Data shows U.S. life expectancy on rise

August 19, 2009 10:32:46 AM PDT
The government released data Wednesday showing life expectancy in the U.S. has risen to a new high. The Centers for Disease Control say a child born in 2007 can expect to live to 78-years-old.

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That is a year and a half longer than someone born a decade earlier. The CDC credits declines in almost all the leading causes of death including heart disease and cancer.

But, the average American lifespan still lags behind 30 other countries. Japan's estimated life span is 83 years.

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