Report Finds Americans' Health Is Flagging

Life expectancy has declined over the past three years, driven down by increasing rates of suicides and drug overdoses.
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This is not new news, but it's strong confirmation of earlier observations that have been somewhat controversial, and also bad news that the trend is continuing.That trend is declining life expectancy in the U.S. I'm not linking to the full report in JAMA because it's incredibly wonky and behind a paywall anyway, but rather to the associated editorial, which tells you what you need to know.Before we get into the substance of this, let me explain the concept of life expectancy. I'll try to put this simply, but some people find it confusing. It's really a fictitious, though useful, construct. It isn't really a prediction of ...
Source: Stayin' Alive - Category: American Health Source Type: blogs
Life expectancy among people living in the United States has fallen in recent years, driven in part by an uptick in deaths among young and middle-aged adults from drug overdose, alcohol consumption, and suicide, according to areport published today inJAMA.“The implications of increasing midlife mortality are broad, affecting working-age adults and thus employers, the economy, health care, and national security. The trends also affect children, whose parents are more likely to die in midlife and whose own health could be at risk when they reach that age, or sooner,” wrote Steven Woolf, M.D., M.P.H., and Heidi Sc...
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Deaths among young and middle-aged adults are responsible for the decrease; many deaths resulted from drug overdoses, suicides, and organ system diseases.Medscape Medical News
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Life expectancy at birth -- the average length of time that you are expected to live -- continues to drop for Americans, a new study finds. Drug overdoses, suicides, alcohol-related illnesses and obesity are largely to blame.
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An analysis of U.S. life expectancy finds risk for death among adults under age 65 is increasing due to opioid drug overdose and suicide, among other causes -- which experts point out is not happening in other countries.
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New health data confirm a 3-year drop in Americans' life expectancy, bucking a trend of rising longevity in other wealthy nations.
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Source: Journal of Medical Toxicology - Category: Toxicology Authors: Tags: J Med Toxicol Source Type: research
Objective: To determine the differences in the incidences and risks of suicide attempt (SA) and suicidal drug overdose (SDO) between patients with epilepsy with and without comorbid depression by using data from Taiwan's National Health Insurance Re...
Source: SafetyLit - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news
Every day in the United States, 130 people die of opioid-related causes [1]. In 2017, there were 47,600 overdose deaths related to opioids, which accounted for approximately two-thirds of all drug overdose deaths that year [2]. Patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) who present to emergency departments are especially vulnerable, as they are at higher risk for fatal overdose, trauma and suicide, than patients not seen in emergency departments [4,5,32,33]. Despite the need for increased hospital engagement in mortality-reducing efforts, it stands that many physicians are unfamiliar with addiction treatment best practices an...
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Conclusion: Risks of SA and SDO in patients with epilepsy are proportionally increased when depression is coexisted. Our findings provide crucial information for clinicians and the government for suicide prevention and to question whether prescribing a large number of medications to patients with epilepsy and depression is safe.
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