Deaths of Despair
Ah, to be a millennial! Or not. New data from the Trust for America's Health, a nonpartisan health policy and research group, suggests "deaths of despair" are up in this age cohort, now in their 20s and 30s (born between 1981 and 1996). The number of drug-related deaths rose 108% between 2007 and 2017. Alcohol-related deaths rose nearly 70% in the same time period, and suicides rose sharply between 2011 and 2016, becoming the second leading cause of death among those ages 15 to 34.
Years of public health warnings seem to be moving more Americans to exercise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults get at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week and do muscle-strengthening exercises at least twice a week. Since 2008, when the guidelines came out, the percentage of adults who meet the recommendation has risen from 18% to almost 25% -- not great, but better.
Body of Knowledge
Your ears never stop hearing, even while you sleep. Your brain just ignores incoming signals.
Get Me That. Stat!
Here's how the average American male and female currently stand (and weigh), according to the CDC. Men: 5-foot-9, 197.8 pounds, waist circumference 40.3 inches. Women: 5-foot-3.6, 170.5 pounds, waist circumference 38.7 inches.
Mark Your Calendar
August is awareness month for breastfeeding, immunizations, psoriasis, digestive tract paralysis (such as the inability of the stomach to completely empty itself) and children's eye health. Act accordingly.