Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Trends in U.S. mortality

Check out the PLoS Medicine article "The Reversal of Fortunes: Trends in County Mortality and Cross-County Mortality Disparities in the United States"; the authors' conclusions:

There was a steady increase in mortality inequality across the US counties between 1983 and 1999, resulting from stagnation or increase in mortality among the worst-off segment of the population. Female mortality increased in a large number of counties, primarily because of chronic diseases related to smoking, overweight and obesity, and high blood pressure.

Click here to access the online article.

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