A wide range of avoidable risk factors to health – ranging from air pollution to poor diets to unsafe water – account for a growing number of deaths and a significant amount of disease burden, according to a new analysis of 79 risks in 188 countries.
Fewer Americans are dying from diseases attributable to high systolic blood pressure and high total cholesterol, but more lives are being claimed by ailments associated with high body mass index, high fasting plasma glucose, and smoking, according to a new analysis of 79 risks in 188 countries.
Childhood survival improved in every state in Nigeria, but in many places rates of malnutrition have increased since 2000. Polio immunization rose throughout the country, yet rates of coverage for other vaccines flatlined or faltered over time. Stark geographic disparities deepened for a number of interventions, underscoring many of the challenges facing Nigeria’s health system.
People around the world are living longer, even in some of the poorest countries, but a complex mix of fatal and nonfatal ailments cause a tremendous amount of health loss, according to a new analysis of all major diseases and injuries in 188 countries.
The world invested more than $200 billion to improve health in lower-income countries over the past 15 years. Global health financing increased significantly after 2000, when the United Nations established the Millennium Development Goals, which included a strong focus on health. This trend in funding has only recently started to change, according to new research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.
People across the US are living longer but spending more time in ill health as rates of nonfatal diseases and injuries – including low back pain, major depressive disorder, and diabetes – decline more slowly than death rates, according to a new analysis of 301 acute and chronic diseases and injuries in 188 countries.
People across the world are living longer but spending more time in ill health as rates of nonfatal diseases and injuries – including diabetes and hearing loss – decline more slowly than death rates, according to a new analysis of 301 diseases and injuries in 188 countries.
New cases of virtually all types of cancer are rising in countries globally – regardless of income – but the death rates from cancer are falling in many countries, according to a new analysis of 28 cancer groups in 188 countries.
Breast cancer continues to account for the highest number of new cancer cases among women in the US and prostate cancer has the highest number of incident cancer cases for men, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Oncology. But lung cancer claims the lives of the most men and women.
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) released groundbreaking research on educational attainment worldwide on Friday, May 1, at the Population Association of America 2015 Annual Meeting, which draws demographers, sociologists, economists, and public health professionals from all over the world.
Today, Americans are more likely to be heavy drinkers and binge drinkers than in recent years due in large part to rising rates of drinking among women, according to a new analysis of county-level drinking patterns in the United States.
Published in April 2015, Epic Measures: One Doctor, Seven Billion Patients tells the story of IHME Director Christopher Murray’s quest to gain a truer understanding of how we live and how we die.
Coverage for a number of child health interventions increased across districts in Zambia, a success story that corresponds with the country’s improving rates of childhood survival. Yet results were less promising for more routine services that require multiple contacts with the health system, particularly those pertaining to maternal health.
Globally, the number of deaths due to cardiovascular diseases increased by 41% between 1990 and 2013, climbing from 12.3 million deaths to 17.3 million deaths. Over the same period, death rates within specific age groups dropped by 39%, according to an analysis of data from 188 countries. Death rates from cardiovascular diseases were steady or fell in every region of the world except Western sub-Saharan Africa, where the rates increased.
Several nationally representative datasets detailing facility-level information ranging from stock-outs of essential medicines to patient volumes are now publicly available – a multicountry resource viewed as critical to assessing health facility performance, costs of producing health services, and how patients interact with their health systems.
Health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa report providing a range of health services, but deficits in stocking critical medical supplies and equipment may compromise their full capacity to deliver care. This is one of many findings from the Access, Bottlenecks, Costs, and Equity (ABCE) project, a multicountry study that aims to assess the drivers of health system performance and costs of care.
People are living much longer worldwide than they were two decades ago, as death rates from infectious diseases and cardiovascular disease have fallen, according to a new, first-ever journal publication of country-specific cause-of-death data for 188 countries.
Life expectancy improved for both men and women in the United States, at an average of 3.5 years gained since 1990. But at the same time a number of diseases, including chronic kidney disease and Alzheimer's disease, claimed more lives in the United States in 2013 than in 1990.
IHME is pleased to announce the establishment of the University of Washington Center for Demography and Economics of Aging. Funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the new Center joins 11 NIA Demography Centers at leading universities and policy organizations around the United States and is the only new Center for 2014.
Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero, a Harvard-trained epidemiologist and mayor of Cali, Colombia, is the first winner of the Roux Prize, a new US$100,000 award for turning evidence into health impact and the largest prize of its kind.
El Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero, un epidemiólogo educado en Harvard, y alcalde de Cali, Colombia, es el primer ganador del Premio Roux, un premio nuevo de US$100,000 por convertir la evidencia en una influencia sobre la salud y el mayor premio en su clase.
New HIV infections dropped by almost one-third from the epidemic peak; TB deaths declined by 3.7% between 2000 and 2013; child deaths from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa have dropped 31.5% in the past decade. Despite major progress, the quality of programs to treat HIV varies widely.
HIV/AIDS deaths dropped from a peak of more than 40,000 in 1995 to around 10,000 in 2013, and TB deaths declined at a rate of 3.7% since 2000. New TB cases are declining faster than the global average, but new HIV/AIDS cases are increasing.
Today, 2.1 billion people – nearly 30% of the world’s population – are either obese or overweight, according to a new, first-of-its kind analysis of trend data from 188 countries. The rise in global obesity rates over the last three decades has been substantial and widespread, presenting a major public health epidemic in both the developed and the developing world.
An estimated 160 million Americans are either obese or overweight. Nearly three-quarters of American men and more than 60% of women are obese or overweight. These are also major challenges for America’s children – nearly 30% of boys and girls under age 20 are either obese or overweight, up from 19% in 1980.