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How the burden of global diseases has changed in the past two decades

The Economist converts data from a study in Lancet into a big friendly infographic. The bottom line:

Between 1970 and 2010, the most basic metric for health—life expectancy at birth—rose from 56.4 years to 67.5 years for men and from 61.2 years to 73.3 years for women. Remarkable progress has been made in the fight against infectious disease, and mortality rates for children have dropped. The bad news is that, as people live longer, they are developing all kinds of other problems.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

December 15, 2012 at 4:15 am

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