While it might seem encouraging to learn that the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC) no longer consider murder to be in the top 15 causes of death in the United States, that could quite possibly mean that more people are dying from diseases.
During the CDC annual report the organization announced that for the first time since 1965 murder is not listed in the top 15 causes of death in the United States [2011 statistics].
While that announcement is promising must of the report would have your average hypochondriac gasping for air and asking for a pill. According to the CDC more people are now dying of pneumonitis, a respiratory illness that mainly plagues older people.
Still topping the list are heart disease and cancer while the next top five on the list saw declines including stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, flu/pneumonia, and blood infections. Also increasing and this time at alarming rates were the number of people dying from Alzheimer’s disease, kidney disease, chronic liver disease, cirrhosis and Parkinson’s disease.
For parents worried about their children the report did find that the infant mortality rate has fallen to a record low of 6.14 deaths per 1,000 births.
The CDC report has also found that the life expectancy of a child born in 2011 also rose sharply to 78 years and 8 months, nearly one month longer then the life expectancy reported in 2009 births.
Are you surprised to learn that murder in the United States claims less deaths then the top 15 causes listed by the CDC?
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