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Massachusetts is America’s 2nd Healthiest State

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 Boston Higher Than 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 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH metro area, life expectancy is 80.5 years at birth, greater than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Massachusetts, life expectancy […]

Boston-Cambridge-Newton is the Drunkest City in Massachusetts

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 […]

Boston Residents Less Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 14.0% of adults in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area smoke, lower than the 17.0% national smoking rate and slightly lower than the 14.7% statewide smoking rate. The Boston smoking rate is the second lowest in Massachusetts. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the […]

Massachusetts is Among the States with the Least McDonald’s

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 […]

Boston Has the 3rd Highest Vaccination Rate

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 […]

Massachusetts is the 3rd Best State 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 […]

Massachusetts is One of the Next States to Legalize Marijuana

In 2013, only 7% of American adults said they were marijuana users. Today, less than three years later, usage rates have nearly doubled, as 13% of U.S. adults say they smoke pot — according to a recent Gallup poll. Despite what appears to be growing acceptance of the drug, the DEA recently reiterated marijuana’s classification […]

Boston is Healthier Than 90% of Cities

At 78.5 years, life expectancy in the United States, while trailing several dozen other countries, has continuously risen in the past century. Leading this upward trajectory are the 25 healthiest U.S. cities. These cities span 14 states and are located across multiple regions, from the Northeast to the Southwest — yet most share several common […]

Boston is in the Drunkest 20% of Cities in America

Alcohol poisoning and alcohol-related liver diseases are major contributors to the recently identified spike in mortality among middle aged, white Americans. Alcohol is the fourth leading cause of preventable death in the United States, claiming nearly 88,000 lives a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Across the country, the share […]

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