A few months back, we exposed the lie promoted by Francis Collins - “Scientific and technological breakthroughs that have arisen from NIH- supported research account for many of the gains that the United States has seen in health and longevity” in two blog posts.
The charts presented in the above articles showed that US life expectancy had been falling behind not only so called ‘developed’ countries, but also supposedly poor countries like Lebanon. Even Gaza strip is on its way to catch up.
A new paper published in PNAS looked into US mortality statistics, and compared various categories with other other European countries. What they found is very disturbing (but not at all unexpected). Poor middle-aged white males in USA are dying at a very high rate, and the trend stands apart compared to all European countries. The authors wrote (h/t: ken weiss) - “the declining health and fortunes of poorly educated American whites. In middle age, they are dying at such a high rate that they are increasing the death rate for the entire group of middle-aged white Americas, [authors] Dr. Deaton and Dr. Case found…..The mortality rate for whites 45-54 years old with no more than a high school education increased by 135 deaths per 100,000 people from 1999 to 2014.”
The results are being sold as ‘surprising’ or ‘unexpected’ by the academic class, which essentially shows how out of touch this group has become with reality. However, there is a cure coming, according to latest comment in twitter from Francis Collins -
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An article published in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), documents that, ever since 1998 in the U.S, Whites who are of non-Hispanic origin have been dying younger and younger, and that this is especially true for those Whites who are low-educated (non-BAed) and middle-aged (45- to 54-year-old). But its true also for the other age- tags:  categories of non-Hispanic Whites.
This study, by Anne Case and Angus Deaton, Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century, published now in PNAS, finds that, for the low-educated, group, “The change in all-cause mortality for white non-Hispanics 4554 is largely accounted for by an increasing death rate from external causes, mostly increases in drug and alcohol poisonings and in suicide. It “was driven primarily by increasing death rates for those with a high school degree or less. Those with college education less than a BA saw little change in all-cause mortality over this period; those with a BA or more education saw death rates fall.