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Latinos in U.S. live longer than whites, blacks: report

Latinos in the United States outlive non-Hispanic whites by more than two years and blacks by more than seven, according to the government's first calculation of Hispanic life expectancy.

The startling report Wednesday is the strongest evidence yet of what's been called the "Hispanic paradox" -- long life expectancy for a group that has a large share of poor, undereducated people.

One leading theory is that Hispanics who manage to immigrate to the United States are among the healthiest from their countries.

A Latino baby born in 2006 could expect to live about 80 years and seven months, the National Center for Health Statistics estimates. Life expectancy for a white baby born then is about 78, and for an African-American baby just shy of 73 years.

Until recently, federal researchers didn't calculate life expectancy for Hispanics as a separate group.