Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/9/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Devastation led to better standards of living afterwards

Where there a bright side to the Black Death? That's what some researchers have concluded. While the Black Death devastated Europe in the 14th Century and untold millions of people died, the devastation led the survivors to adapt better living conditions.

Survival and general health improved dramatically by the 16th Century, with people living much longer than before the epidemic broke out.

Survival and general health improved dramatically by the 16th Century, with people living much longer than before the epidemic broke out.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/9/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Black Death, health conditions, survivors, plague


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - An analysis of skeletons in London cemeteries has shown those who survived the Black Death lived longer and had better health than ever before.

It took an enormously heavy toll on the world, but the improvements in health only occurred because of the death of huge numbers of people.

Find out how you can get food to needy children -- by going here!

Dr. Sharon DeWitte of South Carolina University says that this is evidence of how infectious disease has the power to shape patterns of health in populations, said.

"Even in the face of major threats to health, such as repeated plague outbreaks, several generations of people who lived after the Black Death were healthier in general than people who lived before the epidemic," DeWitte says.

Killing 30-to-50 percent of the European population in the 14th Century, victims of the Black Death broke out in lumps and black spots and died within days. The elderly and the sick were most at risk of catching the bacterial infection, which was probably spread through sneezes and coughs, according to the latest theory.

Villages then faced starvation, with no workers left to plough the fields or bring in the harvest.

Little is known about the general health and death rates of the population, before and after the disease struck. DeWitte investigated how the deaths of frail people during the Black Death affected the population in London after the epidemic.

She analyzed nearly 600 skeletons buried in London cemeteries to estimate age ranges, birth rates and causes of death for medieval Londoners living before and after the epidemic.

Survival and general health improved dramatically by the 16th Century, with people living much longer than before the epidemic broke out.

"It really does emphasize how dramatically the Black Death shaped the population," she says. "The period I'm looking at after the Black Death, from about 200 hundred years after the epidemic. What I'm seeing in that time period is very clear positive changes in demography and health."

DeWitte admits that the aftermath of the epidemic would have been "horrifying and devastating" for those who survived. "Those improvements in health only occurred because of the death of huge numbers of people."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2016
Universal:
Small Farmers: That small farmers may receive a just reward for their precious labor.
Evangelization: African Christians: That Christians in Africa may give witness to love and faith in Jesus Christ amid political-religious conflicts.



Comments


More Health

Are you bored? Here's why and here's how to fix it! Watch

Image of Boredom is usually caused by overstimulation.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Are you bored? Is boredom a constant visitor in your life? If so, you could be suffering from overstimulation. Fortunately, the condition is curable. Here's how. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Most Americans are chronically bored. According to British ... continue reading


2 billion in danger of Zika this summer - are YOU prepared? Watch

Image of Zika is expected to spread across the tropic and subtropical areas in Asia, Africa and the Americas (123rf).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Scientists at the University of Oxford and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle estimate 2.2 billion people are at risk of contracting Zika. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A map published in the journal eLife indicated sections of South ... continue reading


Health insurance premiums about to rise for those who pay them Watch

Image of Obamacare is becoming more painful than ever.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Insurance companies are telling Obama and the American people they must permit them to raise rates substantially, or they will pull out of the Obamacare markets. This is more proof Obamacare is designed to fail. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Insurance ... continue reading


Sweaty billboards save lives? Watch

Image of The new billboard prototypes have been erected in Zika-infested countries (Posterscope/NBS).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Hate mosquitoes? Love living the bug-free life? These crazy sweaty billboards are exactly what you need! LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Billboards have been created to smell like human sweat while simultaneously shooting out carbon dioxide to attract, trap and ... continue reading


Is pornography the new cigarettes? Watch

Image of

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Is pornography the new cigarettes? According to some research, the answer is yes, prompting Utah officials to declare pornography a public health crisis. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - In the 1950s, nearly half of all Americans smoked cigarettes. There was ... continue reading


Can't sleep? Then don't read this horrifying article about KILLER insomnia Watch

Image of Fatal Familial Insomnia is a horrifying killer. About 40 families in the world have the deadly genetic mutation in their genes.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Imagine one night, you prepare for bed, but you cannot sleep. It's the latest in a spat of insomnia that seems to be worsening. The sleepless nights turn into days, then weeks without sleep. Eventually, you lose the ability to sleep altogether. What's happening and ... continue reading


First Zika infection between gay couple reported in the United States Watch

Image of Zika affects everyone - regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation (Queerty).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the case of sexually transmitted Zika virus between two men in Dallas, Texas. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - One of the men had traveled to Venezuela, where he was bitten by a Zika=infected mosquito.When he returned ... continue reading


Health insurance premiums to increase dramatically in 2017 as Obamacare inches towards failure Watch

Image of Obamacare is bound to fail. Only 1 person is surprised.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Health insurers are asking permission to raise their rates next year as they warn about the financial stability of Obamacare. Some are threatening to drop out of the Obamacare marketplace because they cannot make money. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Although ... continue reading


'It's everywhere around us': Deadly bacteria makes its way across the midwest Watch

Image of Cases of Elizabethkingia have been spreading across the Midwest (freestockphotos).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A common and usually harmless bacteria has resulted in at least 20 deaths in the Midwest. Meanwhile, 57 people have been diagnosed with the bacterial infection, which originated in Illinois and has since traveled to Wisconsin and Michigan. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Your prescription co-pays are about to skyrocket. Here's why Watch

Image of We're addicted and the manufacturers are greedy. This is why your prices will continue to skyrocket.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Spending on prescription drugs is expected to pick up over the next four years according to a report from the health information company, IMH Health Holdings. Americans may spend as much as $640 billion for their medications in 2020. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


All Health News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • Daily Readings for Friday, April 29, 2016
  • Daily Reading for Sunday, May 1st, 2016 HD Video
  • St. Catherine of Siena: Saint of the Day for Friday, April 29, 2016
  • 5 tips for Catholics to stay positive
  • A Marriage Blessing Prayer HD Video
  • LISTEN NOW: Benedictine nuns release new album
  • Why are these transparent wires being put up in cities around the world?

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 15:7-21
7 and after a long discussion, Peter stood up and addressed them. 'My ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 96:1-2, 2-3, 10
1 Sing a new song to Yahweh! Sing to Yahweh, all the earth!2 ... Read More

Gospel, John 15:9-11
9 I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. Remain in my ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 28th, 2016 Image

St. Peter Chanel
April 28: In St. Peter Chanel, Priest and Martyr (Feast day ... Read More