For Americans Under 50, Stark Findings on Health

By: Sabrina Tavernise
Source: New York Times

From article:

Younger Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than their counterparts in other developed countries, with far higher rates of death from guns, car accidents and drug addiction, according to a new analysis of health and longevity in the United States.

Researchers have known for some time that the United States fares poorly in comparison with other rich countries, a trend established in the 1980s. But most studies have focused on older ages, when the majority of people die.

This article is based on U.S. Health in International Perspective: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. The pre-publication edition is available to read online for free here.

An interactive graph comparing the United States and 16 “peer” countries is here and the project website is here.

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