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By Clara Chaisson

If you're into the spooky side of Halloween, there are plenty of fun ways to get your fear fix—going to a haunted house, slathering on fake blood or taking in the latest horror flick. But not even the most adventurous fright fans want to be scared about their family's health or the planet's come Oct. 31. That's not fun-scary, that's just plain old scary.

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By Megan Wildhood

The average lifespan in the U.S. is about 78 years, and for the first time since the 1990s, it's getting shorter.

Despite spending much more on health care, Americans are sicker than people in other wealthy countries, with illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's and stroke on the rise. So are "despair deaths" from drugs, alcohol and suicide, according to researchers, with social isolation, poverty and addiction laying the groundwork.

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