In U.S., Hispanics live the longest, CDC says

ATLANTA - (AP) - A new government report shows Hispanics in theUnited States outlive whites by more than two years and blacks bymore than seven.

It's the first time a separate life expectancy has beencalculated for Hispanics. The report says that a Hispanic born in2006 could expect to live for more than 80 years.

The report is the strongest evidence yet of the so-calledHispanic paradox - long life expectancy for a population that has alarge share of poor, undereducated members.

Researchers have seen signs of Hispanic longevity for years, butacknowledge most people assume whites live longer.

A leading theory is that Hispanic immigrants are among thehealthiest from their countries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released thereport Wednesday.

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