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U.S. Life Expectancy Reaches All-Time High

U.S. life expectancy reached an all-time high of 77.4 years in 2002, up from 77.2 years in 2001, according to the CDC. U.S. life expectancy continues to rise because of steady decreases in deaths from heart disease, stroke and cancer. Some experts believe life expectancy will reach age 100 in less than 60 years. However, U.S. infant mortality has risen for the first time in over 40 years, from 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2001 to 7.0 deaths per 1,000 in 2002. The increase may be due to the fact that more American women are waiting until their 30s or 40s to have children, and then having multiple babies using fertility drugs.

Yahoo! News February 11, 2004

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