Health

Article

Race, Gender, Region: Understanding the Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

Author: Thomas J. Bollyky
Council on Foreign Relations

Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, released its 2015 mortality statistics, which showed U.S. life expectancy fell from 78.9 to 78.8 years over the prior year. it is worth putting these results in the context of long-term trends in U.S. life expectancy and comparing them to other nations. Three lessons emerge when you do.

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Expert Brief

Health and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Age of Miracles

Authors: Thomas J. Bollyky and Eric Goosby

To continue the extraordinary progress of the past fifteen years, the next U.S. administration should further integrate global health, development, and pandemic preparedness into the U.S. national security architecture, write CFR's Thomas J. Bollyky and Eric Goosby, former U.S. AIDS Coordinator and UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis.

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Event

Ready or Not: Medical Countermeasures for Pandemics

Speaker: Steve Davis
Speaker: Richard Hatchett
Presider: Thomas J. Bollyky

Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH, and Richard Hatchett, acting director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) discuss spurring the development and delivery of medical tools to prepare for emerging infectious disease outbreaks as part of the Global Health, Economics, and Development Roundtable Series.

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Event

Global Hearts: Confronting the Cardiovascular Disease Crisis

Speaker: John Boyce
Speaker: Thomas R. Frieden
Introductory Remarks: Michael R. Bloomberg
Speaker: Paulyn Rosell-Ubial
Introductory Remarks: Margaret Chan
Presider: Richard E. Besser

Experts discuss the growing crisis of noncommunicable diseases, specifically cardiovascular diseases, and the initiatives by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in countering these threats globally.

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News Release

Resources on the Olympics From CFR and Foreign Affairs

The 2016 Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this Friday, August 5. To help better understand the full significance of the Olympic games, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Foreign Affairs offer resources on the games' political, economic, and health implications for Brazil and the world.

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Article

Review: ‘Zika’ Tracks the Trajectory of an Epidemic

Author: Laurie Garrett
The New York Times

If a publisher had come to me four months ago and asked me to write a book about the Zika crisis in just 30 days, I’m not sure I would have had the courage to say yes, as Donald G. McNeil Jr. did. So many assumptions written in March or April could prove wrong by June or August that the challenge of quickly producing a book on Zika would seem too risky — given that there will also be sleep deprivation, speed writing, high-velocity editing and rewrite ahead.

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