World Bulletin/News Desk
In a study published in the journal Health Affairs, researchers examined the impact of race and education on life expectancy in the United States and discovered that the least educated Americans aren’t living as long.
“What we found is that the further you go down the education spectrum the higher your death rate is and the lower your life expectancy is,” said the study’s lead investigator, Stuart J. Olshansky, a public health professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in an interview on Friday.
Researchers examined trends in data obtained from the National Vital Statistics System and the U.S. Census Bureau from 1990 to 2008, and were startled by some of their findings.
“We saw something we didn’t expect to see,” Olshansky said. “We saw a decline in life expectancy for white women, which was a five-year drop, and a three-year drop for white men…That is not what we expected. My colleagues thought the decline would happen in minorities.”
According to the New York Times, the reasons for the decline are unclear, but researchers offered some possible explanations, including a rise in prescription drug overdoses among young whites, higher rates of smoking among less educated white women, increasing obesity, and a rise in the number of number of least educated who don’t have health insurance.
Hispanics, Asians and African-Americans all experienced a rise in life expectancy even at the lowest education levels, but all of those groups started at a lower life expectancy level to begin with.
The study also found that a person’s life expectancy rose dramatically if they were on the upper end of the education spectrum.
“Education is connected with a whole suite of all other desirable characteristics, such as higher income and access to health care,” Olshansky said. “And, those things simply don’t exist or don’t exist as much in the lower educated population.”
The study also said the gaps that have broadened between education and race has “led to at least two ‘Americas,’ if not multiple others, in terms of life expectancy, demarcated by level of education and racial-group membership.”
“The message for policy makers is clear: implement educational enhancements at young, middle, and older ages for people of all races, to reduce the large gap in health and longevity that persists today,” according to the study.
Soon more than 1 billion consumers in developing nations will be able to buy their first air conditioner, increasing energy demand which will impact global warming
The European Union has given new authorization for 10 new types of genetically modified crops have been approved for a 10 year use for human consumption and animal feed.
Guinea's President Alpha Conde announced new emergency measures in Ebola fight on Saturday
'Meetings happened. Action didn’t,' says Medecins Sans Frontieres report.
WHO said that on many levels, the world is better prepared now than ever before for aflu pandemic
Myanmar health officals say an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in Mandalay
Tokyo Electric said it has been aware since last spring that radiation levels in water running in one of the plant gutters rise when it rains
Safe drinking water is available at about one-third of the level it was before the conflict erupted nearly five years ago, and supplies are cut-off to punish civilians at times
Elephants in Angola, which suffered decades of civil war, have been observed avoiding heavily-mined areas, suggesting their trunks were warning them to stay away.
Favipiravir halved death rate among some to 15 pct, but WHO says more research required on drug
The first medicine containing stem cells to treat a rare condition caused by burns to the eye has approved.
940 parasite samplescollected at 55 malaria treatment centres across Myanmar and its border regions. They found that almost 40 percent of the samples had mutations in their so-called kelch gene, K13 -- a known genetic signal of artemisinin drug resistance.
Yaws is known to be prevalent in 12 countries in areas where people have little access to healthcare, mainly in West and Central Africa, Asia and the Pacific Islands.
In the past few years, Nepal has seen the numbers of endangered species, such as the Royal Bengal tiger or the one-horned rhino, rise.
The investment would represent as little as 0.1 percent of current national health spending of the low and middle-income countries affected by NTD.
Nearly 1,000 abandoned California sea lions have washed ashore this year in what rehabilitation centers say is a growing crisis for the animals.