Americans' Life Expectancy Rises Owing to Increasing Use of Medical Technologies
Life expectancy of Americans is rising with the increased usage of advance medical technology. There has been a reduction in the death rates due to heart disease and cancer, National Health report says.
On the other hand, experts feel that some things that should change are still the same, like smoking and obesity.
Though an average American now lives up to around 78 Years of age, lot of things are not changing, said Amy B. Bernstein, Chief of the Analytic Studies Branch in the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology at the U. S. National Center for Health Statistics.
According to the report, the rate of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and computed and positron emission tomography (CT/PET) scans have tripled from 1996 to 2007.
Also, knee replacements seemed to have increased 70% in the past decade. Organ transplants too have become more common these days. Kidney transplants per 1 million people grew 31%, while the number of liver transplants increased 42%.
But, technology comes at a price, Bernstein said, "Once you start using it, it is hard to stop using it, even if there are reasons that you should".
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