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By David Bishai
Johns Hopkins University 

US life expectancy just dropped for the second year in a row. Let's stop the trend now


January 17, 2018

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(THE CONVERSATION) U.S. gross domestic product is at an all-time high. U.S. life expectancy is not.

Life expectancy has fallen for the second time in two years – from a high of 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.6 years in 2016. It fell for men and women, whites, blacks and Hispanics. Statistics show that thousands were preventable, premature deaths.

Life expectancy is not supposed to fall in countries that are this rich, spend this much on health and pride themselves on taking care of...

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