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TUESDAY, March 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The healthiest community in the United States is Douglas County in Colorado, according to the 2019 rankings just released by U.S. News & World Report.

The others in the top five healthiest communities are Los Alamos County in New Mexico; the city of Falls Church and Loudoun County, both in Virginia; and Broomfield County in Colorado, ac...

THURSDAY, Feb. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's bad news and good news in a study of lives lost to suicide around the world.

In sheer numbers, more of the world's people are dying by suicide each year than ever before, the new report reveals. In 2016, about 817,000 deaths worldwide were attributed to suicide, the study showed. That's an increase from the 762,000 suicides calculated...

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American women are having fewer children, and they're having them later in life, a new government report shows.

"Overall, we saw continuing decreasing trends in total fertility," said report author Danielle Ely, a health statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- How long you might live may depend on where you live.

New research suggests that if you spend your days on a sunny Hawaiian island, your life expectancy is more than 81 years. Halfway across the country in Mississippi, however, you can count yourself lucky if you make it to 75.

"In terms of health outcomes, the United States...

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- People's chances of living longer have been increasing dramatically for decades. But, that seems to have slowed recently, a new worldwide study has found.

The sharpest decline has come in countries that already had the shortest life expectancy, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

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TUESDAY, Feb. 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccines can provide major health and economic benefits for people in low- and middle-income countries, according to a new study by Harvard researchers.

It estimated that increased spending to ensure wider distribution of 10 vaccines in 41 such countries over 15 years could prevent up to 36 million deaths.

This also could keep 24 mi...

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that nearly one-third of households in Columbus, Ohio have difficulty getting enough food or obtaining healthy food.

The findings suggest that food insecurity in the United States is worse than thought, according to Ohio State University researchers.

Families that are food insecure have limited access to quality foo...

THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of American adults who smoke has decreased, but nearly 38 million still put their health at risk by using cigarettes, U.S. government data show.

Cigarette smoking rates among Americans 18 and older fell from nearly 21 percent in 2005 to 15.5 percent in 2016. Among those who have ever smoked cigarettes, the percentage who have quit...

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Where you live could influence how likely you are to develop heart failure, a new U.S. study suggests.

In addition to people's income and education level, the neighborhood in which they lived helped predict their risk, according to the researchers. People living in the poorest areas were at highest risk for heart failure, the researchers found...

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Autism rates are much higher than originally thought but may have stabilized in recent years, a new study suggests.

An estimated 2.41 percent of children in the United States have autism spectrum disorder, according to a new analysis of data from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). The most recent previous estimate put autism rates a...

THURSDAY, Dec. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Among people with the skin disease psoriasis, could skin color play a role in whether or not they visit a dermatologist?

An analysis of federal government health survey data from 2001 to 2013 found that black, Asian and other minorities are less likely than white people in the United States to see a doctor for treatment of the chronic inf...

MONDAY, Dec. 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How states treat undocumented immigrants with kidney failure affects their health -- including, in some cases, whether they live or die, a new study has found.

The states involved in the study -- California, Colorado and Texas -- have different guidelines on the treatment such patients should be given.

In California, undocumented im...

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people with HIV who take life-saving antiretroviral medications has increased by tens of millions worldwide in recent decades, a United Nations report says.

The number rose from 685,000 in 2000 to 20.9 million as of June 2017, according to UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS.

"Many people do not re...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Type 2 diabetes may increase the risk for an aggressive type of breast cancer among black women in the United States, a new study finds.

Researchers from Boston University analyzed data from more than 54,000 black women who were cancer-free at the start of the study. During the next 18 years, 914 women were diagnosed with estrogen receptor...

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Health insurance and tumor characteristics are major reasons for the differences in colon cancer survival rates between blacks and whites in the United States, a new study finds.

Researchers examined data from nearly 200,000 Americans with colon cancer, ages 18-64, and found that the five-year survival rate was 66.5 percent for whites and 5...

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As early as middle age, many Americans have problems with dressing, grocery shopping and otherwise caring for themselves -- and for some, it leads to a progressive decline, a new study finds.

The study, of nearly 6,900 middle-aged adults, found that roughly 1 in 5 developed a "functional impairment" before age 65. That meant they had difficult...

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Rising prices, along with increased variety and complexity of services, are major reasons why health care spending in the United States has increased by nearly $1 trillion in the past 20 years, a new study finds.

"Part of the reason we spend more on health care each year is the nation's growing and aging population," said study author Joseph D...

MONDAY, Oct. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Being in relatively poor financial health when middle-aged or older appears to significantly increase the risk for developing a disability or dying early.

The observation stems from an analysis of data from the United States and England that drew links between wealth and health among almost 20,000 people aged 54 to 76.

For example, o...

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco caused 7.1 million deaths worldwide in 2016, and poor diet was associated with 1 in 5 deaths, according to a new report.

The Global Burden of Disease study also found that 1.1 billion people had mental health and substance use disorders in 2016, and that major depression was among the top 10 causes of poo...