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Dying Too Soon?

One of our ace health reporters asked and answered the important question: Are Americans dying too soon? The answer is yes.

In this front-page story, Ceci Connolly writes "When it comes to "preventable deaths" -- an array of illnesses and injuries that should not kill at an early age -- the United States trails other industrialized nations and has been falling further behind over the past decade."

The Dalai Lama, who won't be meeting with President Obama on his current trip to Washington, advises compassion as a health care strategy.

"People who say 'me, I and mine' a lot are at greater risk of having heart attacks" according to scientific studies, he explained in an appearance in Montreal this weekend.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  October 6, 2009; 1:11 PM ET
 
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