New CDC data show that the death rate is up in the U.S in 2015 to almost 2.6 million. The number of deaths (age-adjusted) rose from 723.2 deaths in 2014 to 729.5 per 100,000 last year. With the exception of the death rate for cancer, which has fallen slightly, death rates for most other chronic conditions are rising. Still, there are many more births—4 million births in the U.S. in 2014, up 1 percent from 2013—than deaths.
Here’s some age-adjusted data:
- More older adults are dying from falls, up from 58.7 to 59.8 deaths per 100,000
- More people are dying from suicides, stroke, emphysema, drug overdoses and Alzheimer’s disease
- Rates of death linked to heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease have not changed
- Fewer people are dying from cancer, down from 160.9 to 157.9 deaths per 100,000
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