life expectancy

For the first time since 2014, death rates in the U.S. declined and life expectancy showed a modest uptick, according to new data released in two reports Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Life expectancy at birth in 2018 was 78.7 years, 0.1 year longer than the previous year.

Senior Airman Joseph A. Pagán Jr. / U.S. Air Force

The flu has been a huge concern this season with the vaccine being projected at only 30 percent effective against H3N2. However, this flu season pales in comparison to the Spanish flu epidemic that took place a century ago and lead to the deaths of an estimated 20 to 50 million people.

Join us as we consider the history and future of the flu vaccine. Plus, the life expectancy in the U.S. has fallen for the second year in a row. We will discuss this and more on Wellness Wednesday. 

Life expectancy in the U.S. fell for the second year in a row in 2016, nudged down again by a surge in fatal opioid overdoses, federal officials report Thursday.

"I'm not prone to dramatic statements," says Robert Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the National Center for Health Statistics. "But I think we should be really alarmed. The drug overdose problem is a public health problem, and it needs to be addressed. We need to get a handle on it."

One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live.

So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65.

Life Expectancy Varies In Franklin County

Mar 12, 2015
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Kirwin Institute

A new study on life expectancy points to race, poverty and lack of health care as factors that contribute to the premature death of some county residents.