U.S. Child Mortality Among Worst in Developed World

TruNews – January 12, 2018

A Johns Hopkins University study, meant to push for greater federal funding for programs like the Children’ Health Insurance Program and Food Stamps, offers disturbing statistics regarding child mortality in the U.S. compared to the rest of the developed world.

In a report published earlier this week, university researchers studied child mortality rates for the U.S. and 19 “economically similar” member countries of the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation over a 50-year period beginning in 1961. Since the 1980s, the U.S. mortality rate has been the worst among the 20 countries reviewed.

While rates have improved, the improvement in the U.S. has lagged far behind those of other developed countries, in spite of the enormous amount of money Americans pay for health care. The researchers concluded that over the 50-year period, there were 600,000 “excess deaths” in the U.S.

The leading causes of death in the most recent decade recorded, 2001-2010, were premature birth and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. U.S. infants, they concluded, are three times more likely to die than in the other economically similar countries.


OHA Concerned About Syphilis Epidemic In Oregon

– February 20, 2017

Oregon is in the midst of a syphilis epidemic according to the Oregon Health Authority. Cases of the disease have increased 2,000 percent over the last decade.

Back in 2007, syphilis had all but been eradicated in Oregon. There were just 26 cases.

Last year, there were close to 570.

Sean Shaffer with the OHA’s Public Health Division said he’s very concerned.

“It is a big problem and in order for us to interrupt it, we really need the help of the healthcare providers to start asking their patients about some pretty direct questions” about their sex lives and their partners he said. “You know, whether they happen to have a history of methamphetamine use. Not for punishment or for stigma, but to make sure they get the appropriate health care.”