Cleveland Clinic Study Proposes New Way of Measuring Mortality Trends

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

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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