U.S. life ex­pectancy falls as death causes in­crease

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

NEW YORK | A decades­long trend of ris­ing life ex­pectancy in the U.S. could be end­ing: It de­clined last year, and it is no bet­ter than it was four years ago.

In most of the years since World War II, life ex­pectancy in the U.S. has inched up thanks to med­i­cal ad­vances, pub­lic health cam­paigns and bet­ter nu­tri­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

But last year it slipped, an ex­ceed­ingly rare event in a year that did not in­clude a ma­jor dis­ease out­break.

In 2015 rates for eight of the 10 lead­ing causes of death rose, in­clud­ing heart dis­ease, stroke, drug over­doses and sui­cide.

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