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Americans' Shortening Life Expectancy Problem Is Nothing New
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27 Nov 2019 12:34 AM EST

A new study suggests that for decades, the U.S. life expectancy has lagged behind similar countries. Young to middle aged Americans have actually been dying more than in previous years. From 2010 to 2017, their overall mortality rate actually increased by six percent, amounting to around 33,000 extra deaths. That's thanks in part to worsening rates of worsening rates of suicide, drug overdoses, and other chronic health problems. According to Gizmodo, certain areas of the country have been hit much harder than others. The study authors found that those states were Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana. It’s supposed to be going down, as it is in other countries. The fact that that number is climbing, there’s something terribly wrong. Steven Woolf, Lead Author Virginia Commonwealth University

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