When the global health community talks about neglected tropical diseases, they’re really not exaggerating. Ask someone about HIV, malaria, or maybe even tuberculosis – they might know something about it. But trypanosomiasis? Not so much.
April 4, 2014
It may be hard to believe, but traffic accidents and vehicle emissions kill more people worldwide than AIDS.
April 1, 2014
Nationally, in 1996, 27% of American men were daily smokers (this is also known as prevalence of daily smoking). Sixteen years later, in 2012, prevalence dropped to 22%. Similar progress was found among American women, with rates of daily smoking falling from 22% to 18% between 1996 and 2012.
March 31, 2014
The significant progress made against child mortality around the world over the last two decades is frequently cited as one of the biggest success stories of international development. Much more remains to be done, but it’s worth looking at what we know – and don’t know – about this propitious decline in child deaths.
March 24, 2014
March 24 is World TB Day, and organizers are calling for a “global effort to find, treat, and cure” everyone who has tuberculosis (TB) and to “accelerate progress toward eliminating TB for good.”
March 14, 2014
In Seattle, I often take walking – and getting to my destination safely – for granted. When I’m not bussing somewhere or riding my bike as a means of transport, it’s all on my two feet to get me from A to B. Aside from dodging the occasional cyclist or texting-while-walking offender, I rarely feel as if I’m at-risk of bodily harm.
Mental health problems have a profound impact on men and women worldwide, but the toll of these diseases weighs most heavily on women. Worldwide, depression is responsible for more healthy years lost than HIV/AIDS or malaria in women of all ages.
March 5, 2014
This week I had the opportunity to help launch the results from an impact evaluation assessing district-level trends in intervention coverage and child mortality in Zambia. One of the most striking results – for both IHME researchers and colleagues in Zambia – was the country’s remarkable scale-up of exclusive breastfeeding (EBF), or solely breastfeeding children for the first six months of life.
March 4, 2014
With the welcome decline in extreme poverty worldwide, many nations that once had to worry most about hunger now are struggling to combat the harm of over-eating, eating the wrong things and lack of physical activity.
February 21, 2014
Weibrecht was born in Olympic territory: Lake Placid, New York, home to the winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980. Lake Placid is in Essex County, one of the healthier counties nationwide, with high life expectancy, high rates of physical activity, and relatively low rates of obesity and hypertension. The county is likely helped by an abundance of natural playgrounds and ability to attract athletic types.
February 14, 2014
Several countries documented even greater success in reducing their burdens of rheumatic heart disease. Here we briefly explore two of them and how they may have achieved this progress.
January 28, 2014
The Lancet published a special series on January 20 titled “Health in the Arab World,” which delves into the health successes and challenges found in countries from Algeria to Yemen. Harnessing the research produced through the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) project, IHME documented the region’s disease burdens and health trends from 1990 to 2010 as part of this issue.
January 14, 2014
In this post, we delve into three countries that have worked to decrease smoking: Canada, Bolivia, and Japan. We hope that sharing these efforts will encourage journalists to report these initiatives more deeply!
January 9, 2014
On January 11, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health. This was the first time the Surgeon General formally warned of the health hazards associated with smoking tobacco.
December 20, 2013
In global health, 2013 was a big year – especially if you wanted to really dive into data and find stories behind the world’s health successes and challenges.
December 11, 2013
Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a baby’s life is one of the best ways to promote the baby’s health, as the American Academy of Pediatrics has noted, and breastfeeding provides both immediate- and long-term health benefits to infants.
December 2, 2013
This year’s theme, “Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS-Free Generation,” reminds us of the event’s original mission in 1988: uniting people, from Argentina to Zimbabwe, to fight the lethal virus and to honor individuals who have died trying.
When it comes to HIV/AIDS, which countries have made significant progress in reducing the disease’s burden? Who are the positive deviants?
November 26, 2013
With the holiday season upon on us, we have much to look forward to: family gatherings, holiday traditions, and of course, the favorite foods associated with the season. But this period of holiday revelry comes at the same time that doctors have noted a 5% increase of deaths from heart-related conditions between November and January.
November 19, 2013
Monsters lurking in the closet, getting lost in the grocery store, misplacing a favorite toy – these are some of the things I worried about growing up. But I was lucky in many respects. If I got pneumonia or was afflicted by a diarrheal disease, there was a very good chance it’d be treated quickly and with the right drugs.
November 14, 2013
As highlighted by IHME’s recently published report based on the Global Burden of Disease 2010 study, several countries in the European Union (EU) have bucked the global trend and either maintained or recorded declines in rates of health loss from diabetes (as measured by rates of disability-adjusted life years, or DALYs).
November 13, 2013
Yesterday was World Pneumonia Day (#WPD2013 on Twitter), a sobering reminder that the simple disease is the largest killer for children under 5. It killed 1.1 million children in 2012, more than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.
November 5, 2013
A few weeks ago, we examined declining household air pollution in Peru. In that post, we highlighted the country’s remarkable progress in reducing premature mortality and illness from the risk factor between 1990 and 2010. But what diseases have been most affected?
October 29, 2013
Today is World Stroke Day, a day dedicated to heightening awareness about a condition that afflicts at least one in every six people during their lifetimes. However, this statistic is far from inevitable, as the American Stroke Association emphasizes that stroke is largely preventable, treatable, and beatable.
October 22, 2013
As of 2010, road injuries became the ninth leading cause of death among developing countries, leading to about as many deaths as malaria. In sub-Saharan Africa, 84% more deaths from road injuries occurred in 2010 than 1990.