While the biggest news is definitely the new record high life expectancy at birth of 78.2, the report also found other encouraging trends:
The age-adjusted death rate for heart diseases fell 3.7%
The age-adjusted death rate for cancer fell 1.1%
The age adjusted death rate for alzheimer’s fell 4.1%
The age adjusted death rate for homicide fell a whopping 6.8%!
Infant mortality is down 2.6%, from 6.59 per thousand in 2008 to 6.42 per thousand in 2009.
While the life expectancy of those over 75 didn’t improve, every other age group saw an increase of 0.1 years.