Cleveland Clinic Study Proposes New Way of Measuring Mortality Trends

Looking at life-years lost may be a more revealing way of illustrating

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Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the U.S., but that doesnt tell the full story of its burden on society and families, suggests a Cleveland Clinic researcher. Glen Taksler, PhD, lead author of a recent study in the American Journal of Public Health, says that by measuring the costs of heart disease, cancer and the other top causes of death in terms of life-years lost, we get a different picture of how serious these illnesses impact society. Life-years lost focuses on the number of years lost compared to a persons life expectancy.
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