Female mortality soars in Southern states

04/5/2013 | Incidental Economist, The

Female mortality increased in 42.8% of U.S. counties between 1992 and 2006, according to a recent study, while male mortality rates ticked upward in just 3.4%. Troublingly, women in Southern states bore the brunt of the decline in life expectancy, while Western and Northeastern states saw substantial improvement. The findings reveal "a shocking pattern of female hardship, primarily in the [S]outheast and [M]idwest," writes Bill Gardner.

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