You win some, you lose some

The World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation have released their latest reports on global health. Let’s start with the good news: infectious diseases are declining around the world. That short statement packs in a lot of positive developments, including that the average lifespan is lengthening and people are generally healthier. The bad news? Now that the scourges of childhood have been beaten back, the illnesses of the aged are emerging. Chronic (persistent or long-lasting) diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, are on the rise, turning patterns of illness on their head.

Check out this great article for more information and links to the reports.

An Introduction

The point.

For better or worse, disease touches every stage and facet of our lives; it affects how we live and interact with others. In this blog I will explore the intersection of disease and society. Each month gets its own theme, as follows:

  • January ~ novelty
  • February ~ love
  • March ~ combat
  • April ~ economics
  • May ~ language
  • June ~ family
  • July ~ wildlife
  • August ~ art
  • September ~ education
  • October ~ exploration
  • November ~ agriculture
  • December ~ religion

I will post a minimum of twice a month: the first post will highlight a disease associated with the theme of the month, and the second will discuss a topic related to the theme. I will aim to keep the posts short and sweet, and will also post sporadically about other relevant articles, books, and issues.

The person.

What I am: I’m currently a PhD student studying disease ecology.

What I am not: I am most certainly NOT a doctor, nurse, physician’s assistant, dentist, chiropractor, naturopath, or any other kind of medical practitioner or student of the great science of medicine. While all the information I post will be based on the best information I can find, none of it is intended as medical advice or diagnosis.