Death rate for middle-aged white Americans increases: study English.news.cn 2015-11-09 09:27:59 BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- The mortality rate for white men and women living in the United States between the ages of 45 and 54 saw a "marked increase" between 1999 and 2013. According to a surprising new analysis released lately, suicides and drug overdoses contributed to the increase. "No other rich country saw a similar turnaround," said Angus Deaton, a professor of economics at Princeton University who conducted the research with his wife, Anne Case, another Princeton economist. Deaton and Case warn that today's middle-aged Americans could age into Medicare in worse health than the nation's current elderly, putting an increased strain on the American health care system. (Agencies) Editor: An news.xinhuanet.