Middle-aged white Americans are dying at a faster rate than anyone expected

Death rates have been decreasing in the US, but one group has been bucking the trend in the past 15 years. While rates have continued to fall for other racial groups in the US, and for white people in other rich countries, mortality rates for middle-aged white Americans have been rising since 1998.

(Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

Those with a lower level of education were most affected. The findings, detailed in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,...

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