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An emergency room entrance at a Santa Clarita, Calif. hospital. (Jason Redmond/AP). By Thomas R. Frieden. Thomas R. Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2009 to 2017, is president and chief executive of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the public-health nonprofit Vital Strategies. Driven by sharp increases in deaths from drug overdoses, U.S. life expectancy declined for a second consecutive year in 2016. Even during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s, life expectancy did not decrease over multiple years. Preliminary data suggests that U.S. life expectancy may drop even further in 2017 — a three-year decline not seen since World War I and the global influenza pandemic a century ago. Full story

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