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The Economist – Global Liveability Ranking 2016

The Economist Intelligence Unit – “The latest findings of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Ranking (reg. req’d) – which provides scores for lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide – show that although Melbourne has retained its crown as the world’s most liveable city, liveability has deteriorated in 29 of the 140 cities (20 per cent) surveyed over the last 12 months. The decline is largely a result of heightened fears over terrorism with more than 1,000 reported attacks in 2016 so far, with incidents in France, Turkey, the US and Belgium being the most high profile. Factors such as social unrest in many US cities due to the deaths of black people in police custody, tensions in Eastern Europe and Asia and the ongoing civil wars in Ukraine, Syria and Libya have compounded the decline. The Economist Intelligence Unit’s liveability rating, part of the Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual’s lifestyle across five broad categories of Stability, Healthcare, Culture and environment, Education and Infrastructure. Download the report for our full analysis.”

The link between health spending and life expectancy: The US is an outlier

Via Our World in Data by Max Roser – “[This graph and much more can be found in the Our World In Data-entry on how healthcare is financed.] The graph shows the relationship between what a country spends on health per person and life expectancy in that country between 1970 and 2014 for a number… Continue Reading

Kaiser Foundation – Disparities in Health and Health Care: Five Key Questions and Answers

“Disparities in health and health care in the United States have been a longstanding challenge resulting in some groups receiving less and lower quality health care than others and experiencing poorer health outcomes. This brief provides an introductory overview of health and health care disparities, including what disparities are and why they matter, the status… Continue Reading

The 2015-2016 Zika Outbreak

Kaiser Family Foundation: “This infographic offers key facts about the Zika virus, tracks the increasing number of countries reporting local transmission over the past year, and breaks down how key U.S. government agencies are responding to Zika.” Download PDF: The 2015-2016 Zika Outbreak (Updated August 11, 2016) Continue Reading

Paper – Adherence to a Mediterranean-Style Diet and Effects on Cognition in Adults

Adherence to a Mediterranean-Style Diet and Effects on Cognition in Adults: A Qualitative Evaluation and Systematic Review of Longitudinal and Prospective Trials. Roy J. Hardman, Greg Kennedy, Helen Macpherson, Andrew B. Scholey and Andrew Pipingas. Frontiers in Nutrition, vol. 3, page 22 -, 2016. DOI 10.3389/fnut.2016.00022. “The Mediterranean-style diet (MedDiet) involves substantial intake of fruits,… Continue Reading

Understanding Health Research – A tool for making sense of health studies

“Understanding Health Research is a tool designed to help people understand and review published health research to decide how dependable and relevant a piece of research is. The tool guides users through a series of questions to ask about specific types of health research, and helps users to understand what the answers to those questions… Continue Reading

Violent Death Rates: The US Compared with Other High-income OECD Countries, 2010

Via Fast co.exist: “You’re 25 Times More Likely To Be Shot To Death In America Than Any Other Developed Nation…In a study based on World Health Organisation (WHO) data from 2010, by Erin Grinshteyn and David Hemenway, researchers from the University of Nevada-Reno have detailed the absurd risks of guns in the U.S. The study… Continue Reading

Care Count School Laundry Program Exposes Link Between Clean Clothes and Attendance

Healthy meals every day, and clean clothes – yes nutrition and clean clothes impact school attendance. Every child in America deserves safe public schools, good food, and clean clothes (and great teachers, libraries and librarians, music and art classes…) When did we stop considering this to be a right, not a Privilege? Via Care Counts… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Airport and Airway Trust Fund, K-12 Education, Patient Protection, Nuclear Waste

Airport and Airway Trust Fund: Less Than Half of Noncommercial Jet Fuel Tax Receipts Are Transferred, GAO-16-746R: Published: Aug 8, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. K-12 Education: Education’s Experiences with Flexibility Waivers Could Inform Efforts to Assist States with New Requirements, GAO-16-650: Published: Jul 7, 2016. Publicly Released: Aug 8, 2016. Patient Protection and… Continue Reading

Data – Which Percentage of People Is Older and Younger Than You

Via PublicHealthIntelligence.org:  On Tuesday May 10th 2016, Nathan Yau created and published a chart that allows us to learn the percentage of people older and younger than a person from the U.S. given his/her age, based on the 5-year American Community Survey estimates from 2014. I found the chart informative, and I wanted to replicate it but in a way that helps people from every country to… Continue Reading

The 2016 Olympic Games: Health, Security, Environmental, and Doping Issues

CRS report via FAS – The 2016 Olympic Games: Health, Security, Environmental, and Doping Issues – L. Elaine Halchin, Coordinator, Specialist in American National Government; John W. Rollins, Coordinator, Specialist in Terrorism and National Security. July 28, 2016. “The 2016 Olympic Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5-21, 2016, and will… Continue Reading

Shedding Light on Health Care Prices: Patient Perspectives on Health Care Price Transparency Efforts

Public Citizen – Shedding Light on Health Care Prices: “Out-of- pocket health care costs for patients are soaring in the United States. Since 2010, insurance deductibles for workers have risen three times as fast as premiums and about seven times as fast as wages and inflation. For nearly two decades, states have attempted to address… Continue Reading