Stokes, Andrew C., Dielle J. Lundberg, Jacob Bor, Irma T. Elo, Katherine Hempstead, Samuel H. Preston. 2021. Association of Health Care Factors With Excess Deaths Not Assigned to COVID-19 in the U.S. JAMA Network Open.
"Approximately 20% of excess deaths in the US in 2020 were not reflected in COVID-19 death counts. These excess deaths included deaths caused by COVID-19 but not assigned to it as well as indirect deaths from other causes associated with delays in health care and the social and economic consequences of the pandemic. Prior research has documented differences in the percentage of excess deaths not assigned to COVID-19 at the state and county levels. In this study, we examined health care factors associated with excess deaths not assigned to COVID-19 at the county level."
Irma T. Elo (PSC/PARC Research Associate), Samuel H. Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate), and Andrew Stokes (GGD Alumnus) co-authored a new article published in PLOS Medicine entitled, "COVID-19 and Excess Mortality in the United States: A County-level Analysis." Read more about it in the Boston University Press Release.
Samuel Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Yana Vierboom (GGD alumnus) were featured in Penn Today for their publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article dives into their research on the increase of excess mortality in the United States. Preston and Vierboom were also featured in The Guardian.
Irma T. Elo (PSC/PARC Research Associate), Samuel H. Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and Andrew Stokes (GGD alumni) were featured in a Penn Today article about calculating excess mortality from the COVID-19 pandemic. Their research, available as a preprint on medRxiv, examines excess deaths at the county level, allowing the researchers to look at how patterns of excess deaths vary by demographic and structural factors.
A research paper by Samuel H. Preston (PSC/PARC Research Associate) and co-authors released today in PLOS One show that U.S. Drug Deaths Might Be Twice as High as Thought. The article has been cited in U.S. News & World Reports, Penn News Press Release, VICE, Physician's First Watch and Health Medicine Network article.
Irma T. Elo and Samuel H. Preston's research on life expectancy and non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. featured in Penn Today.
A study by Samuel Preston and Irma Elo uses nationally representative data to estimate the mortality hazards associated with diabetes, combining those hazards with the prevalence of diabetes to estimate the fraction of deaths attributable to diabetes and its effect on life expectancy. Evaluating the impact of diabetes on age-specific mortality may be salient in identifying the effect of rising obesity levels on US mortality and its contribution to racial/ethnic mortality disparities. Read more about this project here.
Research led by professor Samuel Preston and Penn alum Andrew Stokes of the School of Arts and Sciences measured the impact of rising obesity on mortality rates in the United States, based on the maximum body mass index of individuals between 1988 and 2011. They found that the obesity epidemic is to blame for preventing the U.S. from fully benefitting from factors that could lower mortality rates, such as medical advancements and reductions in smoking. Read article here.
Samuel H. Preston is quoted in the New York Times article: "White Americans Are Dying Younger as Drug and Alcohol Abuse Rises."
Samuel H. Preston and Irma T. Elo's PDR paper "Anatomy of a Municipal Triumph: New York City's Upsurge in Life Expectancy," was recently discussed in The New York Times article: "Poor New Yorkers Tend to Live Longer Than Other Poor Americans."
Kevin G. Volpp received the National Institutes of Health 2015 Matilda White Riley Award and gives named lecture at NIH's 20th Anniversary Celebration of the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, read more in this announcement from Penn Medicine. Last year's winner of this prestigious award was Samuel H. Preston.
New PSC Working Paper: Preston, Samuel, Ezra Fishman, and Andrew Stokes. 2014. "Lifetime Probability of Developing Diabetes in the United States." PSC Working Paper Series, PSC 14-4.
Samuel H. Preston and Irma T. Elo's recent study forthcoming in the journal Population and Development Review on New York City's mortality decline is discussed in the New York Times.
Samuel Preston has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Congratulations!
Sam Preston was interviewed on HuffPost Live about Americans dying younger than people in other developed countries.
Andrew Stokes is quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer in an article about obesity in the U.S. and his AJPH paper with Samuel H. Preston is also mentioned.
The Preston and Ho working paper, "The US Health Care System and Lagging Life Expectancy: A Case Study." PSC Working Paper Series PSC 09-01, has been discussed on the Becker-Posner blog as well as the Greg Mankiw's blog in addition to being cited in a letter to the editor of the New England Journal of Medicine (Volume 361(2):202-206) on "Prostate-Cancer Screening," by Preston.
Now available: Preston, Samuel H. and Jessica Ho. 2009. "The US Health Care System and Lagging Life Expectancy: A Case Study." PSC Working Paper Series PSC 09-01.