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Life Expectancy Has Increased Dramatically Over The Past Century. But Some People Might Be Falling Behind.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 3:49
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from the Richmond Fed

– this post authored by Jessie Romero

At the turn of the 20th century, most babies born in America could expect to die before age 50 – if they survived past their first birthday, which roughly one in 10 babies did not. But over the past century, improvements in sanitation, nutrition, and medical care – especially the development of vaccines and antibiotics – have driven a dramatic increase in life expectancy. Babies born today can expect to live until they are nearly 80, and adults who reach old age are increasingly likely to survive additional years.

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