Alan Lopez

0 The burden of a new global health agenda

Flickr, Oliver Erdmann A massive study of death, disability and disease on Earth, coordinated out of Seattle and to be officially published in The Lancet on Friday, could do for global health something like what Galileo did for the solar system. It’s called the Global Burden of Disease (technically, the…

0 If 7 billion people are living on Earth, how many are dying?

 Flickr, aldinegirl87 One of the big news items this week was that the global human population was expected to reach 7 billion with a baby born on Halloween, according to a gang of UN statisticians. That was yesterday. Today is Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos in…

6 Why is mental illness so low on the global health agenda?

Flickr, by Dierk Schaefer Seattle recently hosted a big international meeting in which many of the world’s leaders in the fight to improve health met to parse data, debate statistical methods and struggle toward consensus aimed at informing the global health agenda. Given this focus on data, are the biggest…