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Pancreatic Cancer: Bacteria May Play a Role

Pancreatic Cancer: Bacteria May Play a Role | HEALTH and WELLNESS |
Pancreatic cancer is among the deadliest cancers, but it is little understood. Now, a growing body of evidence shows that bacterial infections play a role in triggering pancreatic cancer.
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The Poor State of Health of Americans

The Poor State of Health of Americans | HEALTH and WELLNESS |
A new study highlights some of the reasons the United States is falling so far behind other developed countries by most measures of public health.

Via Graham Player Ph.D.
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Researchers at the University of Washington and the US Burden of Disease Project have analyzed two decades’ worth of health records from 34 developed countries and determined “which diseases, injuries and risk factors are related to the greatest losses of health, and how these risk factors and health outcomes are changing over time.”

They found that 27 out of 33 peer countries now out-rank the USA on mortality statistics such as life expectancy and premature death. They also show the leading causes of disability and death in the USA and compare their change from the previous decade. Here is a partial list of diseases showing their percentage increase over that period:

Alzheimer disease - 159%
Chronic kidney disease - 69%
Diabetes - 58%
Osteoarthritis - 56%
Major depressive disorder - 43%
Cirrhosis - 38%
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) - 34%
Schizophrenia - 29%
Non-ischemic cardiovascular diseases - 27%
Asthma - 14%
Lung cancer - 4%
Colorectal cancer - 3%

The researchers point out that the average American has seen “an increase in the number of years lived with disability” since 1990, and “chronic disability now accounts for nearly half of the health burden in the United States.”

The high rates of death and disability in the USA are driven by social, economic and environmental factors, rather than biological factors. Medicine is not the remedy for that situation. The primary root causes of these problems are related to lifestyle, physical inactivity, diet, and environmental pollution.