U.S. Life Expectancy Reaches New High, But Suicide Rate Rises

October 8, 2014 2:50 PM

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U.S. Life Expectancy Reaches New High, But Suicide Rate Rises

As major diseases become a little less lethal, American life expectancy has reached a new high, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found. A baby born in the U.S. in 2012 can expect to live 78.8 years on average — or just over a month longer than a baby born the previous year.

As usual, women can expect to live longer: 81.2 years, compared to 76.4 years for men. “Although changes in mortality are relatively small from one year to the next, long-term trends show the apparent progress in reducing mortality,” the CDC said in the report.

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