Life Expectancy Lags in the U.S., But It May Be on the Upswing

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On average Americans don’t live as long as people in many other wealthy nations, and they’re less healthy overall — this, despite the fact that the U.S. spends more on health care than any other nation in the world. A new report by the National Research Council lays out the reasons for America’s longevity problem, but also indicates that the U.S. is poised to gain ground.

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