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Toronto study shows correlation between premature death and low-income landmarks

 A new study from the Centre for Research on Inner City Health out of St. Michael's Hospital suggests that there could be a link between the density of both cheque-cashing establishments and stores that sell alcohol and the risk of premature death in people aged 20 to 59. While the study, published in BMJ Open, doesn't directly link alcohol sellers/payday loan providers with early death, it does draw a correlate.

PsychCentral reports:

Their survey of Toronto’s 140 neighbourhoods found that men had a 1.25 times greater risk of premature death in areas with high densities of check-cashing places. Men also had a 1.36 times greater risk of premature death in areas with high densities of alcohol outlets, including alcohol and beer stores and bars.

The study found the premature mortality rate was 96.3 for every 10,000 males and 55.9 for every 10,000 females between the ages of 20 and 59.

Intentional self-harm, accidental poisoning, and liver disease are among the top five causes of premature death among men ages 20-59, and many of these deaths are highly preventable, according to the researchers.

The researchers also pointed out that check-cashing establishments tend to be located in economically challenged neighbourhoods which may also be areas where “mental illness and self-neglect are more prevalent.”

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Source: PsychCentral
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