The University of Washington’s Population Health Initiative, which aims to bring together the research and resources of the UW and partners around the Puget Sound and beyond to improve the health and well-being of people around the world, has received a significant vote of support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the university announced Tuesday.
October 10, 2016
The most detailed map ever created showing the scourge of deaths from malaria was released as a part of a new scientific analysis of the mosquito-borne disease. The paper finds a continent-wide decline in malaria death rates over the past 25 years, a steep 57% drop that followed a period of stagnation in West Africa and an escalation in Central Africa.
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 31, 2016
People are more likely to adopt heart healthy behaviors when guided and encouraged via the Internet, their cell phones or other devices, according to 23 years of research reviewed in Journal of the American Heart Association, the Open Access Journal of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
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.
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.
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 20, 2016
Health facilities in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia could extend life-sustaining antiretroviral therapy (ART) to hundreds of thousands of people living with HIV if facilities improved the efficiency of service delivery. This is one of the main findings from a paper published today in BMC Medicine, co-authored by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and collaborators from Action Africa Help-International (AAH-I) in Kenya, the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC) in Uganda, and the University of Zambia in Zambia.
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 14, 2016
New study expands on previous Ebola findings and launches new interactive data tool.
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 28, 2016
The best studies analyzing public health data will soon get better. Today, new guidelines for substantiating information collected on diseases, injuries, and deaths were formally adopted, completing a two-year collaboration among experts from several of the world’s most prestigious health institutions.
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.
May 3, 2016
In a speech before the university community and partners today, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce announced “a shared vision for improving health and well-being around the world.”
April 19, 2016
The Southeastern US, including much of Texas through to Florida, has ideal conditions for spread of Zika virus according to a new study published in eLife.