Life expectancy and the color line

An interesting story in today’s New York Times reports that the life expectancy gap between whites and blacks is lessening: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/09/health/blacks-see-gains-in-life-expectancy.html?emc=edit_th_20160509&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=44005038&_r=0

While the change is due in part to positive changes in health behaviors among African Americans, for instance, a decline in smoking rates, it’s also attributable to worsening health outcomes among whites, due to trends like increases in opioid use.

The story also introduced me to a book that I’m going to check out: Wailoo’s How Cancer Crossed the Cancer Line. It sounds like a must-read.

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