Child health in the UK is lagging behind that of most other European countries, a major report has said. It raises particular concerns over rates of obesity, mental health issues and mortality among the young. The in-depth report, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, urges the four governments of the UK to reduce the growing health gap between rich and poor children. Health ministers said they welcomed the report and its message on child health. The report looked at 25 health indicators, including asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, as well as obesity, breastfeeding and mortality, to provide a snapshot of children's health and wellbeing.
Life expectancy is projected to exceed 90 years for the first time, according to a study in the U.K. medical journal, The Lancet. South Korea in particular tops the globe with the largest increase in life expectancy across both men and women. SEE ALSO: Facebook's new bereavement leave raises an important point about grief in the workplace More than half of women born in South Korea in 2030 will be expected to live to more than 90 years old, an increase of 6.6 years over those born in 2010, the study says. Men will be expected to average 84 years in the future as well, an increase of 7 years over 2010 babies. Other countries expected to enjoy significant boosts to their longevity include Australia, France, Japan and Spain.
The Affordable Care Act appears to have improved the health of young pregnant women and their babies. A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at the effects of the ACA provision allowing young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance through age 26. The researchers studied a group of unmarried and pregnant 25 and 26 year old women who were covered by that rule, and found them more likely to receive prenatal care and slightly less likely to have a preterm birth than a similar group of 27 and 28 year old women, who were just old enough to be ineligible for that kind of coverage. Jamie R. Daw, a health policy doctoral student at Harvard Medical School and a lead author on the study, said the findings were significant because a third of US babies are born to women between the ages of 19 and 25. "Our findings support the theory that women benefitted from this provision of the ACA," she said. Daw believes the younger group's better outcomes have to do with getting insurance earlier.
There are a lot of factors that go into defining high-quality healthcare. How well doctors prevent disease, how diseases are being eradicated, vaccine administration, emotional counseling and so much more are all factors to be considered. Some nations do these things better than others. Here we take a look at five countries who do a better job than most at healthcare. If you have cystic fibrosis, Canada is the place to be.
Infant mortality, the death of children under the age of one year, is usually considered a yardstick for a country's public health. Its rate, calculated by the number of deaths per 1,000 live births, in the United States reached a new low in the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its report Tuesday. The CDC noted there were 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005. This rate drastically dropped by 15 percent to 5.82 in 2014. The CDC said it analyzed data from the National Vital Statistics System to arrive at trends by race, state and causes.