analysis: Unemployment, income affect life expectancy

News 12/18/18, 10:16

Even your lifespan can be local. Researchers have long said that health disparities are heavily influenced by where you live. New data from the National Center for Health Statistics show just how much your neighborhood can impact the length of your life. In recent years, the U.S. has seen overall life expectancy ...

As US life expectancy falls, West Virginia offers lessons

Health 12/18/18, 03:09

If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West Virginia is a good place to start. The state is a bellwether of bad health, portending major problems years before they became severe nationally. "It seems that the worst outcomes happen here first," said Dr. Michael Brumage, a West Virginia ...

Which country is best to live in? Our calculations say it’s not Norway

News 11/09/18, 03:13

Every year, the United Nations releases the Human Development Index. The HDI is like a country’s report card. In a single number, it tells policymakers and citizens how well a country is doing. This year, Norway was at the top of the class, while Niger finished last. The index first appeared in 1990. ...

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