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Study Links College Completion and Longer Lives

July 9, 2015
 

New evidence for the "completion agenda": finish college and you are likely to live longer. Researchers at New York University, the University of Colorado at Denver and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill released findings Wednesday that show consistent links between greater levels of education and longer lives. Mortality rates drop for higher levels of education, particularly at the bachelor's level -- and these drops could equal those achieved by behavioral changes involving unhealthy practices, such as smoking. In the 2010 population, for example, 110,068 deaths could be saved if adults who had some college but no degree went on to complete their bachelor’s degrees. The findings were published in the journal PLOS ONE.

 
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