Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

April 2012    |    Volume: 44    |    Number: 4

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Loving life longer

CDC shortchanges true life expectancy in the United States

By Hoang Pham

Although life expectancy in the United States has increased over the years due to improved lifestyles and better medical care, the nation still lags behind many developed countries, at least if you gauge it by the official statistics. According to a 2007 study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics, babies born in the United States in 2005 are expected to live an average of 77.8 years. That ranked the United States 47th in the world in terms of life expectancy, according to NationMaster.com.


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