Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, November 30th, 1998
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in the 35-44 age group, 38.2 blacks per 100,000 died of heart disease each year from 1981 to 1985, compared with 24.3 whites.
By 1991-95, the black death rate had dropped to 26, but the white rate had decreased as well, to 15.7. That is a ratio of 1.66 black deaths to one white death, compared with 1.58-to-1 in 1981-85.
The gap was even greater between black and white women: twice as many black women as white women ages 35 to 54 died of...
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