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US Life Expectancy Hits Record High

Newborns can now look forward to 78.2 years of breathing

(Newser) - US life expectancy hit an all-time high in 2009, according to new government data released yesterday. A baby born that year can expect to live an average of 78.2 years, USA Today reports, up from 78 years in 2008. That’s in part because death rates fell significantly for... More »

Teen Birth Rate Tumbles to New Low

Decline coincides with recession

(Newser) - Teen births took a 6% plunge last year, with just 39.1 out of every 1,000 girls aged 15 to 19 becoming moms, according to new government statistics released today. It’s the second straight year the numbers have fallen, after a record low in 2008. “The decline... More »

World Pop. to Hit 7B by 2012

Increased 1B in 13 years

(Newser) - The world's soaring population is expected to hit 7 billion by 2012, further straining thinly stretched natural resources, AP reports. The current population is 6.7 billion, and growing at 1.2% a year, spurred by increasing medical and nutritional advances in developing countries. But as more women in developing... More »

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