U.S. life expectancy increases to almost 78 years

08/20/2009 | Yahoo!

The CDC said U.S. life expectancy is now at almost 78 years for a child born in 2007, an increase of three months from 2006. Researchers said declining death rates for almost all leading causes of death helped push the number upward. The data showed a slight, but not statistically significant, rise in the infant mortality rate to 6.77 infant deaths per 1,000 births.

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