When a receptionist hands out a form to fill out at a doctor’s office, the questions are usually about medical issues: What’s the visit for? Are you allergic to anything? Up to date on vaccines? But some health organizations are now asking much more general questions: Do you have trouble paying your bills? Do you feel safe at home? Do you have enough to eat?

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There’s more grim news about inequality in America. New research documents significant disparities in the lifespans of Americans depending on where they live. And those gaps appear to be widening, according to the research

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Organizers have defended the choice of Hong Kong as the site for a global conference on transplants, saying it did not signify international acceptance of China’s transplant system, which long relied on organs from executed prisoners

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The poor in some cities — big ones like New York and Los Angeles, and also quite a few smaller ones — live nearly as long as their middle-class neighbors or have seen rising life expectancy in the 21st century. But in some other parts of the country, adults with the lowest incomes die on average as young as people in much poorer nations like Rwanda, and their life spans are getting shorter

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