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U.S. Health "Disadvantage" Drags Down Life Expectancy

A new study from the Institutes of Medicine and the National Research Council shows American life expectancy puffing along in 16th place behind citizens of other developed countries. The “U.S. health disadvantage,” as the report called it, is partially driven by higher US death rates for traffic accidents, guns, and drugs, but even that could not account for the dismal American showing. “Something fundamental is going wrong,” Steven Woolf of Virginia Commonwealth University who chaired the panel told the NY Times. “Something at the core is causing the U.S. to slip behind these other high-income countries. And it’s getting worse.”

The National Academies Press has the complete report:

NY Times coverage:

Created on Friday, February 15, 2013

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