Despite strong declines in the rate of tobacco smoking over the past 25 years, one out of every four men still smoke daily, as do one out of every 20 women. In a new analysis from the Global Burden of Disease study (GBD) published today (April 5, 2017) in The Lancet, authors discovered that the prevalence of daily smoking declined on a global scale – decreasing by 28% for men and 34% for women between 1990 and 2015.
April 5, 2017
April 3, 2017
Deaths among children and adolescents decreased worldwide from nearly 14.2 million deaths in 1990 to just over 7.2 million deaths in 2015 but this global progress has been uneven, according to a new article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.
February 7, 2017
The Eastern Mediterranean Region shows higher rates of mental health disorders than the rest of the world; women suffer disproportionately
A new study shows that the Eastern Mediterranean Region is witnessing an increase in chronic disorders, including mental illness.
January 25, 2017
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation boosts vital work of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) announced today the foundation’s commitment to invest $279 million in IHME to expand its work over the next decade.
January 10, 2017
The number of people in the world with high blood pressure has doubled in the past two decades, putting billions at an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease, according to a new analysis of findings from the latest Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study.
December 1, 2016
While cancer is the world’s second-leading cause of death after cardiovascular diseases, the chances of getting cancer and dying from it look radically different depending on where you live, according to a new analysis of 32 cancer groups in 195 countries or territories.
November 16, 2016
A new report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington highlights the substantial prevalence of diabetes in Africa. The report was launched at a Pan African World Diabetes Day Forum hosted by Novo Nordisk, a Danish pharmaceutical company and global leader in diabetes care, together with the Ministry of Health and the Royal Danish Embassy.
October 6, 2016
Improvements in sanitation, immunizations, indoor air quality, and nutrition have enabled children in poor countries to live longer over the past 25 years, according to a new scientific analysis of more than 300 diseases and injuries in 195 countries and territories.
September 28, 2016
A Filipino epidemiologist and professor has been awarded $100,000 for using health data to identify the most taxing health problems in the Philippines, helping his country expand health coverage and reduce the costs involved. The award is part of the annual Roux Prize offered by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research organization at the University of Washington in Seattle.
September 27, 2016
Though the rate of HIV/AIDS-related deaths in Namibia has decreased since its peak in 2005, in 2013 it remained the leading cause of death for all ages. In addition, while life expectancy in Namibia declined between 1990 and 2004 – largely due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic – it has rebounded. However, 2013 life expectancy for both sexes is slightly below 1990 levels. These findings come from a new report of Namibia health indicators.
September 21, 2016
Nations face challenges with overweight children and adult drinking, however many countries see progress in reducing maternal and child deaths
Expanded health coverage, greater access to family planning, and fewer deaths of newborns and children under the age of 5 are among several health improvements contributing to progress toward achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a new scientific study.
August 24, 2016
Improved health conditions and life expectancy over the past 20 years in the Eastern Mediterranean Region are being subverted by wars and civil unrest, according to a new scientific study.
July 22, 2016
International stroke prevention measures are not effective and need to change, say the authors of a study published in Nature Reviews Neurology
July 15, 2016
AIDS deaths are falling in most countries worldwide, but the rate of new infections increased in several countries over the past decade, threatening to undermine efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, a new scientific paper shows.
July 11, 2016
Since 1990, Kenya has made tremendous progress in addressing pressing health priorities such as maternal and child health, as well as communicable diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. This was noted in a report entitled “The Global Burden of Disease: Generating Evidence, Guiding Policy in Kenya,” which is the first of its kind in the country. The report was produced jointly by the International Center for Humanitarian Affairs and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
July 5, 2016
Study believed to be first-ever attempt to estimate burden of disease related to liver-related death and disability.
June 9, 2016
For the first time, environmental air pollution emerges as a leading risk factor for stroke worldwide
Environmental air pollution has emerged as a one of the leading risk factors for stroke worldwide, associated with a third of the global burden of stroke in 2013, according to a new study published in The Lancet Neurology.
May 9, 2016
The Lancet: Investing in adolescent health and well-being could transform global health for generations to come, says major report
Decades of neglect and chronic underinvestment have had serious detrimental effects on the health and well-being of adolescents aged 10–24 years, according to a major new Lancet Commission on adolescent health and wellbeing being launched in London on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Two-thirds of young people are growing up in countries where preventable and treatable health problems like HIV/AIDS, early pregnancy, unsafe sex, depression, injury, and violence remain a daily threat to their health, well-being, and life chances.
March 30, 2016
Grant awarded to University of Washington to analyze drivers of health care spending and identify future trends to guide efforts to improve health outcomes and bend the cost curve.
February 26, 2016
The Carlos Slim Health Institute recently honored IHME Professor of Global Health Rafael Lozano with a 2015 Carlos Slim Health Award for Lifetime Achievement in Research. The Carlos Slim Health Awards “recognize individuals and institutions committed to health improvement of the Latin-American population,” according to the Institute’s website.