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Black-white gap in life expectancy is narrowing as African Americans get healthier

(Washington Post) The gap in life expectancy between U.S. whites and blacks has narrowed considerably as African Americans make progress against major killers such as heart disease, cancer and HIV, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday.
Average life expectancy for blacks was 5.9 years less than for whites in 1999. That gap shrank to 3.6 years in 2013, the National Center for Health Statistics reported, as longevity rates for African Americans increased faster than they did for whites.
The gains would have been even larger "if not for increases in death rates for the black population [from] aortic aneurysm, Alzheimer's disease and maternal conditions."
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