April 19, 2023 – More than 183,000 people in the United States died in 2019 largely because of poverty. That’s as many lives as claimed by Alzheimer’s disease, accidents, strokes, and diabetes, and 10 times the number of homicides that year.

That figure comes from a new analysis of data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a survey that collects information about participants’ income and health, to examine associations between poverty and mortality.

David Brady, PhD, professor of public policy at University of California, Riverside, and his colleagues found that poverty, defined as less than half of the median income, was…


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