Ten-year jump in life expectancy for rich nations, US lags

Rich countries have gained an average of ten years in life expectancy since 1970, a study released by the OECD said Wednesday, but the United States ranked near the bottom in the latest ranking for 2013.

Averaged across men and women, the US — at 78.8 years — was 27th in life expectancy at birth among the 34 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the intergovernmental organisation said.

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