CDC report examines racial disparities in life expectancy

07/18/2013 | Bloomberg Businessweek · CNN/The Chart blog · WebMD

Overall, life expectancy at birth rose from 70.8 years to 78.7 years between 1970 and 2010, but blacks had a shorter life expectancy than whites, CDC researchers said Thursday. During that period, the gap in life expectancy for blacks and whites narrowed from 7.6 years to 3.8. Cardiovascular disease, cancer, homicide, diabetes and childbirth-related conditions accounted for much of the gap.

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