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Life expectancy dips in one Oklahoma county, barely improves elsewhere

The Oklahoman's Silas Allen reports: 

The average life expectancy in Kiowa County dropped by about eight months between 1980 and 2014, according to the report. Although it was the only county in the state where the life expectancy dipped, outcomes barely improved across a broad swathe of Oklahoma.

Nationwide, the study points to a widening gap between rich and poor regions in terms of life expectancy at birth.

"Looking at life expectancy on a national level masks the massive differences that exist at the local level, especially in a country as diverse as the United States," lead author Laura Dwyer-Lindgren said in a statement.


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