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December 9, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
After five decades as the third-leading cause of death in the United States, stroke slipped to fourth place in 2008, edged out by chronic lower respiratory disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Preliminary figures for 2008 also showed that life expectancy slipped slightly in 2008, declining from 77.9 years in 2007 to 77.8 in 2008. Heart disease and cancer remained the two leading causes of death, accounting for 48% of all deaths. In fifth through 10th places were accidents, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, influenza/pneumonia, kidney diseases, and septicemia.
December 14, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Life expectancy soared over the last part of the 20th century as treatments for major diseases improved and infectious diseases were quelled by vaccines and better treatment. The most recent data, however, hint that life expectancy is no longer growing. And, according to a new study, we may spend more years sick than we did even a decade ago. In a fascinating paper published Monday in the Journal of Gerontology , noted gerontologist Eileen Crimmins and her colleague Hiram Beltran-Sanchez, both of USC, suggest that the goal of a long life marked by mostly healthy years may not be possible for most of humanity.
June 15, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
The U.S. simply isn't keeping up with the rest of the developed world in life expectancy, new research revealed this week. And women in particular are backsliding, a trend attributed in part to obesity and smoking. But the devil is in the details. Some counties are keeping pace, while others have life expectancies similar to those of Honduras and El Salvador (i.e., not great). Between 2000 and 2007, more than 80% of U.S. counties have slipped in standing against what researchers term the international frontier: the life expectancy of the 10 nations with the lowest mortality.
November 7, 2012 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times
So, what's it worth to lace up those sneakers and break a sweat for about 30 minutes a day? About 3.5 extra years of life, on average - and about 4.2 additional years for those willing to step up the intensity or put in closer to an hour a day of brisk walking or its equivalent, according to a new study. Even for the severely obese - those with a body mass index above 35 - exercising for about 2.5 hours a week at moderate intensity or for 75 minutes at vigorous levels puts average life expectancy a notch above that of a normal-weight person who is sedentary, the research shows.
May 29, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Life is shorter for African Americans in the High Desert. Antelope Valley residents of all races face higher mortality rates than in the rest of Los Angeles County, but the rates for black residents are even more pronounced. African Americans in the region die four years sooner than black residents elsewhere in the county and 10 years earlier than county residents in general, according to the most recent health statistics. As the number of African Americans living in cities like Palmdale and Lancaster continues to grow, county officials acknowledge that they have yet to investigate the causes and consequences of lowered life expectancy.
October 10, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Murders and suicides fell last year among the nation's youth, boosting the average life expectancy of Americans to a high of 76, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta said. Homicide caused 8.4 deaths per 100,000 people in 1996, down 10.6% from a rate of 9.4 deaths the year before, the CDC said. Among 5- to 14-year-olds, the death rate fell 13.3%. Suicides also dropped. Among 15- to 24-year-olds, the rate fell 9% last year to 12.1 from 13.
September 14, 2001 | From Associated Press
Life expectancy is about six years shorter for blacks than whites, and homicide is a leading contributor to the racial gap, a government study said Thursday. Homicide adds about seven months to the gap, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in what it called the first report analyzing life expectancy by race and cause of death. Overall life expectancy is about 75 years for whites and 69 years for blacks, the report said.
August 6, 1990 | United Press International
The Japanese people--already the longest living in the world--broke their own records for life expectancy in 1989 with women living to an average of 81.77 years and men 75.91 years. According to the World Bank, Japan had previously topped the world in life expectancy with an average life span for both men and women of 78.
August 30, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Black men and women have a longer life expectancy than ever before, but on average they still die about six years younger than whites, according to a new government report. Overall, American life expectancy crept upward in 1990 by two months--to 75 years and 5 months, the Department of Health and Human Services report said. That's how long Americans born last year could expect to live on average. The life span for black men lagged nearly seven years behind that of white men.
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