SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association
Death Rates in the United States Continue to Decrease
The researchers gathered data from the National Center for Health Statistics from 1969 to 2013. They report that overall death rates have decreased by 43 percent. During this time period, death rates continued to decrease for heart disease, cancer, stroke, injuries and diabetes. However, the decrease in heart disease, stroke and diabetes related deaths has slowed during the last five years.
The researchers also found that deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have doubled since 1969, and continue to increase, specifically among women.