Preliminary data from the CDC found mortality rates in the U.S. hit a record low, with rates decreasing from 758.7 deaths per 100,000 Americans in 2008 to 741 per 100,000 Americans in 2009. Researchers reported that deaths from 10 of the 15 leading causes, including heart disease and diabetes, decreased. U.S. life expectancy increased from 78 in 2008 to 78.2 in 2009, and infant mortality rates reached an all-time low.

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