US life expectancy down in recent years after increasing for decades

Life expectancy in the United States has fallen since 2014 after six decades of increasing. The driving force is in middle-aged deaths from drug overdoses, suicides and organ system diseases, according to a wide-reaching report published Tuesday in JAMA. The findings shows disparities in mortality trends across races and geographic locations. The largest increase in midlife mortality rates from 1959 to 2016 was in New England and the Ohio Valley.

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