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New Yorkers Live Longer

Thursday, December 18, 2008

New health statistics suggest the city is continuing to outpace the national average for life expectancy. The latest figures show that a child born here in 2006, is likely to live to age 79. That's a four-month gain over the previous year. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden says the number of deaths has also continued to drop.

FRIEDEN: That's despite a population that's both growing and getting older. You would expect both of those things to cause an increase in death, but instead, we're seeing a decrease.

Frieden says there's been decreases in seven of the 10 leading causes of death for New Yorkers.


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