life expectancy

Why Is U.S. Life Expectancy Down for a Second Year in a Row?

Life expectancy in the US has declined for the second year in a row as the opioid crisis continues to ravage the nation.

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The Depressing Trendlines That Are Driving America's Decline in Life Expectancy

The United States may be the world’s only true “superpower,” but when it comes to average life expectancy, we might as well be a third-world banana republic. Despite our enormous wealth relative to the rest of the world, the U.S., with an average life expectancy of just under 80 years old, ranks just 42nd in the world, behind such world powers as Monaco (89.5 years), Luxembourg (82.3 years), Liechtenstein (81.9 years), Norway (81.8 years), and the Cayman Islands (81.2 years). If Republican health care proponents get their way and succeed in repealing the Affordable Health Care Act, there is little doubt America will slide even further down the list.

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Once Middle Class, Millions Are Joining the Ranks of 'Disposable' Americans

Poor Americans are becoming increasingly disposable in our winner-take-all society, as often noted in the passionate writings of Henry Giroux. After 35 years of wealth redistribution to the super-rich, inequality has forced much of the middle class down to near-poverty levels, worsened by the fact that they are also blamed for their own misfortunes. 

The evidence for this disposability keeps accumulating: income and wealth—and health—are all declining for middle-class America. Meanwhile, those at the top could not be less concerned. As wealth at the top grows, the super-rich feel they have little need for the rest of society. 

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Sanders Exposes More Inequality: Low-Income Americans Die Earlier and Lose Out on Social Security

Low-income Americans are dying younger compared to their higher-income peers, hence losing out on earned Social Security benefits, according to a new study prepared for Sen. Bernie Sanders by the Government Accountability Office.

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Inequality Is Killing Middle America

This week, Angus Deaton will receive the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics “for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare.” Deservedly so. Indeed, soon after the award was announced in October, Deaton published some startling work with Ann Case in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – research that is at least as newsworthy as the Nobel ceremony.

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America Is the Best Country in the World at Being Last

Like you and other Americans, I love my country, its wonderful people, its boundless energy, its creativity in so many fields, its natural beauty, its many gifts to the world, and the freedom it has given us to express ourselves. So we should all be angry, profoundly angry, when we consider what has happened to our country and what that neglect could mean for our children and grandchildren.

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What's Really Killing Americans Today: Obesity, Guns... and Poisoning?

Contrary to media hype and the posturing of politicians, Ebola and ISIS are very unlikely to cause our early deaths. More likely to shorten American lives are some unhealthy behaviors that are actually somewhat under our control, like overeating to the point of obesity and overdosing on drugs.

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Hate Kills: How Homophobia Takes Years Off of Your Life

This article originally appeared at Pacific Standard, and is reprinted here with their permission.

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McDowell County, USA Has Close to Haiti's Life Expectancy: Welcome to Third World America

The Affordable Care Act is merely a small step in the direction of universal healthcare. One need only look at the data on life expectancy among Americans to realize how badly health care reform is needed in the United States. People in much of Europe are, on the whole, outliving residents of the U.S., which in some places, is looking more and more like a Third World country when it comes to life expectancy.

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New Study: American Women Are Dying Younger Than Their Moms

Despite rapid medical and technological advances aimed at increasing life expectancy, it seems women today are missing out on benefiting from such progress.  

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Want a Long Life? Leave Mississippi

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This map shows how long state residents can expect to be healthy after age 65 (Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

With lifespans lengthening, researchers found that where Americans live says a lot about how healthy they will be in later years.

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