Disease and death in America: A poor bill of health | The Economist

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This is a MUST READ ARTICLE published by the Economist. Check it out!

via Disease and death in America: A poor bill of health | The Economist.

Based on the article, I picked up three important issues.

Firstly, although there is a trend for Americans to live longer, their lives are much shorter than the OECD average (other rich countries).

Secondly, despite the greater longevity, there is an increasing trend towards ill-health prior to death in the US.

Thirdly, the key to American disease and death is consistently:

As I reflected on this challenge, my mind switched to other countries, both in the developed and developing World, and I identified the following open question:

What lessons should policy-makers in both developed and developing countries, take from evidence of death and disease in America, and how should they adjust their own policies accordingly?

 

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Suicide on the rise among older men | Society | The Guardian

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This article from the Guardian makes depressing reading. Check it out!

Suicide on the rise among older men | Society | The Guardian.

Sadly, this seems to be a direct consequence of austerity policies taking away the safety net.