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New study reveals positive relationship between education and longer life span

A new study by the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health found that Americans with less than a high school diploma have shorter life span.

The data revealed that in spite of medical and technological advances, those Americans with little education have the life expectancy of those in the 50s and 60s, a problem further compounded when race is taken in to account.  According to the report, Black men with the least education have the life expectancy of someone in 1954. Black women with the least education followed with a life expectancy of someone in 1962. The least educated White women have the life expectancy of someone is 1964 while the least educated White men have the life expectancy of someone in 1972.

In a press release on the findings, Jay Olshansky, a professor at the University and the lead author of the study stated, “It’s as if Americans with the least education are living in a time warp… We must find a way to bring these subgroups of the population back into the present.”

Read more about the study here.

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