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Chronic Medical Conditions Can Shorten Seniors' Lives: Study
Date:7/28/2014

ny people have both, and then some," senior study author Gerard Anderson, a professor in the department of health policy and management at Hopkins, said in the news release.

"The balancing act needed to care for all of those conditions is complicated; more organ systems become involved, as do more physicians prescribing more medications," Anderson explained.

In the United States, 60 percent of people aged 67 and older have three or more of chronic diseases.

"We already knew that living with multiple chronic conditions affects an individual's quality of life, now we know the impact on quantity of life," DuGoff said. "The growing burden of chronic disease could erase decades of progress. We don't want to turn around and see that life expectancy gains have stopped or reversed."

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides statistics on Americans' life expectancy.

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, news release, July 23, 2014

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