(STUDY FINDS) -- NEW HAVEN, Conn. — For many people, it feels like their life doesn’t really get started until they finish school. Ironically, a new study conducted at Yale finds that staying in school may just extend one’s lifespan.
Life expectancy in the United States is on the decline for the first time in decades. It’s been hard, however, to identify one reason behind this troubling trend. A number of researchers have suggested a variety of contributing factors: inaccessible or high-priced health care, the ever-prevalent opioid problem, and the increasing rate of mental health disorder diagnoses, are just a few possible explanations.
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For this study, researchers from Yale’s School of Medicine and the University of Alabama-Birmingham focused on two factors that are often thought to influence one’s lifespan: race and level of education. Data on 5,114 African-American and Caucasian individuals living in four U.S. cities was analyzed for the project.