U.S. life expectancy falls slightly

With details, Reuters:

[The CDC]  said a baby born in 2008 could expect to live about one month less than one born in 2007, falling from a record high of 77.9 years in 2007.

[snip]

The CDC said that overall, women were expected to live 80.3 years and men 75.3 years.

It’s a blip, mostly. But the big news is that stroke fell to fourth-leading cause of death, from third. Lower respiratory disorders (asthma/emphysema/bronchitis) took over third, perhaps helped – if that’s the right word – by a change in data collection.

Heart disease and cancer remain 1-2.

(Via InsuranceERM.)

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