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February 19, 2014

From JAMA’s Daily News Site

JAMA. 2014;311(7):665. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.574

Health disparities among US population subgroups remain one of the biggest challenges in medicine and public health, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For example, death rates from heart disease and stroke have declined overall, but premature cardiovascular deaths among non-Hispanic blacks remain 50% higher than among non-Hispanic whites. The US infant mortality rate declined 10% from 2005 to 2010 but it is highest among non-Hispanic black women—more than twice that of non-Hispanic white women. Outcomes that vary greatly by race, sex, and other factors drive the US lag behind many other nations in life expectancy and quality.

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