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Education and Health More Interconnected Than Ever, Analysts Say

Friday, January 17, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Prucia Buscell
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Less Educated People Live Sicker, Die Younger

 A new  policy brief and  video released recently by the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)
Center on Society and Health
and the  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation show that Americans without a high school diploma are living sicker, shorter lives than ever before, and the links between education and health matter more now than in the past. While life expectancy has risen in the industrialized world, it is declining among Americans with less than 12 years of schooling and the decline has been especially pronounced among less educated white women. Lower educational attainment translates into increases in many physical and mental health problems. For instance, middle aged Americans who did not graduate from high school are three times more likely to die of diabetes than their more educated peers.  Read interview with Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH, director of the VCU  Center on Society and Health here.

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