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Ranks of American Centenarians Growing Quickly, Report Says

The number of Americans living to their 100th birthday and beyond has surged nearly 44 percent since the turn of the century, a U.S. study released Thursday showed. Better medical care and healthier lifestyles helped to boost U.S. centenarians' ranks to 72,197 in 2014 from 50,281 in 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report said. More than 80 percent of the centenarians were female. The numbers should keep rising, since the death rate for centenarians has fallen...

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