This season's flu strains continue to hit the senior population especially hard, with the majority of deaths and hospitalizations hitting those over the age of 65, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Rates for five of the top 15 causes of death have fallen significantly over the past year, though overall lifespan has stayed the same, a government analysis found.
In 2009, the average life expectancy of a baby born in the U.S. climbed to 78.2 years, according to the new National Vital Statistics Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the same time, the death rate fell to an all-time low.
Americans' life expectancy has dropped by one month, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Early results of the report showed that a baby born in 2008 could be expected to live 77.8 years.