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Posts Tagged ‘ life expectancy ’

The Cost of the Healthcare System is Killing Us

November 8, 2015

A report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that for the first time ever recorded, the mortality rate of middle-age whites in the U.S. has been increasing the last two decades. “After 1998, other rich countries’ mortality rates continued to decline by 2% a year. In contrast, US white...
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A Different View on the Value of Statins

March 25, 2015

Do you like to take pills? I don’t. I bet most family physicians would say they have some patients who should be better at taking pills and some who love taking pills too much. For people who don’t like taking pills, what would a trade-off look like? If you were given...
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How Long Should We Expect to Live if A Lot of Us are Overweight?

September 11, 2011

All of us want to live long healthy lives, but what if the lives aren’t really healthy? A study in the Journal of Gerontology concluded that our increasing national life expectancy – which is still low compared to the rest of the developed world – has not increased lately. More disturbing...
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A Different Look at U.S. Life Expectancy

June 6, 2011

Some of the recalcitrant zealots supporting the existing U.S. healthcare system say that U.S. life expectancy is improving, therefore major changes aren’t necessary. Some say that the difference in life expectancy between the U.S. and the rest of the developed world is explained in large part by more premature deaths from...
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