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Shorter life expectancies in eastern versus western Europe

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2067 (Published 03 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2067

The gap in life expectancy between eastern and western Europe is 12 years for men and eight years for women, and it is greater today for men than it was four decades ago. Whereas life expectancy has continuously improved in the west over that time, patterns have been inconsistent in the east.

The rise in the west is …

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