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Poverty Kills. Better Policy, Not Better Medicine, Is the Solution

Kristen Lewis | Posted 09.25.2011 | Impact
Kristen Lewis

Poverty kills. Addressing the underlying social and economic conditions that breed poverty and ill health -- in other words, better policy, not better medicine -- is the solution.

Measuring a Better Life

Kristen Lewis | Posted 08.29.2011 | Impact
Kristen Lewis

It's no surprise that GDP is no longer the first place economists, policymakers, and individuals go to answer the question "how are people really doing?"

How to Live a Long and Healthy Life: The 10 Things Every Woman Needs to Know

Susan Blumenthal, M.D. | Posted 06.14.2011 | Women
Susan Blumenthal, M.D.

Over the past two decades, important actions have been taken to make women's health a national priority. Now let's build on this success by working together to ensure a healthier future for women in the years ahead.

5 Countries with the Longest Life Expectancy: OECD

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 07.27.2011 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

Life expectancy is perhaps the most important measure of health. It is readily comparable across countries and asks the most fundamental question concerning health: how long can the typical person expect to live?

Janell Ross

Black-White Life Expectancy Gap Expands, Recession May Be To Blame

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 11.02.2011 | Business

For nearly two decades, the expected life spans of black and white Americans steadily narrowed, offering a hopeful indication of both racial progr...

Which California Are You?

Kristen Lewis | Posted 07.17.2011 | Los Angeles
Kristen Lewis

Wouldn't it be great if an objective, fact-based tool existed to identify the most strategic levers for change -- to help keep California from losing its edge? Such a tool now exists.

New Record-High U.S. Life Expectancy

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ATLANTA — U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high, rising above 78 years. The estimate of 78 years and 2 months is for a baby born in 200...

The Midlife Crisis: A Misleading Myth Or A Reality In Search Of A New Name?

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

How have changes in our culture influenced the way we view the midlife crisis? Do our longer lives, and what we now expect from them, bring new meaning to the term?

Fareed Zakaria: 'Rest Of The World Has Begun To Catch Up' To U.S.

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Hans Rosling of Sweden's Karolinska Institute shares some interesting data with Fareed Zakaria on CNN's upcoming special, 'Restoring the American Drea...

What It Means To Be A Parentless Parent

Allison Gilbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

For the first time in U.S. history, millions of children (and their parents) are actually vulnerable to having less time with their grandparents than more. A revolution is happening in the way generations are connected in America.

We Are A Religious Nation -- Or Are We?

Bernard Starr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bernard Starr

Reliable polls tell us that America is the most religious nation in the industrialized world. So why is the U.S. poverty rate the third worst among developed nations worldwide?

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops, Stroke Falls To No. 4 Killer

AP | STEPHANIE NANO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — U.S. life expectancy has dropped slightly – by about a month – after mostly inching up for many years, the government rep...

Let's Be Honest About Why Social Security is Going Broke

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

It's funny how you often find insights where you least expect them. A few weeks ago, my dog Kiva got bitten on the nose by a rattlesnake and I ended ...

Let's Be Honest -- About Health Care Reform

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Gellman

This is not an article about my wonderful dog or our good fortune. It is about the epiphany I experienced during the twenty four hours that he was in the doggie hospital -- specifically, the check-in process.

Highest And Lowest Life Expectancies Around The World: 2010 Human Development Index (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With a lifestyle emphasizing a balanced diet and regular exercise, the Japanese top the global charts for the highest life expectancy in the world, ac...

Mother Gibbs Keeps On Living

Zack Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Zack Isaacs

Mrs. Rosa L. Gibbs is still here. Yesterday, she turned 108 years old and became one of the oldest residents in the city of Chicago.

Study Finds Disparity In Life Expectancy Of LA's Rich And Poor

latimes.com | Molly Hennessy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles County residents are living longer than ever -- and about than 2.6 years longer than the average American -- with a life expectancy of mor...

The Year 3010 Seen From Today

Frank A. Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Frank A. Weil

If each member of each generation between now and the year 3010 produces two offspring, their descendants will aggregate 17 billion people! What does the future hold?

Republicans: What's Wrong With Being Sweden?

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The Regressives in the GOP, who would like their Fox-fed minions and Tea Party zombies to bring us back to a white America that existed around the tim...

Health Care Reform Passed, Now What?

Sarah Burd-Sharps | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Sarah Burd-Sharps

In 1999, the government launched Healthy People 2010, an ambitious project to narrow the disparities in health outcomes for different groups. But it failed. Now that health care reform has passed, it's time for Healthy People 2020.

Children's Extreme Health Inequality

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

A new systematic review of hundreds of research studies finds pervasive inequality by race/ethnicity in health and health care among children in the ...

Racial Wealth Disparities Report Underscores Immediate Need for Civil Rights Intervention

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rev. Jesse Jackson

A new study released by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy revealed that even when African-Americans had a good education and well-paying jobs, they could not achieve the wealth of their white peers.

Health Care Reform: Myths and Misunderstandings

Philip Lee Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Lee Miller

We are all too aware of the right wing echo chamber. A well orchestrated score promoting stereotyped rat a tat answers. How do they do this? The same may be true in on the left as well.

Social Security Was Saved By Women: Casey Mulligan

nytimes.com | CASEY B. MULLIGAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

One of the great advances of 20th century was increased life expectancy. This advance might have bankrupted Social Security, if it were not for women ...

Mugabe Gets $300K Birthday Party In Zimbabwe

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's supporters say they spent $300,000 to celebrate his 86th birthday in this impoverished...