*14 LIFE EXPECTANCY: RISES TO HISTORIC HIGH
According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and
Life expectancy in 1997 was 76.5 years, up from 76.1 years in 1996, and infant mortality was 7.1 deaths per 1,000 live births, down from 7.3 in 1996. The teenage birthrate fell 3% last year to 52.9 births per 1,000 females ages 15-19 from 54.4 births in 1996. The use of prenatal care in the first trimester was also up to 82.5% of all pregnant women from 81.9% in 1996. Dr. Bernard Guyer of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, who analyzed the CDC data, said, "This report is about making slow but steady progress in many important areas." Death rates were down for homicide, suicide, heart and liver disease, diabetes and AIDS ("MSNBC.com", 12/8).
STILL WORK TO DO The AP/Albany Times Union reports that the "most dramaticimprovement was among black males, whose life expectancy increased by 1.2 years to 67.3 years." Life expectancy for black females increased by half a year to 74.7, and for white females by one-tenth of a year to 79.3. White males saw a four-tenths of a year improvement to 74.3 years.
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