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Cancer Rate in Massachusetts Higher Than Most States

Cancer, the second leading cause of death in the United States, was first recorded as early as 4,000 years ago. The disease affects nearly all Americans, touching the lives both of those fighting the disease, and the many more who either support or have lost someone close to them. Every year, more than 1.5 million […]

Hampshire is the Least Obese County in Massachusetts

Obesity is a serious epidemic in the United States. Over one third of the population has a Body Mass Index (BMI) score greater than or equal to 30, which is considered not just overweight, but obese. Obesity can take a significant toll on one’s overall health and longevity. As of 2016, the states with the […]

1 in 4 People in Massachusetts Have a Preexisting Condition

Prior to the passing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 – commonly referred to as “Obamacare” – most insurance providers would issue policies based on a customer’s current health and health history. For this reason, many Americans with preexisting conditions were denied access to private health insurance and treatment. According to the Kaiser Family […]

More Than 1 in 10 Seniors Have Alzheimer’s in Massachusetts

The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia, will rise by at least 14% in all 50 states over the next eight years. However, the rate of increase will be higher in some states than others, according to a recent report from the Alzheimer’s Association, […]

Why Diabetes is Less Prevalent in Boston

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 29.1 million Americans today have diabetes. While diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., most cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable. Diabetes can be prevented by healthy eating, weight management, and an active lifestyle — factors which vary heavily by geography. […]

Fatal Accidents Less Common in Massachusetts

Abruptly losing a loved one in an accident is one of life’s greatest tragedies. While often regarded as rare, approximately one American dies in an accident every four minutes. In fact, fatalities from car crashes, drug overdoses, and other accidents are the most common types of death in the first half of an American’s life. […]

Why Cancer is More Common in Boston

Surpassed by only heart disease, cancer is second leading cause of death in the United States. There are roughly 448 cases of cancer per 100,000 Americans, accounting for 22.5% of all deaths nationwide. In the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area, an estimated 481 out of every 100,000 residents have been diagnosed with cancer, higher than the national […]

Nearly One in Six Adults Have Past-Due Medical Debt in Massachusetts

The vast majority of people have experienced, are dealing with, or will someday likely endure any number of medical problems. Serious diseases, chronic conditions, and grave injuries or accidents often mean a trip to the nearest hospital. In the United States — even for those with health insurance — such events are often extremely costly. […]

Life Expectancy Among the Longest in Massachusetts

America spent an estimated $9,451 per person on healthcare in 2015, by far the most of any country. However, among wealthy, industrialized nations, the U.S. has the largest share of residents not getting the medical care they need due to financial costs. Among the 35 member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, […]

More Than One in Three Adults Report Too Little Sleep in Massachusetts

More than one in three adults in America are getting less sleep than they need. While insufficient sleep is often considered normal, it can have dramatic effects on a population’s health and productivity. According to research funded by the National Institutes of Health, sleep deprivation in America is a largely unaddressed and growing public health […]

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