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Healthwise, US falls behind other nations

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WASHINGTON - The United States spends more per capita on health care than any place in the world but lags behind other wealthy nations in health and life expectancy, according to research published on Wednesday. 

Japan still leads the world in terms of living the longest, with average life expectancy at 82.6 years in 2010, up from 79.1 years in 1990.

Americans are living longer too - an average of 78.2 years compared to 75.2 two decades ago - but were outpaced by other developed nations as the US ranking for life expectancy slid from 20th to 27th in the world.

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