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East Texas "Stroke Belt"


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There was a very interesting article in the New York Times last week about the so-called "stroke belt" in East Texas. People there live unusually short lives because of the way they eat and don't exercise, among other factors. It was a pretty good article, and done in cooperation with The Texas Tribune, which is one of a number of recent new media exercises that are dedicated to high quality journalism.

The Texas Tribune also put together an interactive map of life expectancy in Texas here: http://www.texastribune.org/library/data/texas-life-expectancy/

Not surprisingly, people in Houston, Dallas, and Austin live longer than most. But I was surprised to see the longevity strip along the border.

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