Sunday, February 2, 2020

Life Expectancy is Finally Up!

One of the many articles on this news is from the New York Times,    American Life Expectancy Rises for First Time in Four Years explains that "[l]ife expectancy increased for the first time in four years in 2018, the federal government said Thursday, raising hopes that a benchmark of the nation’s health may finally be stabilizing after a rare and troubling decline that was driven by a surge in drug overdoses.” The increase is very small (one month the article notes) but it may  represent an upswing although "demographers cautioned that it was too early to tell if the country had turned the corner with opioid overdoses, which have claimed nearly 500,000 lives since the late 1990s."  Crossing our collective fingers it's an actual upswing and not a blip.

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