I know I just posted weekly updates yesterday, but this new piece just came out today and I wanted to go ahead and send it out without waiting a week.
Last year, a study by Anne Case and her husband, recent Nobel-laureate economist Angus Deaton, hit the news with the surprising finding on increasing death rates among certain US demographic groups, particularly middle-aged white women. Our gains in life expectancy have stagnated overall, with certain groups as these actually regressing in recent years.
Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post takes a deep dive into the reasons for this troubling trend, with particular focus on diverging life expectancy between urban and rural Americans. Infographics are awesome. Highly recommended.