Working-age Americans in 21 states faced a higher probability of premature death from 1990 to 2016, according to the most extensive state-by-state US health study ever conducted.
April 10, 2018
March 27, 2018
Deaths from infectious diseases have declined overall in the United States over the past three decades. However, the rates of decline varied significantly by counties, according to a new scientific study.
March 13, 2018
Deaths in the United States from drug use disorders between 1980 and 2014 increased overall by more than 600%, but in some counties the increases exceeded 5,000%, according to a new scientific study.
September 26, 2017
Between 1980 and 2014, the rate of death from chronic respiratory diseases, such as COPD, increased by nearly 30% overall in the US, although this trend varied by county, sex, and chronic respiratory disease type, according to a study published by JAMA.
May 8, 2017
Babies born today in 13 US counties have shorter expected lifespans than their parents did when they were born decades ago, according to a new study. For example, life expectancy at birth in Owsley County, Kentucky, was 72.4 in 1980, dropping to 70.2 in 2014.
January 24, 2017
The rate at which Americans die from cancers varies dramatically by where they live, according to a new scientific analysis.
December 27, 2016
Just 20 conditions make up more than half of all spending on health care in the United States, according to a new comprehensive financial analysis that examines spending by diseases and injuries.
December 13, 2016
More than 2,000 US counties witnessed increases of 200% or more in deaths related to substance abuse and mental disorders since 1980, including clusters of counties in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio with alarming surges over 1,000%, according to a new scientific study.
August 23, 2016
There is a three-fold difference between the “best” and “worst” counties in the United States regarding prevalence of diabetes, and as Americans begin planning their menus for Labor Day celebrations, one must ask: Are those fatty foods and sugar-infused drinks worth the health risk? A new scientific paper calls the difference between the counties “staggering,” and notes that public health systems – on local and statewide levels – have important roles to play in increasing awareness of and screening for diabetes.
September 10, 2015
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.
June 8, 2015
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.
May 28, 2015
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.
April 23, 2015
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.
July 21, 2014
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.
May 28, 2014
The vast majority of American adults are overweight or obese, and weight is a growing problem among US children
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.
March 24, 2014
Nationally, smoking rates have decreased since 1996, but the declines have been driven by a relatively small share of counties across the US, according to new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.
July 10, 2013
Data on potentially modifiable causes of health loss, or risk factors, such as improved nutrition and increased physical activity can help policymakers and donors prioritize prevention strategies to achieve better population health.
July 10, 2013
Dietary risks are leading cause of disease burden in the US and contributed to more health loss in 2010 than smoking, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar
In nearly every major cause of premature death – from ischemic heart disease to diabetes to interpersonal violence – the United States trails its economic peers, according to new research from a global collaborative of scientists led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.
July 10, 2013
The rise in physical activity levels will have a positive health impact on Americans by reducing death and chronic disability from cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. But the trend has had little impact so far on stopping the rising tide of obesity.
April 5, 2013
One in five Americans is completely unaware that he or she is at risk for the second leading cause of premature death: high blood pressure. In the first ever analysis of awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension for every county, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington revealed significant differences across the US.