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Two CDC reports look at regional, racial, and sex disparities in US health

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 22 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4672
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

Two reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight regional, racial, and sex disparities in people’s health in the United States.

A study in the latest issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report looked at healthy life expectancy of people aged 65 years in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.1 The study defined healthy life expectancy as the years of healthy life a 65 year old could expect to live, which on average across states was 13.9 years, found the researchers, led by Man-Huei Chang of the CDC’s Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office. The total life expectancy at age 65 averaged across the states was 19.1 years.

But healthy life expectancy of men and women was generally less in the US South than …

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