Early death rates dropping, but not in many poor areas

March 25, 2015 4:01 AM

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The rate of early death is dropping in most parts of the country, according to county-by-county health rankings out today.

However, people in many poverty-stricken areas still die young — that is, before age 75 — at a stubbornly high rate, and the percentage of children in poverty is up. One in four children lived in poverty in 2013, up from one in five in 2007, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says in its sixth annua...

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