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CDC report documents important health disparities, need for better data

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    Press release for: CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report – United States, 2011, published as MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report ; v. 60, suppl.

    Highlights progress and challenges in achieving health equity.

    Americans’ differences in income, race/ethnicity, gender and other social attributes make a difference in how likely they are to be healthy, sick, or die prematurely, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    For instance, state-level estimates in 2007 indicate that low income residents report five to 11 fewer healthy days per month than do high income residents, the report says. It also says men are nearly four times more likely than women to commit suicide, that adolescent birth rates for Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks are three and 2.5 times respectively those of whites, and that the prevalence of binge drinking is higher in people with higher incomes.

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