Mind the (health) gap

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Science  23 Sep 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6306, pp. 1371
DOI: 10.1126/science.aah6065

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Health care workers, public health officials, and governments have long sought ways to improve the health of those in their charge. But identifying those factors most relevant to local and regional differences in health has been a formidable task. In her new book, Health Divides, Clare Bambra investigates three areas in high-income countries that are characterized by stark regional differences in health outcomes. These include poor health outcomes in the United States, referred to as the "US health disadvantage"; a North-South divide in the United Kingdom (the so-called "Scottish health effect"); and a local example of health disparity in the town of Stockton-on-Tees in the northeast of England.