Mortality rates fall significantly for 5 top diseases

10/11/2012 | WebMD

The mortality rates for five out of the 15 main causes of death in the U.S. fell significantly from 2010 to 2011, but the average life expectancy remained at 78.7 years, according to a new CDC report. The rate of deaths from heart disease and cancer, which make up 47% of all U.S. deaths, dropped by 3% and 2.4%, respectively. Also down more than 1% were deaths due to stroke (-3.1%), Alzheimer’s (-2%) and kidney-related diseases (-12.4%).

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