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Older Americans are not as healthy as older Europeans, study says

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 18 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b675
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Among adults aged 50 to 74, Americans are less healthy than western Europeans, including the English, at almost all wealth levels, and only the richest Americans have the same level of health as their English and other European counterparts. These are some of the findings of a study published in the American Journal of Public Health (2009;99:540-8, doi:10.2105/AJPH.2008.139469) by authors from the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts; and University College London. They found no difference by sex.

    “Americans face a health disadvantage such that no matter what their wealth, their health lags behind that achieved by comparable Europeans. The disadvantage is remarkably pervasive and affects even …

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