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US life expectancy down for a second year


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Health researcher claim that Americans are dying younger, and life expectancy is now down for the second straight year — something not seen in more than half a century.

Fewer people make it to age 65. And the biggest killers of young people include what statisticians call “unintentional injuries” — a category that covers drug overdoses, traffic crashes and falls.

Deaths from those causes rose 9.7% in 2016.

Suicides also increased in 2016, as did reported deaths from Alzheimer’s disease

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