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Life expectancy worldwide rose steeply over the last half-century, a new United Nations report says.
In the 1950-55 period, average life expectancy was 47 years. From 2005-2010, the average human was expected to live 68 years.
The UN report, issued Friday, says people are living longer mainly because of improvements in nutrition and hygiene, as well as advances in vaccines and medical treatments against infectious and parasitic diseases.
Life expectancy increased the most in developing countries, where it now stands at 66 years, up from 41 years in 1950-55. It is still lowest in Africa, where HIV-AIDS has kept the average life expectancy at 55 years.
The UN report also says non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart failure have supplanted communicable ones as the main causes of death.
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