Thursday, January 12, 2012

Top Killers

The CDC has released the top causes of death list. 14 of the top 15 have not changed much in years but Homicide finally got pushed out by pneumonitis.

1. Heart Disease

2. Cancer
3. Lower respiratory diseases; 
4. Stroke and related cerebrovascular diseases; 
5. Accidents (unintentional injuries); 
6. Alzheimer's disease; 
7. Diabetes; 
8. Kidney diseases; 
9. Influenza and pneumonia; 
10. Suicide; 
11. Septicemia; 
12. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis; 
13. Hypertension and related renal disease; 
14. Parkinson's disease; and 
15. Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids.

The good news is that overall the death rates from these causes has dropped including for heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease and the oft quoted infant mortality rate also declined to an all time low of 6.14 (per 1000 births).
Life expectancy increased by 1 month to 78 years and 8 months

Not clear if the trends will continue or even improve over time...and it will be interesting to see i the healthcare changes have a positive impact on these measurements

Posted via email from drnic's posterous