Life expectancy for women over 50 is rising, WHO says

A report released by the World Health Organization found that women aged 50 and older around the world are living longer than in past decades. In 11 high-income countries including the U.S., the number of cardiovascular and diabetes deaths among women 50 years and older dropped by an average of 66% from 1970 to 2010. Meanwhile, noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke and cancer, were behind the early deaths of these women in developing countries. The findings appear in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

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