“We’re losing the battle:” how to combat the decline of life expectancy in the U.S.


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New data on life expectancy in the United States is out, and the trend isn’t good. Since 2014, when life expectancy in the country reached its peak of 78.9 years, Americans have experienced the most dramatic decline in life expectancy - down 2.8 years to 76.1 years - in over a century. What are the causes behind this alarming dip? Which demographics are affected the most? Is there anything we can do to make up the gains in healthy living that have now been lost? Dr. Joshua Sharfstein is the Director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and helped author a new report of recommendations to improve life expectancy in America. He shares some of the key findings in the report, which you can read here: https://americanhealth.jhu.edu/

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