CDC: life expectancy in the US reaches record high

October 8, 2014 3:31 PM

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CDC: life expectancy in the US reaches record high

Life expectancy at birth among the US population - defined as "the average number of years that a group of infants would live if the group was to experience throughout life the age-specific death rates present in the year of birth" - increased from 78.7 years in 2011 to 78.8 years in 2012. This is the longest life expectancy ever recorded.

The report authors, from the National Center for Health Statistics, Division of Vital Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), say this increase can be attributed to a reduction in many major causes of death, such as cancer, heart disease and stroke.

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