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Critical care worker
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Excess mortality during pandemic was higher among workers in critical occupations

While numerous news reports and previous studies have revealed disparities in COVID-19-related deaths among certain populations, including older adults, people of color, and people with pre-existing medical conditions, researchers at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health (SPH) have now added a new element to this conversation — differences in rates of death among workers in critical occupations during the pandemic. 

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Research Brief

Playing professional football may shorten players' lives

Several recent studies have concluded that professional football players tend to live longer than other “American men in general.” This research implies that the benefits of professional football, including physical fitness and affluence, may outweigh risks such as cardiovascular and neurological health problems. 

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