Life Expectancy Lags in the U.S.

Life expectancy in the U.S. lags behind that of many other high-income countries and is currently ranked by the United Nations at number 28, despite spending the most on healthcare, according to a National Academy of Sciences report. In 2006, the average life expectancy at birth was 75.1 years for American men and 80.2 years for women, rising from 47.9 years and 50.7 years, respectively, in 1900 and 65.4 and 71 in 1950. In contrast, life expectancy for men in Japan was 79.2 years in 2007 and...Full Story
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