By Dennis Thompson

What causes a person’s death depends in large part on where they spend their lives, concludes a new county-level analysis of U.S. mortality data.

Armed with this sort of information, county and city health departments can focus their efforts on the specific problems affecting their communities, said lead researcher Ali Mokdad, Professor of Global Health at the University of Washington.

For the study, researchers reviewed more than 80.4 million deaths recorded from 1980 through 2014 in the United States, analyzing mortality rates for 3,110 counties or groups of counties.


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