Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Grim News: U.S. Life Expectancy Now 78 Years

OK, just joking on the headline, though this story will be sure to have the simpering left complaining how this means they'll be subjected to the misery of fascist America for another year on average.

Life expectancy in U.S. rises to all-time high of 78
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Life expectancy in the United States has increased to almost 78 years, the country's highest on record, amid a downturn in deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke, according to new federal estimates published on Wednesday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said preliminary figures for 2005 showed an increase in the U.S. infant mortality rate from the previous year, although it called the rise statistically insignificant. Black babies under age 1 remained far more likely to die than white babies.

The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics said in a report that a child born in the United States in 2005 can expect to live 77.9 years, up from 77.8 in 2004 and continuing a rise dating back decades. U.S. life expectancy was 75.8 years in 1995 and 69.6 years in 1955.

The United States, a country of 300 million people, ranks 42nd in the world in life expectancy, according to previously released data.

U.S. whites will live longer than blacks, and women longer than men, the CDC said, reflecting enduring disparities.

The 2005 report estimated that white women will live 80.8 years, compared to 76.5 years for black women. However, black women will outlive white men (75.7 years) and black men (69.6 years), the CDC said. The CDC said the figures for both black men and women were the highest ever recorded.
Don't worry, though. Once we get socalized medicine forced on us, the life expectancy is sure to plummet.

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