CDC: Infant Mortality Down, Alzheimer's Deaths Up — Physician’s First Watch

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December 10, 2015

CDC: Infant Mortality Down, Alzheimer's Deaths Up

By the Editors

The U.S. infant mortality rate declined 2.3% from 2013 to 2014, reaching a record low of 582.1 per 100,000 live births, according to data released on Wednesday by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.

At the same time, deaths from Alzheimer disease rose 8.1%, to 25.4 per 100,000 population. As in 2013, Alzheimer's was the sixth leading cause of death in 2014.

Since 2012, life expectancy at birth has held steady at 78.8 years — the highest it's ever been.

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Anne-Reet Annunziata, PHd, LDN Other Healthcare Professional, Geriatrics, Long Term Care

Since AZ does not in itself "cause" death it would be more informative to have the actual causes listed, eg: aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition secondary to reduced PO intake, dehydration, etc.. These can be treated to some extent with good care and this reporting would reduce the hysteria around this diagnosis.

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