- Ever wonder whose job it is to go around during war to pull people from the rubble and provide emergency care? meet the white helmet brigade in Syria.
- Does the Zika virus actually cause Microencephaly or reduced brain sizes in children? This week a recent report describes attempts to review everything we know so far on the relationship between the Zika virus and Microencephaly .
- Also related: the first Emergency Zika test has been approved by the FDA – this is happening just as the first Zika related death has been reported in the U.S territory.
- NASA has joined in the fight to control the Zika virus by providing a potential visualization map of the potential spread of Zika virus in the U.S.
- In mental health related news this week, the CDC just released a report showing a spike in suicide rates has reached a 30 year high. Naturally this report raises the question, how do you help someone who is at risk for suicide?
- The Syrian Crises has opened a new chapter with the siege of Aleppo. In this last incident, the central hospital providing care to the region was blown up, killing several patients and hospital workers including the only pediatric physician in the region.
- Free timed races coming soon. Whereas timed races in the city have traditionally cost $50.00 a person, this summer, runners won’t have to sweat paying to lace up for a series of new runs at three Chicago neighborhood parks.
- The Illinois Department of Public health this week confirmed the tenth case of Zika virus in Illinois.
- A recent study by Professor Ruchi Gupta of Northwestern published this week in Pediatrics found that food-allergic children from households that earn less than $50,000 a year incur 2.5 times the cost of emergency room visits and hospital stays compared with their peers from families that are in a higher-income bracket.
By Osefame Ewaleifoh