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Around 34 million adults in the US know someone who has died in the past five years as a result of not having funds to pay for treatment, representing 13.4% of the adult population, a Gallup poll found. […] Read More

As Christians, rapidly escalating health care costs and the reality that our neighbors cannot afford health care should trouble our souls. The health of God’s creation is central to the good news. Here are 4 ways we can respond. […] Read More

Churches need to be structured and conditioned in such a way to respond with grace, compassion and love to those who are struggling with mental health issues. We must end the stigmas attached to the needs of mental health. […] Read More

The suicide rate in the US has been increasing for a decade. Its sharpest rise is occurring in children and teens, with the rates for 10- to 14-years-olds spiking 178% and for 15- to 19-year-olds increasing 76%. […] Read More

Some have suggested that a cause of climate change is the poor having large families. In reality, however, climate change is becoming a major factor in perpetuating poverty in nations as much as in families. […] Read More

Nearly 20 years. That’s the difference in life expectancy between richer and poorer economies, a World Health Organization report found. And in low-income economies, one out of every 41 women dies from maternal causes. […] Read More

More than 150,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2017 were related to alcohol, drugs and suicide, a study found. Total deaths attributable to these three factors have more than doubled since 1999. […] Read More

Zainabu Sesay will die in pain in Sierra Leone from breast cancer that has spread into her lymph glands. A tumor has “burst through her skin, looking like a putrid head of cauliflower weeping small amounts of blood at its edges,” reported the “New York Times.” She has no access to the one cheap, legal […] Read More

Christian conservatives are leading criticism of a Feb. 3 executive order by Texas Gov. Rick Perry requiring sixth-grade schoolgirls to get vaccinated for a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. Although health officials say a vaccine against human papillomavirus could prevent thousands of women’s deaths each year, pro-family groups argue vaccination could send a […] Read More

A pleasant surprise occurred in Texas politics this past weekend. For the first time, in a long time, Texas may be the first state to be proactive in an issue of public health. Gov. Rick Perry has announced plans to require a vaccine for girls entering the sixth grade. The vaccine is effective in reducing […] Read More