London : Life expectancy around the world increased by 6.2 years between 1990 and 2013, according to a study published by The Lancet. Men, on average, are living 5.8 years and women have gained an additional 6.6 years, due largely to decreasing mortality rates for infectious diseases and cardiovascular problems, according to IANS. The study, analysing major causes of death in 188 countries, was carried out by an international consortium of more than 700 researchers and coordinated by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. The median age of death globally for both sexes climbed from 65.3 years in 1990 to 71.5 years in 2013.

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