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

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Despite the slight uptick, life expectancy in the U.S. is the lowest among wealthy nations.

Life 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.

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