Average life expectancy is falling in many parts of the United States and for many demographic groups, most notably women, according to a study being published Wednesday in the journal Population Health Metrics, and conducted by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle.
The results of the study are particularly striking in terms of women’s health. One quarter of all US counties saw an actual reduction in life expectancy for women between 1997 and 2007, meaning that girls born today are expected to live shorter lives than their mothers. As the Los Angeles Times wrote, “For life expectancy to decline in a developed nation is rare. Setbacks on this scale have not been seen in the U.S. since the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, according to demographers.”
This trend has accelerated over the past two decades. From 1987 to 1997, there were 314 counties out of more than 3,000 with either a loss of female life expectancy or no growth in it. From 1997 to 2007, there were 860 counties in which that was the case, compared to only 84 counties where male life expectancy decreased or stagnated.
patrick martin reports the above for wsws. do you think most americans get just how cheated we are by the government? just how much of our money they waste on wars and on gifts to corporations and on everything except the public welfare.
they do nothing. there hasn't been people's program introduced since lbj's great society over 40 years ago.
the government is supposed to work for the people.
instead the people are working to keep the government afloat.
how long can this continue?
i really don't think we're going to be tricked much longer. the economy's crashed and the idea that they're going to continue to spend billions on the war while we here at home do without is not going to play.
maybe this will be the thing that finally forces the government to be responsive to the people?
or maybe we'll just all go under like the soviet union did.
let's close with c.i.'s 'Iraq snapshot:'