Worldwide, people are living longer

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Worldwide, people are living longer

Life expectancy has risen globally as death toll falls from major diseases
Rhonda Stewart

People are living longer throughout the world, due in part to lower rates of deaths from heart and blood vessel disease in high-income countries and a reduction in child deaths in low-income countries, but disparities remain among regions. These are some of the findings from a new, first-ever journal publication of country-specific cause-of-death data for 188 countries.

Published in The Lancet today, Dec. 18, the study, “Global, regional, and national age-sex-specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 causes of death, 1990-2013: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013,” was conducted by an international consortium of more than 700 researchers led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation  at the University of Washington

Read the news release from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which includes data visualizations of the changes in life expectance and probability of death, how mortality trends are estimated, and causes of death. The news release also lists the top 10 causes of death wordwide in 1990 and in 2013.

News media coverage of these findings include: 
Wall Street Journal
Ghana Broadcasting Company
Fox New Latino
CTV News
CBS News
Sky News Australia
Belfast Telegragh