Health Alert: U.S. life expectancy rates differ by more than 20 years between some counties, the largest discrepancy since the 1980s

Life expectancy is rising generally in America, but some areas have seen death rates going conspicuously in the other direction, according to a report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. A baby born in Summit County, Colorado has a life expectancy of nearly 87 years, but in some counties the life expectancy is more than 20 years lower, coming close to that in impoverished and war-torn countries such as Iraq or Sudan.

 
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U.S. life expectancy rates differ by more than 20 years between some counties, the largest discrepancy since the 1980s
Life expectancy is rising generally in America, but some areas have seen death rates going conspicuously in the other direction, according to a report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. A baby born in Summit County, Colorado has a life expectancy of nearly 87 years, but in some counties the life expectancy is more than 20 years lower, coming close to that in impoverished and war-torn countries such as Iraq or Sudan.
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