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[Comment] Future inequalities in life expectancy in England and Wales

Recent international trends in life expectancy tell a remarkable story of improvement.1 In England, life expectancy from birth has doubled since 1840 and, from 1982 to 2012, has increased by about 8 years for men (from 71·3 years to 79·2 years) and 6 years for women (from 77·3 years to 83.0 years).2 This most recent change equates to more than 6 h of life expectancy gained per day survived for men, and more than 4 h for women.