US life expectancy surpasses 78 setting a new record.

by Yahoo News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the estimate Wednesday. It’s for a baby born in 2009, and is based on nearly all the death certificates for that year.

About 2.4 million people died in the United States in 2009 — roughly 36,000 fewer than the year before.

More good news: The infant mortality rate hit a record low of 6.42 deaths per 1,000 live births, a drop of nearly 3 percent from 2008.

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People are living longer which is a great feat for the U.S to be proud of. Improvements in medicines and vaccines has allowed humans to live longer lives. In 2010, the U.S population grew to about 308 million (the world population is 7 billion and growing).

With the global population expanding, humans must work on protecting earth’s resources for sustainable consumption.