Mortality rate

Young people in U.S. dying at high rates

Life expectancy for Americans ages 25 to 64 has not kept pace with other wealthy countries, decreasing for the third year in a row, a comprehensive study published Tuesday in JAMA shows.

Why it matters: Death rates among young and middle-age adults stemmed mostly from suicide, drug overdose, obesity and liver disease.

Gap in urban-rural pediatric mortality rates widens

Aerial view looking directly down at a combine harvester driving through rows of soybeans and kicking up dust, Maryland. (Photo by: Edwin Remsberg / VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Photo: Edwin Remsberg / VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Pediatric mortality is declining more slowly in rural areas than urban areas, a Health Affairs report released Thursday notes. Racial and ethnic gaps also persist.

The big picture: Deaths from unintentional injury and suicide among rural youth compound the slew of health struggles that more than 46 million Americans living in remote areas face.