Dr. Helen

Interesting Stuff Around the Web

NPR: Death Comes In Many Different Ways. And Some Are A Bit Surprising:

We’re living longer.

And cardiovascular disease and infectious diseases aren’t taking quite as much of a toll as they did a couple of decades ago.

But that doesn’t mean we’re immortal.

Road accidents, suicide, chronic kidney disease, alcohol-related diseases … these are a few of topics to discuss after looking at a new country-by-country analysis of causes of death by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington….

The report also notes that women are living longer than men, and the gap in death rates for men and women in the 20-44 age bracket is widening.

One of the big drivers is men in the countries of the former Soviet Union. There’s a big increase in the death rate [in that bracket] in Eastern Europe and alcohol is likely a part of it.