HOT BLAST: Why is life expectancy of one segment of the U.S. population declining?
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The headline on Monica Potts' American Prospect certainly grabs your attention, What's Killing Poor White Women?

Potts writes about the 2012 death of a 38-year-old Arkansas woman, Crystal Wilson. Of Wilson, Potts notes: 

She is one of a demographic—white women who don’t graduate from high school—whose life expectancy has declined dramatically over the past 18 years. These women can now expect to die five years earlier than the generation before them. It is an unheard-of drop for a wealthy country in the age of modern medicine. Throughout history, technological and scientific innovation have put death off longer and longer, but the benefits of those advances have not been shared equally, especially across the race and class divides that characterize 21st--century America. Lack of access to education, medical care, good wages, and healthy food isn’t just leaving the worst-off Americans behind. It’s killing them.

The full story in all its heartbreaking detail is here
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