Some pre-existing conditions triple COVID death risk

Certain pre-existing conditions like heart disease, high blood pressure, and others can increase the chance of patients dying from COVID-19, research finds.

Barbara Schindo-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 death mortality featured health-and-medicine

How deadly is the coronavirus? The true fatality rate is tricky to find, but researchers are getting closer

The percentage of people who die from a coronavirus infection is an important number for public health experts to know. Recent estimates now put it at 0.26%, far lower than initially thought.

Alex Washburne, Disease Ecology Research Scientist, Montana State University • conversation
July 15, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus sars-cov-2 healthcare viruses mortality death-rate case-fatality-rate

Fast-acting countries cut their coronavirus death rates while US delays cost thousands of lives

Over the first 100 days of the pandemic, countries that quickly implemented strong policies successfully lowered their death rates faster. There were also some surprises in the successes and failures.

Joshua Aizenman, Professor of International Relations and Economics, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
May 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus politics policy spain italy social-distancing viruses united-states germany mortality democracy countries

Three charts that show where the coronavirus death rate is heading

Three graphs of mortality data tell the story of the direction the UK and the world are heading in after the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.

Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford • conversation
April 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus statistics covid-19-testing covid-19-pandemic mortality

Ignaz Semmelweis, the doctor who discovered the disease-fighting power of hand-washing in 1847

A Hungarian obstetrician was the first to nail down the importance of handwashing to stop the spread of infectious disease.

Leslie S. Leighton, Visiting Lecturer of History, Georgia State University • conversation
April 14, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: history-of-medicine maternal-mortality handwashing history-of-science hand-washing disease-control contagion cleanliness handwashing-and-coronavirus

Official drug death stats are off by half

"The basic records being kept are annual reports on the number of deaths from drug overdose. But that's only part of the picture."

Michele Berger-Penn • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: drugs life-expectancy overdose mortality health-and-medicine deaths

Oddly shaped parks cut mortality risk for nearby residents

The shape of parks may be key to getting the most out of them, according to a new study that shows irregularly shaped parks cut mortality risk.

Texas A&M University • futurity
Nov. 27, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: parks mortality health-and-medicine

Fewer deaths at hospitals that do more of these heart valve replacements

Researchers have found a link between the volume of transcatheter-aortic valve replacement hospitals perform and lower mortality rates.

Duke University • futurity
April 5, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: heart-disease hospitals mortality health-and-medicine hearts

Harvard panel addresses high maternal mortality rates

Harvard panel discusses doubling of maternal mortality rates in U.S. caused by inadequate hospital facilities, lack of access, insurance gaps, and systemic racism.

Brett Milano • harvard
March 5, 2019 ~5 min

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