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U.S. death rate continues to decline
Modern Healthcare

The age-adjusted U.S. death rate fell 2.3% in 2009 to 741 deaths per 100,000 people, down from 758.7 deaths per 100,000 people in 2008, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF). It is the 10th year in a row in which the death rate has fallen, and the age-adjusted death rate fell in 10 of the 15 leading causes of death, according to the CDC. Falling were death rates from: heart disease (by 3.7%); cancer (1.1%); chronic lower-respiratory diseases (4.1%); stroke (4.2%); accidents/unintentional injuries (4.1%); Alzheimer’s disease (4.1%); diabetes (4.1%); influenza and pneumonia (4.7%); septicemia (1.8%); and homicide (6.8%).