People of all ages—from infants and children to adults and the elderly—benefit from massage. According to a new national report, life expectancy in the U.S. is holding steady.

“United States Life Tables, 2005” was released March 3 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“In 2005, life expectancy at birth was 77.4 years, decreasing by 0.1 years from 77.5 years in 2004,” the report noted. “This decrease is not typical of the average annual changes that have occurred during the last 30 years, but it is not uncommon either and is mainly due to random variation from one year to the next.”

Although there have been reductions in incidences of stroke, cancer, heart disease and HIV infection, these decreases have been offset by increases in death from chronic lower respiratory diseases, Alzheimer’s disease, unintentional injuries, homicide, and influenza and pneumonia, according to the report.

“The difference in life expectancy between the sexes was 5.0 years in 2005, which is the same as that in 2004,” the report noted.

The full report is available at www.cdc.gov.

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