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We’ve long known that life expectancies of black Americans are significantly shorter than those of white Americans, as summarized in this from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Life expectancy, by race: United States, 1970–2010Life expectancy, by race: United States, 1970–2010

But there’s another set of deaths rates given, until now,  little attention.

And these numbers carry profound and multifold impacts, the loss experienced by children as parents and other close family members die.

From the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin:

African-Americans are more likely than whites to experience the loss of a parent during childhood and more likely to be exposed to multiple family member deaths by mid-life, according to a study by the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

It’s a trend that is likely to be damaging to the health of black Americans in the long run, the researchers said. Racial disparities in…

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