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Golden years shorter, sicker in Southern states

(AP) Golden years shorter, sicker in Southern states
By MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer
ATLANTA
If you're 65 and living in Hawaii, here's some good news: Odds are you'll live another two decades. And for a good chunk of those years, you'll likely be in pretty good health.

Hawaii tops the charts in the government's first state-by-state look at how long Americans age 65 can expect to live and how many of those remaining years will be healthy ones.

Mississippi was worst, with about 17 1/2 more years and nearly seven of them in poorer health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the estimates Thursday.

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Online:

CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr

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