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Global life expectancy rises

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7143.1477a (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1477
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    The World Health Organisation has painted an optimistic picture of life in the 21st century—in industrialised countries people are going to be healthier and live longer. But although improvements have been seen in developing countries, 21 million still face premature death this year.

    The World Health Report 1998 says that worldwide, premature deaths (defined as occurring before the age …

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