A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) UMass Research Institute for Life and Society (UMASS) has found that the state’s overall life expectancy and suicide rate have improved over the past three decades.
The study, titled ‘Toward an integrated approach to life expectancy’, is based on information from the state Department of Health and the UMass Health Administration.
Researchers said the number of Americans who are 65 and older has fallen by one-third since 1965.
They also said the state has reduced the number and types of suicides.
The number of people who die from suicide rose by 1.2 per cent between 1999 and 2016.
They said this is largely due to improvements in public health and other social interventions.
The report also found that there has been an overall reduction in the risk of dying from causes other than homicide.
The researchers used data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to examine how the state is faring over time.
The findings show that between 1998 and 2016, the number in the age group 65 and over has increased by two per cent.
The state’s rate of suicide has also dropped by one per cent over the same period.
There were also significant increases in the rates of non-fatal hospitalizations and non-life-threatening injuries in the state.
There are now fewer deaths due to causes other that homicide than at any time in the last 25 years.
Dr Michael Dvorak, the lead author of the study, said that this was due to better public health initiatives and social programs such as the Massachusetts Campaign to Prevent Suicide.
He said: “There is a clear benefit to reducing mortality rates from non-lethal causes.
The overall mortality rate in the US has been falling for many years, and it is a very good result for the US.”