For the first time in over four years, human life expectancy is on the rise according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control.

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"The latest calculation is for 2018 and factors in current death trends and other issues. On average, an infant born that year is expected to live about 78 years and 8 months," reports WGRZ.

From 2014 to 2017, life expectancy was on a slight decline, due in part to an upswing in deaths from suicide and drug overdoses.

The CDC reports cancer is the #2 cause of death, and heart disease remains the #1 cause of deaths in the United States.

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