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CDC Report = Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2011

Death rates dropped significantly last year for five out of the 15 leading causes of death in US. But the average American’s life expectancy remained the same at 78.7 years from 2010 to 2011.

Top 10 Causes of Death (% change from 2010 to 2011):

Heart disease (-3%) Cancer (-2.4%) Chronic lower respiratory diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, and bronchitis (+1.2%) Stroke (-3.1%) Accidents or unintentional injuries (unchanged) Alzheimer’s disease (-2%) Diabetes (+3.4%) Influenza and pneumonia (+4%) Kidney-related diseases, including nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis (-12.4%) Suicide (-0.8%)

see also Medscapes review: http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/news/20121010/death-rates-drop-5-top-causes-death

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Absolute Risk of Tobacco Deaths: One in Two Smokers Will Be Killed by Smoking

Absolute Risk of Tobacco Deaths: One in Two Smokers Will Be Killed by Smoking | Heart and Vascular Health | Scoop.it
If you have help 2 smokers quit, you have saved (at least) 1 life The acronym “AWARD” is a guide:  (1) Ask about smoking.  (2) Warn smoking patients by saying “If you continue to smoke, your chance of dying from smoking-induced diseases (such as cancer, heart diseases, stroke, and respiratory and many other serious diseases) is 50% (67% for the very young; 40% for the very old).”  (3) Advise: “If you quit now, your risk will be greatly reduced (by 25% at old age, and by much more before age 40 years).” This will take about 10 seconds.  (4) Refer to a cessation clinic or hotline (5) Do it again until they quit
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