As the U.S. population ages, more and more people rely on the benefits from Social Security and Medicare. But is the U.S. prepared for the rising costs of human services programs that accompany an aging population? In the second installment of a three-part series on the growing cost of aging in the United States, we delve into costs associated with Medicare and Social Security.
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As baby boomers age, the sheer number of older adults will be unprecedented in U.S. history. The portion of the population living on fixed incomes with high medical expenses will increase as the proportion of seniors — especially those older than 85 — grows. In the first of a three-part series, we look at the numbers behind a growing aging population, the increase in national health costs, and the cost of health care for aging Americans.
Did you know every time you eat outside your home, you’re ingesting dangerous chemicals? Ami Zota examined this in a 2016 study which revealed that the more people ate fast food, the more they were exposed to phthalates. In her most recent study, she and a group of researchers expand the scope of this research to include food in restaurants and cafeterias.
As Cape Town faces this water shortage, other cities around the globe should take note. In order to put the current crisis in perspective for Americans, we created the following graphic to compare the average amounts of household water use in the U.S. to the current daily restrictions for Capetonians.
Obesity rates in the United States have tripled since the 1960s and doubled since the 1980s. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, a national epidemic that contributes to chronic disease, disability, and death, and places a large financial strain on the health care system.
In 2016, U.S. state and local governments spend $558 billion on health care. And yet, each year, only 20 percent of eligible voters actually vote in local elections. We examined some offices related to health, health care, and public health that are decided by local elections, the types of decisions that come with those positions, and the consequences of not voting.
A panel discussion organized by MPH@GW and the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University focused on the health risks of lead service lines within the broader context of tackling all sources of lead and the role of public health professionals in the replacement process.
When people turn to short-term housing for affordability and convenience, they have to be vigilant about the state of their housing. Renters can be exposed to carbon monoxide, lead, mold, indoor air pollution and poor water quality. Substandard rental housing might put tenants at risk, and renters typically have to rely on landlords for home improvements.
Join us for a discussion focused on lead service line replacement within the broader context of tackling all sources of lead. The event will address the health risk of lead service lines, the role of public health professionals in the replacement process, and the importance of effective partnerships between public health agencies and water utilities to develop creative solutions.
Let’s Meat in the Kitchen: Preventing the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance through Safe Handling of Meat and Poultry Products
Dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread from farms to people through a number of different ways But there are steps you can take to protect yourself. In this video, Dr. Lance Price shows you how you can keep yourself and your family safe from exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria that may be present on meat and poultry products.