on the rise again for the second year in a row after nearly a decade of decline. 2016 saw that rise of preterm birth, or birth before 35 weeks of pregnancy, in states across the country, earning the nation a “C” grade on the latest March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card. [read more…]

A health forum on D.C.'s opioid crisis is held in Howard University's Cramton Auditorium in northwest D.C. on Nov. 2. (Roy Lewis/The Washington Informer)

Opioid Epidemic Hits D.C. Hard

With the number of opioid overdoses in the District nearly tripling over the past two years and showing greater impacts on Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8, legislative and health care professionals met for a symposium at Howard University on Nov. 2 to discuss how to stem the tide. [read more…]