Rise in Death Rate Surprises Experts
The death rate in the United States rose last year for the first time in a decade, The New York Times reported. The rate rose to 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, up from 723.2 in 2014, the newspaper reported, citing preliminary data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
The increase in the death rate comes after it declined for years in light of improvements in health, disease management and medical technology, NYT reported.
Experts told the New York Times the uptick in mortality is surprising, with some saying the finding seems to fit the broader pattern of rising death rates among working-class whites. Still, researchers said more data are needed to know what the increase in the death rate means, according to NYT.
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