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Study takes aim at education-based death rate disparities

From the 15 December 2011 news release via Eureka alerts

WASHINGTON, DC — A study in the December issue of the American Sociological Review has brought new understanding as to why death rates for less educated middle aged adults are much higher than for their more educated peers despite increased awareness and treatments aimed at reducing health disparities.

[Full text of the article  The Enduring Association between Education and Mortality: The Role of Widening and Narrowing Disparities is free at

Click here for the accompanying 7 minute interview podcast.  The author talks about the findings in his work, implications, and touches on the processes of doing the research and writing the paper. The author comes across as knowledgeable, reflective, willing to learn from others,  grateful for financial support, and driven to share his knowledge for the benefit of all]

For decades, data has shown that middle aged adults with low education levels—that is high school or less—are twice as likely to die as those with higher education levels. Professor Richard Miech, of the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and his colleagues wanted to better understand why this persists. They found that as new causes of death emerge, people with lower education levels are slower to respond with behavioral changes, creating a moving target that often remains a step ahead of prevention. Almost all causes of death that are on the increase are fueled by high rates of mortality among people with lower education, a trend that counters any progress made in the reduction of today’s health disparities….

Read the entire Eureka News alert

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