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More on the Stroke Belt study

The Stroke Belt study does raise new questions about timing and whether there might be something about being born and spending your early childhood in the American Southeast that leads to a greater chance of having a fatal stroke later in life. Maria Glymour and her colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health conducted their study of the Stroke Belt by using data from the 1980, 1990, and 2000 censuses and mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics for those same years. They defined the Stroke Belt as being the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Using the census and mortality data, the researchers created four “exposure” categories.
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