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White middle class death rate rise is linked to common diseases

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 01 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i626
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The rise in death rates among middle aged white people in the United States may be linked to a failure to make progress in reducing mortality from common causes of death in this population, such as heart disease, and to changes to their socioeconomic status, a report by the Commonwealth Fund suggests.

Last November the Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton reported that death rates among white people between the ages of 45 and 64—which had been falling by an average of 1.8% a year since the 1970s—had begun to rise in the late 1990s by about a half a percent a …

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