Reuters has an article from this week headlined: Heart disease "will kill 400,000 Americans in 2010".
True, it is still the leading cause of death in the US.
But the media fail to mention the good news: our treatments for heart disease have gotten better. Here's a chart:
Total deaths from heart disease are down, too. The CDC says they went from 342 per 100,000 people in 1999 to 276 per 100,000 in 2006.
Odds are you've also heard of the "cancer epidemic". But it's not true. Overall age-adjusted cancer incidence rates haven't gone up.
And our treatments for cancer have been getting better. Here are 5-year survival rates:
I go over these issues with health expert Betsy McCaughey on my show "Life is Getting Better", which re-runs tonight at 10pm ET.