Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century

In “Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century,” Princeton Professors Anne Case and Angus Deaton follow up on their groundbreaking 2015 paper that revealed a shocking increase in midlife mortality among white non-Hispanic Americans, exploring patterns and contributing factors to the troubling trend. Case and Deaton find that while midlife […] Read more »

Teen use of any illicit drug other than marijuana at new low, same true for alcohol

Teenagers’ use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco declined significantly in 2016 at rates that are at their lowest since the 1990s, a new national study showed. But University of Michigan researchers cautioned that while these developments are “trending in the right direction,” marijuana still remains high for 12th-graders. CONT. U. […] Read more »

60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Bad Habits

Welcome to the 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll for October 2015. The subject of this month’s poll is Bad Habits. If the word habit can be defined as a recurring often unconscious pattern of behavior acquired through frequent repetition, then what constitutes a bad habit? CONT. CBS News Read more »

Drinking Highest Among Educated, Upper-Income Americans

Upper-income and highly educated Americans are more likely than other Americans to say they drink alcohol. Whereas eight in 10 adults in these socio-economic status groups say they drink, only about half of lower-income Americans and those with a high school diploma or less say they drink. CONT. Jeffrey M. […] Read more »