Ana Diez Roux notes that life expectancy is rising with weak economy as during Great Depression

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This piece notes that national age-adjusted death rates declined more during the current recession than during better economic times, and they declined more in states with higher unemployment rates. Ana Diez Roux says that documented changes in health during times like the Great Depression confirm "the counter-intuitive hypothesis that..., population health tends to evolve better during recessions than in expansions."

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"The worse the economy gets, the longer people live" - Times Herald-Record. 2/26/2012.

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