[ExI] Life expectancy reaches all-time high in U.S.

Max More max at maxmore.com
Thu Aug 20 22:33:13 UTC 2009

Life expectancy reaches all-time high in U.S.

ATLANTA - U.S. life expectancy has risen to a new high, now standing 
at nearly 78 years, the government reported Wednesday.

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.

...The death rate has been falling for eight straight years, and is 
half of what it was 60 years ago.

Heart disease and cancer together are the cause of nearly half of 
U.S. fatalities. The death rate from heart disease dropped nearly 5 
percent in 2007, and the cancer death rate fell nearly 2 percent, 
according to the report.

The HIV death rate dropped 10 percent, the biggest one-year decline 
in 10 years.

The diabetes death rate fell about 4 percent, allowing Alzheimer's 
disease to surpass diabetes to become the sixth leading cause of death. ...

Also see:
100-year-olds' club is starting to get crowded


Max More, Ph.D.
Strategic Philosopher
Extropy Institute Founder
max at maxmore.com

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