Life expectancy has declined slightly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Life expectancy at birth dropped to 77.8 years in 2008, from 77.9 years in 2007.
Life expectancy dropped by an average of a little more than a month for both men and women, according to the CDC.
CDC analysts based the mortality data from information from death certificates reported to the National Center for Health Statistics from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.
Life expectancy for black males increased to 70.2 years, from 70, and the life expectancy gap between the white and black populations fell to 4.6 years, from 4.8 years in 2007.