4/22/2008

Life expectancy is falling for some women in rural and low-income areas, especially in the deep South, Appalachia and the lower Midwest, researchers report. The study of almost 1,000 counties found about 12% of U.S. women have a shorter life expectancy now than in the early 1980s, mainly due to increases in death from diabetes, lung cancer, emphysema and kidney failure.

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