US Life Expectancy Stalls At 79 Years, Infant Death Rate Drops

Posted: Dec 9 2015, 11:41pm CST | by , Updated: Dec 10 2015, 9:09pm CST, in News | Latest Science News


US Life Expectancy Stuck at 79 for Third Straight Year
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CDC reports that life expectancy remained the same as in past two years. Infant mortaltity saw an historic decline.

Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for the third consecutive year, according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. 

It means a child born last year could expect to live 78 years and 8 months, which is the same as predicted for the past two years. The last time life expectancy was stalled for three straight years was back in 1980s.

The consistency of mortality rate might have been linked to the death causes which are unchanged from 2012 and 2013 but the number of deaths due to Alzheimer's, unintentional injuries and suicides has been increased significantly over the years.

The infant death rate has dipped to a historic low of 2.3% as 582 infant deaths per 100,000 were reported in 2014. The 10 leading causes of infant deaths in 2014 were the same in 2013. Differences came, however, in the decreased number of deaths that were observed due to all top 10 diseases.

Dr. Steven Woolf, director of the Center on Society and Health at Virginia Commonwealth University says that decline in infant mortality is a good new but is not faster than the rate of other industrialized countries. It is twice that of Sweden, Denmark, Japan and Israel and almost three times that of Finland.

“US infant mortality rates – like much of its health statistics generally – have not kept pace with advances in other high-income countries,” Woolf, who was not involved in the study, told The Guardian.

The CDC reported that more than 2.6 million deaths were registered in 2014. Life expectancy for females is 81.2 years while in males it is 76.4 years.

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