Live Here and Prosper

LIVE HERE AND PROSPER Geography, it seems, is destiny--at least when it comes to America's health disparities. Local differences in things like the food people eat and the health care they receive appear to be more important than income in determining how long they live, according to a new study of mortality in the U.S. Some of the news is bleak: the worst-off Americans have a life span in line with that of people who live in Third World countries. The biggest surprise, says the report's author, Dr. Christopher Murray of the Harvard School of Public Health, is that life-span discrepancies...

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