Get richer, die younger: Study
PARIS (AFP) - We all live longer when times are good, right? Not so, according to a new study which says that in developed countries, the elderly have a higher mortality rate when the economy goes into higher gear.
Even its authors are baffled by the outcome.
The finding was "highly unexpected", Mr Herbert Rolden from the Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing in the Netherlands, told AFP.
In the long term, economic prosperity is credited with lower mortality rates across all age groups - largely due to a drop in old-age mortality.