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Scotland has had the worst mortality rates in Western European among working age men and women for more than three decades, a report revealed.
A new study looked at changing mortality rates in Scotland and across 19 other European countries over the six decades between 1960 and 2010.
It found there have been improvements in the death rates for several conditions, including heart disease, stroke and several forms of cancer.
But the report also highlighted concerns about mortality amongst 15 to 44-year-olds in Scotland, elderly women and the number of females dying from lung cancer.