In some parts of the world, such as the U.S., more people are living to be 100 years old or older than ever before. Yet globally, the health of the human race is not improving, at least not as measured by how many years of an expected lifespan people are losing to disease, and how many people live with subpar health.

This news, certainly worthy of a screaming tabloid headline, comes from The Lancet, a publisher of health and medical information journals, papers and other publications.

In its Global Burden of Disease Study, the Lancet said that more people are reporting more health problems than in past years, and that more people are dying "early" due to these conditions.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.