August 20, 2009

THANKS, W:

Life expectancy up close to 78 in U.S. (AP< 8/20/09)

The increase is due mainly to falling death rates in almost all the leading causes of death. The average life expectancy for babies born in 2007 is nearly three months greater than for children born in 2006. [...]

Life expectancy is the period a child born in 2007 is expected to live, assuming mortality trends stay constant. U.S. life expectancy has grown nearly one and a half years in the past decade, and is now at a new high. [...]

The CDC report found that the number of deaths and the overall death rate dropped from 2006 -- to about 760 deaths per 100,000 people from about 776. The death rate has been falling for eight straight years, and is half of what it was 60 years ago.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 20, 2009 6:37 AM
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