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Dr. Ken's Corner: U.S. Life Expectancy Takes Another Alarming Drop

Posted by Ken Teufel M.D. on Feb 21, 2018 11:45:00 AM

For the second straight year, U.S. life expectancy has fallen, according to a CDC report on 2016 data released in December 2017.  An American born today can expect to live to 78.6 years, a decrease of about a month when compared to 2015.  "It may not sound like much, but the alarming story is not the amount of the decrease but that the increase has ended," according to Steven Woolf at Virginia Commonwealth University.  "In 1960, the U.S. had the highest life expectancy in the world.  It's lost ground to other industrialized nations ever since" (USA TODAY, Feb. 8, 2018).

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Topics: opioid epidemic, Dr. Ken's Corner, Dr. Ken Teufel, life expectancy

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