Sunday, January 16, 2011

CDC Releases Report on Ethnic Disparities in U.S. Health

The Centers for Disease Control has released a new report detailing health-related disparities between various ethnic and social groups in the United States. The CDC says infants born to black women are up to three times more likely to die than infants born to women of other ethnicities. Drug-induced deaths increased in ethnicities from 2003 to 2007, with the exception of Hispanics. The death rates were highest among non-Hispanic whites. In a reversal from trends 15 to 20 years ago, prescription drug abuse now kills more people than hard narcotics.

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