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County-level income inequality, social mobility, and deaths of despair in the US

JAMA Network Open

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About The Study: This study found that the joint exposure of unequal income distribution and lack of social mobility was associated with additional risks for deaths of despair (deaths from suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol-related liver disease), suggesting that addressing the underlying social and economic conditions is crucial in responding to the epidemic of deaths of despair. 

Authors: Chun-Tung Kuo, Ph.D., of National Taiwan University in Taipei, is the corresponding author. 

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