Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Life Shortened by Poor Reading Skills in Tampa and Miami

A study of 3,260 Medicare patients ages 65 and older in Cleveland, Tampa, Miami and San Antonio, starting in 1997 found that older adults who cannot read and understand basic health information have a 50 per cent higher mortality rate over a five-year period than those with adequate reading skills.
Not being able to read properly impairs people's ability to obtain critical information about their health and can dramatically shorten their lives, concludes a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Read or Die.

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