Poverty kills people: Harvard stumped, Academy of Sciences “baffled”

Eléctrica in the Desert

Just when we thought we were all middle class, the Academy of Sciences caved in and said the P word, about six weeks before the big election.

 

Life Spans Shrink for Least-Educated Whites in the U.S.

By Sabrina Travernis,  New York Times.

9/20/1212

English: Harvard Yard winter 2009. English: Harvard Yard winter 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(EXCERPTS)  The latest estimate shows life expectancy for (American) white women without a high school diploma is 73.5 years, compared with 83.9 years for white women with a college degree or more. For white men, the gap was even bigger: 67.5 years for the least educated compared with 80.4 for those with a college degree or better.

Researchers said they were baffled by the magnitude of the drop.

“There’s this enormous issue of why,” said David Cutler, an economics professor at Harvard. “It’s very puzzling and we don’t have a great explanation.”

The slump is so vexing…

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2 thoughts on “Poverty kills people: Harvard stumped, Academy of Sciences “baffled”

  1. American and Canadian epidemiologists have been writing about this for at least two decades, especially Dr Stephen Bezruchka
    (http://www.annualreviews.org/eprint/iESYF775U2MwVfrxfAR2/full/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031811-124649) and Dr Susan Rosenthal author of Sick and Sicker http://www.susanrosenthal.com/sick-and-sicker

    Nearly 50 years of epidemiological research shows conclusively that the single most important indicator of life expectancy and adult health status is your mother’s income at your time of birth.

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    1. Interesting that even such conclusive proof doesn’t prevent the additional injury of societal judgement and class bias: poor people are blamed for being poor and also blamed for their own poor health and short lives.

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