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Americans living longer but falling behind other nations, study says
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Americans are living longer than ever before, but compared with the healthiest nations in the world, their life expectancy is shorter and falling behind. Even Californians, who fare better than the national average, are living shorter lives than their peers around the world. The average American man in 2007 could expect to live 75.6 years, and a woman 80.8 years, according to research released today by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. But between 2000 and 2007, more than 80 percent of counties in the United States fell in standing against the “international frontier,” the average of the 10 nations with the best life expectancy in the world.