Public Health

Low-cost salt-reduction policy would save millions of lives worldwide

Low-cost salt-reduction policy would save millions of lives worldwide

A government policy to reduce salt intake by 10% over 10 years would be highly cost effective in nearly every country in the world,...
Coca-Cola's Christmas truck tour should be banned

Coca-Cola’s Christmas truck tour should be banned

Coca-Cola's "Happy Holidays" truck tour should be banned, given the growing evidence of the effect that marketing of unhealthy food and drink has on...
Penn experts warn that touting "naturalness" of breastfeeding could backfire

Penn experts warn that touting “naturalness” of breastfeeding could backfire

Breastfeeding campaigns that extol breastfeeding as the “natural” way to feed infants could result in harmful decision-making by some parents on other important health...
Medicaid expansion linked to better care quality at health centers

Medicaid expansion linked to better care quality at health centers, says Brown study

As the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump and members of the 115th U.S. Congress consider the possibility of revamping or replacing the Affordable...
How much money is spent on health care for kids, where does it go?

How much money is spent on health care for kids, where does it go?

Health care spending on children grew 56 percent between 1996 and 2013, with the most money spent in 2013 on inpatient well-newborn care, attention...
Cancer death rate has dropped 25 percent since 1991 peak

Cancer death rate has dropped 25 percent since 1991 peak

A steady decline over more than two decades has resulted in a 25% drop in the overall cancer death rate in the United States. The...
COPD-like respiratory symptoms common among smokers despite lack of COPD diagnosis

COPD-like respiratory symptoms common among smokers despite lack of COPD diagnosis

In a finding that could lead to better treatment of smoking-related lung diseases, scientists are reporting that about half of current or former smokers...
Majority of California adults have prediabetes or diabetes, UCLA study shows

Majority of California adults have prediabetes or diabetes, UCLA study shows

Nearly half of California adults, including one out of every three young adults, have either prediabetes — a precursor to Type 2 diabetes —...
Do soda taxes help curb obesity?

Do soda taxes help curb obesity?

Several U.S. cities and other countries have enacted taxes on soda and sugar-sweetened beverages as a way to fight the worldwide rise in obesity...
Health care spending in the US

Diabetes, heart disease, and back pain dominate US health care spending

Just 20 conditions make up more than half of all spending on health care in the United States, according to a new comprehensive financial...