LA Times reports a mixed bag of findings in a report on the state of the nation's health. The U.S. is losing ground in infant mortality and preventable deaths. There's a growing gap between the healthiest and least healthiest places in life expectancy. Women in many places are dying younger. The map above highlights, in red, the 737 counties, including several in Arkansas, where women's outlooks have worsened.
In 737 U.S. counties out of more than 3,000, life expectancies for women declined between 1997 and 2007. For life expectancy to decline in a developed nation is rare. Setbacks on this scale have not been seen in the U.S. since the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918, according to demographers.