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US life expectancy reaches 25 year low

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o3063 (Published 29 December 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o3063
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

In 2021 life expectancy in the US fell for the second year in a row to reach 76.4 years, the lowest since 1996, reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said.12 The drop in life expectancy was due primarily to increased numbers of deaths from covid-19 and from drug overdoses.

The age specific death rate rose from 2020 to 2021 in every age group over 1 year old. The greatest increases were among young and middle aged adults, with a 13.4% increase in the 25-34 …

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