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Maternal Mortality Rates Drop Worldwide, Except In The United States

While maternal mortality rates across the world have fallen by nearly 50% over the last 25 years, rates in the United States have risen during that same time period, according to a new global survey published Thursday by the United Nations and World Bank. Maternal mortality is defined as the death of a woman during … Continue reading

45 Eye-Opening Facts About Extreme Poverty

More than 1 billion people across the globe are forced to live on a daily budget of less than $1.25. This must cover all of their basic needs including food, medicine and shelter — not to mention their children’s needs. The World Bank defines this stark reality as the “extreme poverty” rate, and every day people around … Continue reading

Why Fidgeting Might Be Good For Your Health

  It’s widely known that prolonged sitting is a risk factor for chronic health problems and early death. But a new study published Wednesday in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine suggests that if you’re fidgeting while you’re sitting, spending hours at your desk might not be so bad for you after all. When 14,000 … Continue reading

New Report Shows Widening Life Expectancy Gap Between Rich And Poor

Socioeconomic disparities in health are nothing new; it’s long been known that wealthier and more educated people live longer, healthier lives than their poorer, less educated counterparts. But it turns out that this gap is widening significantly, and it’s affecting women the most. According to a new report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, … Continue reading

Eye Color May Predict Risk Of Alcohol Dependence, Scientists Say

People with blue eyes may have a greater risk of becoming alcoholics than those with darker eyes, according to the results of a new genetic analysis by researchers at the University of Vermont. The study, led by Arvis Sulovari, a doctoral student in cellular, molecular and biomedical sciences, and Dr. Dawei Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology … Continue reading

Moving To A Poorer Neighborhood Linked To Increased Obesity Risk

It’s long been known that the neighborhood a person lives in can impact their health status, including how much they weigh; evidence suggests that socioeconomic environments influence a person’s ability to adopt healthy behaviors. Now, a new study finds that moving between neighborhoods can also cause changes in body weight. The research, published in the … Continue reading

Leading Physicians’ Group: Give LGBT People Full Rights

The nation’s second-largest physicians’ group has come out strongly in support of LGBT equality, criticizing discriminatory laws and calling for inclusive policies that will improve the health of the LGBT population. In a position paper published earlier this week, the American College of Physicians decried the entrenched disparities faced by LGBT individuals and recommended specific … Continue reading

New Developments In Personalized Medicine Could Save Billions, Researchers Say

Personalized medical interventions to prevent heart disease could generate $114 billion worth of heath gains in United States, researchers say. Writing in an article published in The Lancet, Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the U.S. Institute of Medicine, and colleagues say new developments in personalized and precision medicine (PPM) could offer enormous gains in healthy … Continue reading

Why You Should Commit To Walking For Two Minutes Every Hour

It’s widely known that prolonged sitting is a risk factor for chronic health problems and early death. But new research suggests even a small increase in activity — just two minutes of walking every hour — can offset the risk of disease and death linked to prolonged sitting. Physical inactivity causes an estimated one in … Continue reading

Making The Public Health Case For Marriage Equality

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week in Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage cases that will determine whether individuals of all sexual orientations have the constitutional right to be married in their own states and to have those marriages recognized by other states. As of now, same-sex marriage is legal in 36 states. … Continue reading

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