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Being Poor in the US Shortens Life Expectancy By 5 Years | Care2 Causes

Being Poor in the US Shortens Life Expectancy By 5 Years | Care2 Causes

A recent survey revealed that the US ranks poorly among industrialized nations as far as health care and economic opportunities for women. Another new study makes another strike against the US: For all that the US spends on health care, wide disparities exist for Americans. Life expectancy for poorer US citizens is five years less than that for affluent citizens, say researchers from Rice University and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Social scientists looked at historical data from 1930 through 2000 from the Human Mortality Database , to identify trends in mortality and predict life expectancy to the year 2055. In 1930, average life expectancy was 59.85 years; by 2000, it was 77.1 years. But, says Justin Denney, an assistant professor of sociology at Rice University who was the lead author for the study, most of the gains in life expectancy were made in the 1930s, ...

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