US Life Expectancy Drops for First Time in Half Decade

Although life expectancy has slowly climbed over the decades, this year it took a slight dip, reportsthe Associated Press based on statistics from a Centers for Disease Control subsidiary.

The preliminary report indicates that a baby born in 2008 can expect to live 77.8 years if current trends continue. That is down a bit from a high of 77.9 years for 2007. A similar dip occurred in 2005, and life expectancy also dropped in 1993. ...
Life expectancy was down for both men and women. The gap between blacks and whites closed a little, to a 4.6-year difference in life expectancy; it topped 70 years for black men for the first time. Over all, women continue to live longer, until about 80, compared with 75 for men.

The U.S. currently ranks 38th in life expectancy, below most of our fellow developed nations.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at December 10, 2010, 5:12am

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