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Wellness Wednesday: A decline in life expectancy

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American life expectancy last year declined to 76 years, the lowest level since 1996.

The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the decline, but substance abuse has played a role as well.

And the news is worse, depending on race and gender.

Coming up on wellness Wednesday, what life expectancy estimates reflect about our times and what a lower life expectancy portends? Plus, protecting preventative care and a look at misophonia.


  • Paul Shafer, Assistant Professor of Health Law, Policy, and Management, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Elizabeth Arias, Mortality Statistician, National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC
  • Heather Hansen, PhD Student in Cognitive Psychology Program, Ohio State University

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