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Life Expectancy Increasing

According to a new study by medical journal The Lancet, global life expectancy has increased by 6.2 years since 1990. The longer life span is mainly due to reductions in death from previously leading factors, such as enteric infections, respiratory issues, and heart disease. The region that experienced the greatest increase in life expectancy is eastern sub-Saharan Africa, which gained 10.7 years, followed by Oceania which gained 8.3 years. The study provides an in-depth look at global health and details where more work is needed. These results are even more staggering when taking COVID-19 into account. Despite the setbacks the pandemic caused, life expectancy continued to increase on national, regional, and global scales. Learn more about the study’s findings here!

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