In 2000, the CDC declared that measles had been eliminated from the United States. Now, almost two decades later, the nation is grappling with multiple outbreaks and hundreds of cases a year. How did we get here?
As the health care industry has become increasingly data-driven, the need for health informatics and analytics managers to organize and draw conclusions from health information has increased. Learn more about health information technology (HIT) careers.
Public health officials are worried about the Trump administration’s plans to slash funding for epidemic-fighting efforts. One program at risk helps poorer nations with prevention, detection and response to outbreaks of diseases like Ebola.
The cost of aging falls on the aging individuals themselves, the health care system, and — often — family caregivers. In the final part of our series on the cost of aging, we look at how much the aging population spends on different sources of care, and the cost for family caregivers.
There are two ways the government defines poverty: poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines. What do these two types of measurement mean in practice?
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.
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.