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United States ranks low in key health areas


UNDATED (WTVB) - Is health a priority in the U.S.? As they say, you do the math. A new study finds Americans are getting sicker at a higher rate and are more likely to die earlier than residents in other high-income countries. A study from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine says the United States ranks near the bottom in key areas of health such as infant mortality, obesity, drug-related deaths and HIV, despite being the world's richest nation by household assets.

The study compared the U.S. with other affluent countries such as Australia, Canada and Japan. Researchers say men who make it to the age of 50 in the U.S. arrive in poorer health than in other wealthy countries.

The life expectancy numbers for men and women in the U.S. at 76 and 81, respectively, also rank either last or next to last out of the 17 countries in the study.