Fred Mogul, Reporter, WNYC News
Fred Mogul has been covering healthcare and medicine for WNYC since 2002.
New York, NY –
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.