Causes of Death and Mortality Crossovers by Race.

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      The phenomenon of "mortality crossovers," the intersection of age curves of mortality at older ages, has been observed in comparisons of various populations for some time. Some researchers have argued that crossovers are an artifact of deficient reporting of age that is greater for some populations than others. Other researchers attribute crossovers to selective processes by age that vary by group. We use mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics for the U.S. at ages 55 and over, supplemented by comparable data from matched records of the National Health Interview Survey and National Death Index, to reexamine causes of death linked to mortality crossovers for Whites and Blacks in the U.S. Findings portray a more elaborate set of influences of causes of death than has been discovered heretofore; how- ever, the major finding is that the mortality crossover for Whites and Blacks in the U. S. is real and, although observed for several causes of death, operates principally through varying trajectories of heart disease mortality. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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