Good news about our health

Amid the often depressing news about our individual and collective health (obesity rates expanding! diabetes on the rise! heart disease through the roof!), I find it comforting to be reminded of what’s going right or getting better in health care.

Yay - this health news makes us happy!

I’m frequently reminded by DMU students, faculty and alumni, who are passionate about great patient care and their professions. And, recently, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention composed a list of noteworthy public health achievements that occurred in the United States from 2001 to 2010. These achievements (and, arguably, others) have increased life expectancy in the U.S. by 62 percent in the 20th century.

The CDC’s list includes prevention and control of infectious diseases, tobacco control, cancer prevention and childhood lead poisoning prevention. The list, the organization says, has improved our population’s health at every stage of life.

What do you think the biggest public health achievements have been in the past decade? What do you expect the biggest achievements to be in the decade ahead? And in what areas do we need to make the greatest strides?

One response to “Good news about our health

  1. I am personally pleased to see the progress that has been made with tobacco control. It wasn’t that long ago that you would have to deal with second hand smoke in every restaurant you walked in to. It seems like we are turning that corner where people are finally wising up to dangers of smoking and second hand smoke. There is still work to be done…but as you say, we need to stop every once in awhile to make note of our progress. Thanks for the post. 

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