Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Low Literacy Equals Early Death Sentence

Low Literacy Equals Early Death Sentence ScienceDaily 7/26/07 "...Low literacy impairs people's ability to obtain critical information about their health and can dramatically shorten their lives...older people with inadequate health literacy had a 50 percent higher mortality rate over five years than people with adequate reading skills. Inadequate or low health literacy is defined as the inability to read and comprehend basic health-related materials such as prescription bottles, doctor appointment slips and hospital forms...Low health literacy was the top predictor of mortality after smoking, also surpassing income and years of education...Most of the difference in mortality among people with inadequate literacy was due to higher rates of death from cardiovascular disease... "

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