Middle-aged white Americans are dying at such a high rate that, as a group, their mortality rate is shooting up.

That's the conclusion of research by a pair of Princeton University economists. Angus Dean and Anne Case studied mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that the rising death rate among middle-aged white was being propelled by suicide, diseases and deaths related to substance abuse.

The main subset of this group that's experiencing mid-life deaths: whites with no greater education than a high school degree. That group had an increase in middle-aged death of 134 deaths per 100,000 between 1999 and 2014, the study showed.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.