An article on Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s website reports U.S. average life expectancy increased from 2009 to 2010 and death rates decreased by one-half of one percent during that time.
“Pneumonia and influenza have really dropped a lot. Several years ago, they were the sixth leading cause of death,” said Dr. Michael Niederman, chairman of medicine at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. “To me, this is very encouraging because we’re dealing with older populations where many patients frequently have pneumonia, but this affirms the national priority on immunization, both influenza and pneumococcal.”
The other leading causes of death (in order) were: chronic lower respiratory diseases, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), accidents, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, kidney disease, suicide, septicemia, liver disease, hypertension and Parkinson’s.
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