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New Study Shows What's Killing Americans

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Guns, vehicle crashes and drug overdoses help explain a big part of why Americans die, on average, so much younger than people in other countries, government researchers said Tuesday.

They looked at three very American causes of death and found they go a long way to explaining the gap between the U.S. and other rich countries such as Austria and Britain.

"The three injury causes accounted for 6 percent of deaths among U.S. men and 3 percent among U.S. women," Andrew Fenelon and colleagues at the National Center for Health Statistics wrote.

While the findings don't explain all the difference, they provide...

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