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Pennsylvania is Less Healthy Than Most States

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Life Expectancy in Philadelphia On Par With Nation

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD metro area, life expectancy is 78.1 years at birth, lower than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Pennsylvania, life expectancy […]

State College is the Drunkest City in Pennsylvania

Alcohol abuse cost the United States $250 billion in 2010, according to a 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These costs include health care expenses associated with alcohol consumption as well as estimated lost productivity. Binge drinking was related to three-quarters of the total cost. Residents of different states report different […]

Philadelphia Residents More Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 17.8% of adults in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington metro area smoke, slightly higher than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 19.9% statewide smoking rate. Philadelphia’s smoking rate is the fourth lowest in Pennsylvania. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United […]

Pennsylvania Has Fewer McDonald’s Than Most States

McDonald’s (NYSE: MCD) is the largest fast-food hamburger chain in America with nearly 16,000 locations nationwide. In areas that have the most McDonald’s per capita, the population tends to have higher rates of obesity and heart disease. While a direct connection cannot be made between McDonald’s and negative health outcomes, areas with clusters of fast-food […]

Pennsylvania Has a Higher Vaccination Rate Than Most States

Despite longstanding recommendations to vaccinate, preventable infectious diseases are still a major cause of disability and death in the United States. The current immunization schedule saves 33,000 lives, prevents 14 million cases of disease, and saves tens of billions of dollars in health care costs a year. While progress has been achieved, still an estimated […]

Pennsylvania is Better Than Most States for Healthy Retirement

The number of senior citizens living in the United States is expected to double in the next 25 years. The aging baby boom generation and improved medical technology will lead to significant increased demand for health care, palliative care, and other industries specifically tailored to the aging population. Some states are likely better prepared than […]

Philadelphia Residents Exercise More Than Most Americans

Working out and remaining active are important components of a healthy lifestyle. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise can help control weight, fight certain diseases and conditions, promote better sleep, and improve mood. The message may be getting through as Americans appear to be exercising more every year. Though awareness of the importance of […]

Pennsylvania is Among the States With the Most Skin Cancer

An estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Diagnosis rates of melanoma — one of the most common and deadly forms of skin cancer — doubled in the United States between 1982 and 2011. Meanwhile, skin cancer treatment cost Americans $8.1 billion a year from 2007 to 2011, more than […]

Pennsylvania Has the 8th Most Drug Overdoses

Fatal drug overdoses are on the rise in the United States. Specifically, deaths from heroin and other opioids have increased to the point that public health officials are calling it an epidemic. Roughly 47,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2014, the highest on record. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans each year than either […]

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