Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, November 2015
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Title
Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, November 2015
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1518393112
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Anne Case, Angus Deaton, , Case, Anne, Deaton, Angus

Abstract

This paper documents a marked increase in the all-cause mortality of middle-aged white non-Hispanic men and women in the United States between 1999 and 2013. This change reversed decades of progress in mortality and was unique to the United States; no other rich country saw a similar turnaround. The midlife mortality reversal was confined to white non-Hispanics; black non-Hispanics and Hispanics at midlife, and those aged 65 and above in every racial and ethnic group, continued to see mortality rates fall. This increase for whites was largely accounted for by increasing death rates from drug and alcohol poisonings, suicide, and chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis. Although all education groups saw increases in mortality from suicide and poisonings, and an overall increase in external cause mortality, those with less education saw the most marked increases. Rising midlife mortality rates of white non-Hispanics were paralleled by increases in midlife morbidity. Self-reported declines in health, mental health, and ability to conduct activities of daily living, and increases in chronic pain and inability to work, as well as clinically measured deteriorations in liver function, all point to growing distress in this population. We comment on potential economic causes and consequences of this deterioration.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 31 8%
United Kingdom 8 2%
France 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
Germany 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Chile 1 <1%
Israel 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Other 9 2%
Unknown 324 85%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 97 25%
Researcher 82 22%
Student > Master 48 13%
Professor 28 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 28 7%
Other 98 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 116 30%
Medicine and Dentistry 75 20%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 55 14%
Psychology 28 7%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 27 7%
Other 80 21%

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