CDC Report Explores What Killed 2.5M Americans in 2010

Pixland/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Nearly 2.5 million Americans died in 2010, and heart disease and cancer killed nearly half of them, according to a report out Wednesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For the first time in 46 years, murder fell out of the top-15 leading causes of death, replaced by pneumonitis in the 15th spot.

Life expectancy increased to nearly 79 years old, one-tenth of a year longer than the previous year.

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