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United States losing ground to other countries in health outcomes
Date:7/10/2013

WASHINGTON, DC In nearly every major cause of premature death from ischemic heart disease to diabetes to interpersonal violence the United States trails its economic peers, according to new research from a global collaborative of scientists led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association today The State of US Health, 1990-2010: Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors researchers show the impact of premature deaths in children and young adults, the significant toll of disabling conditions, and the overall burden on health systems from a range of fatal and non-fatal health factors. This is the first comprehensive analysis of disease burden in the United States in more than 15 years. It includes estimates for death and disability from 291 diseases, conditions, and injuries as well as 67 risk factors.

The United States spends more than the rest of the world on health care and leads the world in the quality and quantity of its health research, but that doesnt add up to better health outcomes, said Dr. Christopher Murray, IHME Director and one of the lead authors on the study. The country has done a good job of preventing premature deaths from stroke, but when it comes to lung cancer, preterm birth complications, and a range of other causes, the country isnt keeping pace with high-income countries in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.

The findings will be presented by Dr. Murray today to city and county officials at an event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Lets Move! campaign.

Road traffic injuries, self-harm, cirrhosis, and drug use disorders all are causing more years of life lost due to premature death than previously thought. There were more years of life lost due to drug use disorders in 2010 than prostate cancer and brain cancer combined, up 448% between 1990 and 2010. Alzheimers, liver cancer,
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Contact: Rhonda Stewart
stewartr@uw.edu
206-897-2863
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
Source:Eurekalert

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