The overall infant mortality rate in the U.S. declined 14% between 2005 and 2015, from 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 5.90 in 2015, according to the CDC. However, CDC researchers found wide variation among the states, ranging from 9.08 deaths per 1,000 live births in Mississippi (the highest rate), to 4.28 deaths per 1,000 live births in Massachusetts (the lowest).
Economics is called the dismal science. Uwe Reinhardt was anything but dismal. When the Princeton health economist died last month at the age of 80, the remembrances were of a lively, funny, and approachable man with important things to say and clever ways of saying them.