Murder No Longer The Top Cause of Death

An amazing thing has happened. For the first time in 45 years, murder isn’t one of the top 15 causes of death in the United States, so reports the government health officials. Murder was overtaken by respiratory failure, which is mainly seen in the elderly. This is the first time since 1935 that homicide hasn’t been at the top of the list. Is that good news or what?  Infant deaths have also dropped to an all time low of 6.14 deaths per 1000 babies. Heart disease and cancer remain in the top killers. Those two diseases account for nearly half the nations 2.4 million deaths in 2010.
  Death counts rose for Alzheimer’s, kidney disease, chronic liver disease, Parkinson’s and pneumonia. Other leading causes of disease dropped including, stroke. chronic lower respiratory diseases, accidents, flu, and blood infections.  U.S. life expectancy for a child born in 2010 is about 78 years. Hispanic men and women have the longest life expectancy, which is puzzling to experts.

  Causes of American Deaths are as follows:

1. Heart disease
2. Cancer
3.Chronic lower respiratory disease
4. Stroke, disease of blood vessels in the brain
5. Accidents
6. Alzheimer’s disease
7. Diabetes
8. Kidney Disease
9. Flu and pneumonia
10. Suicide
11. Septicemia, blood infections
12.Chronic liver disease
13. High blood pressure
14. Parkinson disease
15 Pneumonitis

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