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Life Expectancy Declines for American Women

By April 23, 2008

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People always say "life is short," but for a surprising number of American women life may be getting even shorter.

Life expectancy for American women is declining for the first time since the Spanish influenza epidemic in 1918, according to a new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health. For another 7 percent or so, their life expectancy may not be getting worse, but it's not getting any better, either. The good news is that the decline in longevity has been linked to things that women can control.

Learn more about this historic drop in the life expectancy of American women, what's causing it, and how you (or the women you care about) can avoid becoming part of this disturbing trend.


April 24, 2008 at 7:52 am
(1) guidoLaMoto says:

A decline in life expectancy in females in only 180 counties out of 3000 counties hardly represents a trend. It suggests that technology has allowed more and more people to reach the “average life span” limit and now we’re seeing the normal distribution about that average. But drawing such a conclusion wouldn’t justify further research grants, so the authors avoided saying that. Very clever.

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