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Life Expectancy in Baltimore Lower 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 Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD metro area, the average life expectancy is 77.7 years old, lower than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Maryland, life […]

California-Lexington Park is the Drunkest City in Maryland

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 […]

Baltimore Residents Less Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 15.3% of adults in the Baltimore-Columbia-Towson metro area smoke, lower than the 17.0% national smoking rate and higher than the 14.6% statewide smoking rate. Baltimore’s smoking rate is the second lowest in Maryland. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. […]

Maryland Has the 4th Highest Rate of 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 […]

Maryland’s Vaccination Rate is Higher Than Most States

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 […]

Maryland is the 18th 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 […]

Baltimore is More Miserable Than Most Cities

Well-being captures the happiness of individuals. Happier workers are often more productive, and a healthy economy can improve the well-being of residents. Measuring well-being is a complex process, and the well-being of populations varies tremendously across the United States. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed polling company Gallup’s 2015 Healthways Well-Being Index, which measures the well-being of […]

Maryland 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 […]

Maryland Has More Skin Cancer Than Most States

An estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Diagnosis rates of melanoma — one of the most common and deadly forms of skin cancer — doubled in the United States between 1982 and 2011. Meanwhile, skin cancer treatment cost Americans $8.1 billion a year from 2007 to 2011, more than […]

Baltimore is Among the Cities in the Bottom 15% for Health Insurance Coverage

When compared to European countries and other developed nations such as New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, The United States stands out as the only nation without a publicly financed universal health care system. Around one third of U.S. residents are covered by public programs, namely Medicaid and Medicare. Including private coverage, 88.3% of Americans have […]

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