People are living longer, but with more disease overall, according to the 2016 Global Burden of Disease study published today in The Lancet.  

A new CDC study examines mortality rates of black and white Americans under 65 years old. Findings suggest that while the discrepancy between blacks and whites of this age group fell nearly 50% between 1999-2015, black people continue to have higher mortality overall.  …

The global number of children who died dropped from 14.2 million in 1990 to 7.3 million in 2015, says a newly published JAMA Pediatrics report. Unfortunately, the news is not all good. Children in poor countries now live long enough to suffer the effects of birth defects,…

Ischaemic heart disease has emerged as the leading cause of death in the eastern Mediterranean region, having increased by 17.2% between 1990–2013, according to a new analysis of global burden of disease in Lancet Global Health that focuses on health in times of uncertainty…

To understand what it means to die behind bars, Ann Neumann visited a prison hospice program in Rome, New York. Neumann, author of The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America, emerged with a deep understanding of the challenges unique to prisons. While the…

Experts anticipated a somber milestone in the trajectory of gun violence in the US.: Gun deaths in 2015 would overtake traffic fatalities.

When it comes to deciding where to die, doctors are less likely than others to choose a medical facility, according to a new study in JAMA. About 63% of the physicians died in a medical facility, compared to 72% of people in the general population group.

The mortality rate for white middle-aged Americans ages 45-54 with less than a college education has increased between 1999 and 2013, in a dramatic reversal of decades-long progress toward longer lives, according to a new study in PNAS by Princeton University economics…

More than 2,400 pop-up “death cafes,” which create impromptu occasions for people to talk openly and honestly about death, have taken place worldwide in the last 4 years. Next up: the first permanent death café is being planned and crowdfunded for a London opening.…

Say you’re a bit weary from explaining the difference in mortality between wealthy countries and low and middle income countries, or the yawning gap between knowing and doing in global health. You might do well to share this short Vox article that does a good job with the…