UW Has 29 Faculty on ‘Highly Cited Researchers’ List for 2016

Twenty-nine University of Washington faculty members are among a list of the year’s most highly cited researchers in the natural and social sciences, including Christopher Murray and Mohsen Naghavi of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, and Michael Gale, Alan Lopez and Michael Brauer from the Department of Global Health. 

CBS News: Where You Live May Determine How You Die

By Dennis Thompson

What causes a person’s death depends in large part on where they spend their lives, concludes a new county-level analysis of U.S. mortality data.

Armed with this sort of information, county and city health departments can focus their efforts on the specific problems affecting their communities, said lead researcher Ali Mokdad, Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington.

The Atlantic: Why Are So Many Americans Dying Young?

By: Olga Khazan

For the first time since the 1990s, Americans are dying at a faster rate, and they’re dying younger. A pair of new studies suggest Americans are sicker than people in other rich countries, and in some states, progress on stemming the tide of basic diseases like diabetes has stalled or even reversed. The studies suggest so-called “despair deaths”—alcoholism, drugs, and suicide—are a big part of the problem, but so is obesity, poverty, and social isolation.

NBC News: Death Rate Grows, Life Expectancy Shrinks for Americans

The U.S. death rate is on the rise for the first time in more than 15 years, with life expectancy for a baby born in 2015 dropping slightly, the government reported Thursday.

In a trend that's worrying experts, the nation's death rate — or the number of deaths for every 100,000 U.S. residents — rose 1.2 percent from 2014 to last year, the first noteworthy uptick since 1999.

TakePart: Obesity and Hunger Are Twin Crises

By Betty Baboujon 

Despite decades of warnings, obesity poses a growing problem worldwide. Once it was thought to afflict just affluent countries, where excess can easily become a way of life. In reality, obesity is a global issue affecting poorer countries on a grand scale. While there has been progress in reducing hunger globally, the next stage doesn’t look too promising.

The Seattle Times: Population Health is a Moral Imperative — Here’s How We’ll Solve Local and Global Problems

By Ana Mari Cauce and Ali H. Mokdad

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s recent gift for construction of a population-health facility will greatly advance the interdisciplinary and collaborative work of our faculty members, students, partners and collaborators across the UW, the region and the world.