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Life Expectancy Drops For White Women, Increases For Black Men
National Public Radio

White women are dying at a slightly younger age than they used to. That’s according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The life expectancy for non-Hispanic white women in the United States declined by one month — from 81.2 years to 81.1 years — from 2013 to 2014. Though just one month may not seem like much, demographers worry — it’s the first time since the government began keeping records that white women saw their life expectancy decline, according to the report.

The numbers don’t include cause of death, but demographer Elizabeth Arias, who wrote the analysis, decided to dig deeper. She looked at cause of death among white people in the U.S. over the past 15 years. And the changes she found troubled her.