They live in the country that spends by far the most on health care—yet for the past decade more young Americans have been dying in the prime of their lives. A “strikingly bleak” JAMA report counted 33,000 “excess deaths” since 2010, and the trend spans gender, racial and…

Europe has a health equity problem: Women in the most disadvantaged groups can expect to live 7 fewer years than their advantaged peers. For men, the gap is up to 15 years. And things are not getting better: Health inequities have persisted or gotten worse in many of the…

In Texas’s Rio Grande Valley—where a third of people have diabetes—an alarming number of people are losing limbs to a disease they can’t afford to manage. Chronically underinsured, the region is also overwhelmingly Hispanic—a demographic more likely to develop type 2…

The deadliest form of air pollution, microscopic particulate matter penetrates “deep into the lungs, bypassing the body’s natural defenses.” Its effects range from lung disease to cancer to cognitive impairment, yet the public knows relatively little about its toll on their…

Ahead of the fourth Lancet–Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Health Summit later this month in Beijing, a Lancet editorial offers reason to be hopeful. But persistent health inequities threaten China's progress toward the UN SDGs and Healthy China 2030's goals.

The tide of population is turning. Across the globe, countries’ populations are shrinking and aging, and most are ill-prepared not prepared for a “childless, elderly future,” writes Steve LeVine. Population growth in Africa alone will keep the global population soaring…

Existing research offers hints of a future where people can extend the length of their healthy lifespan, and companies from Google to GlaxoSmithKline are heavily investing to achieve this sci-fi future.  

Princeton University researchers who first documented an alarming rise in death rates among middle-aged white Americans beginning in 1999 have released new research that attempts to explain the reasons for the spike.  

The US got called out in new research for its poor showing in life expectancy, and the long-term prognosis isn’t good.  Already a low-performer among high-income countries, the report projects that US 2030 life expectancy at birth “might be similar to the Czech Republic for…

US life expectancy slipped last year, reversing a trend of steadily increasing advances over the past few decades.   The 78-year, 9-1/2 month average life expectancy for an American born 2015, reported by the CDC, is a month less than that of one born in 2014.