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U.S. life expectancy goes up for the first time since 2014

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEJan. 30, 2020, 9:30 AM UTCBy Kaitlin SullivanLife expectancy in the United States went up for the first time in four years in 2018, thanks largely to a decrease in death rates from cancer and drug overdoses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.Still, experts noted that the report, from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, is not all good news: The U.S. also saw an increase in suicide and flu death rates in 2018.The report means that babies born in 2018 are expected to live slightly longer — 78.7 years vs 78.6 — than babies born in 2017.Largest one-year drop ever in ...