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The CDC Reports a Drop in U.S. Life Expectancy

Life expectancy in the United States decreased slightly in 2017, while the 10 leading causes of death remained unchanged from the previous year. Health experts have attributed this change in part to suicides and drug overdoses.

according to November 29, 2018, report on the death rate in the United States Released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overall life expectancy decreased from 78.7 years in 2016 to 78.6 in 2017. Male life expectancy decreased from 76.2 to 76.1, but remained unchanged for women at 81.1 years .

From 2016 to 2017, age-adjusted mortality rates rose for seven of the 10 leading causes of death, including unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza, pneumonia, and suicide.

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