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. .