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2011-03-16 13:34:46

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data on Wednesday that said children born today can expect to live longer than ever in U.S. history. Life expectancy at birth jumped to 78.2 years in 2009, which is up from 78 years in 2008. "What this means is that somebody born in 2009 can expect to live to an average of 78.2 years. This is a new record high for life expectancy," says Kenneth Kochanek, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, which is part...

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2011-01-26 05:55:00

Despite spending more on healthcare than any other country, the US has worse life expeancy rates than many -- and a new report puts the blame mainly on smoking and obesity, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. The news may be surprising, considering that while smoking in public is being stamped out in the US while still common in other countries. And obesity is a growing problem around the world. The US led those unhealthy trends, smoking more and gaining more weight a few decades...

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2011-01-11 12:00:51

A study published this week says that dying young was not the reason Neanderthals went extinct, adding that that early modern humans had about the same life expectancy as their hairier kin. Scientists have been puzzled over why the Neanderthals disappeared just as modern humans were making huge gains and moving into new parts of Africa and Europe, and some have speculated that a difference in longevity may have been the reason. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

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2010-12-09 15:35:00

U.S. health experts said on Thursday that American life expectancy slipped slightly in 2008 to 77.8 years, the first drop since 2004. According to the report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, stroke has slipped from its status as the third-leading cause of death, surpassed by chronic lower respiratory diseases like asthma, emphysema and bronchitis. Heart disease and cancer are still the top two killers for U.S. citizens and they...

2010-12-09 12:14:00

Life expectancy declines slightly according to latest CDC deaths report ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Stroke is now the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, down from the third place ranking it has held for decades, according to preliminary 2008 death statistics released today by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. While deaths from stroke and several other chronic diseases are down, deaths due to chronic lower respiratory disease increased in...

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2010-10-14 06:05:00

US Hispanics outlive whites by 2-1/2 years and blacks by nearly 8 years, according to a report released Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Life expectancy for a Hispanic baby at birth is nearly 81 years, compared with 78 years for non-Hispanic white babies and slightly less than 73 years for black babies, the CDC said. As a total population, U.S. residents born in 2006 can expect to live an average of 77.7 years. The CDC...

2010-10-13 14:01:52

Israeli Arabs and Jews now living longer than Americans and other OECD members A new study conducted by a researcher at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) for Jerusalem's Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel reports that Israeli's have a higher life expectancy on average than Americans and residents of other OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries. According to the most recent data, from 2005, the average American life expectancy is now 78...

2010-10-13 12:25:00

Dr. Delgado: New Federal Data Demonstrate Positive Impact on Health of Culture, Family, and Community WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "A 'minority model' of health should be discarded. Today's life expectancy data show that understanding the unique Hispanic health profile holds the promise of lessons that can applied for good health for all communities," said Dr. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and author of The Latina Guide to Health...

2010-10-13 11:20:40

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ "America the greatest" might just become "America the o.k." A new study shows the U.S continues to lag behind other nations when it comes to improving your life expectancy. People like to point the finger and the most common reason so far has been poor performance when it comes to smoking, obesity, traffic abilities and homicide but now researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health are throwing those reasons out the window. While the U.S. has...

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2010-10-07 10:25:00

Researchers from Columbia University have found that the life expectancy of Americans is falling behind those of other countries, and the reason why might come as a bit of a surprise. It's not obesity rates, or smoking, or traffic accidents, or even homicides. Rather, the primary culprit, according to Peter Munning and Sherry Glied of the university's Mailman School of Public Health, is the poor quality of health care in the United States. In the Commonwealth Fund-sponsored study, Muennig and...