Death rates

In this Oct. 22, 2018 file photo, a fentanyl user holds a needle near Kensington and Cambria in Philadelphia. Suicides and drug overdoses helped lead a surge in U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. U.S. health officials released the latest numbers Thursday, Nov. 29. Death rates for heroin, methadone and prescription opioid painkillers were flat. But deaths from the powerful painkiller fentanyl and its close opioid cousins continued to soar in 2017. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
November 29, 2018 - 3:21 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the Centers for Disease Control and...
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This undated family photo provided in October 2018 shows Alicia Ackley, of Alvin, Texas. Diagnosed with cervical cancer in July 2018, she followed the advice of her doctor and had a traditional open hysterectomy rather than the minimally invasive version. Some hospitals are changing their practice after studies found women who had less invasive surgery for cervical cancer fared worse. (Courtesy Alicia Ackley via AP)
October 31, 2018 - 5:02 pm
New evidence about a cancer operation in women finds a higher death rate for the less invasive version. The unexpected findings are prompting changes at some hospitals that perform radical hysterectomies for early-stage cervical cancer. Researchers compared two types of radical hysterectomy. Women...
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is greeted after being introduced by Scott Murray, U.S. Attorney for New Hampshire, before speaking on the opioid and fentanyl crisis, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
July 12, 2018 - 6:03 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in eight states with high drug overdose death rates will pursue even seemingly small synthetic opioid cases under a program announced Thursday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions announced Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge in New Hampshire, which...
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A migrants stands outside a building after being evicted by police in Rome, Thursday, July 5, 2018. Over 100 migrants, most of them refugees, were evicted from a squatted building in Rome. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
July 06, 2018 - 12:38 pm
ROME (AP) — Roughly one of every six migrants who set out in traffickers' unseaworthy boats from Libya perished at sea last month, U.N. refugee agency officials said on Friday. The period corresponds to crackdowns launched by Italy and Malta against private rescue boats operating in the area. Even...
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, workers dig a new grave at a church cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa. Preliminary data released on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 shows U.S. death rates rose again last year, indicating that 2017 likely will mark the third straight decline in American life expectancy. (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP)
May 23, 2018 - 3:34 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. death rate rose last year, and 2017 likely will mark the third straight year of decline in American life expectancy, according to preliminary data. Death rates rose for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, and three other leading causes of death, according to...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, a Cincinnati Fire Department medic nasally administers Naloxone to a man while responding to a possible overdose report at a gas station in downtown Cincinnati. New surges in the use of methamphetamine and cocaine, often in mixtures with synthetic opioids, are fueling rocketing overdose death tolls in states such as Ohio, one of the nation's hardest hit during the opioid crisis. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
April 02, 2018 - 10:09 am
CINCINNATI (AP) — New surges in use of methamphetamine and cocaine mixed with a powerful synthetic opioid are contributing to rising drug overdose death tolls in already hard-hit Ohio. As county coroners have begun releasing their 2017 tallies, a trend has emerged of more deaths involving meth or...
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February 23, 2018 - 6:43 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Padmashree Rida, Georgia State University and Ritu Aneja, Georgia State University (THE CONVERSATION) White women in the U.S. are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than...
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A Pakistani mother waits with her infant to be seen by a doctor at a children ward of Poly Clinic in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. The U.N. children's agency in a report released Tuesday singled out Pakistan as the riskiest country for newborns, saying that out of every 1,000 children born in Pakistan, 46 die at birth. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
February 20, 2018 - 7:19 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The U.N. children's agency in a report released Tuesday singled out Pakistan as the riskiest country for newborns, saying that out of every 1,000 children born in Pakistan, 46 die at birth. "It's abysmal," said Dr. Ghazna Khalid, a leading obstetrician in Pakistan's northwestern...
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February 07, 2018 - 1:44 am
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Researchers at East Carolina University have found that middle-aged whites in North Carolina are dying at an unprecedented rate. The university said in a release the study published in the North Carolina Medical Journal found a nearly 6 percent increase in the mortality of...
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FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, used needles litter the ground at an open air drug market along Conrail train tracks in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Drug overdose deaths in the U.S. skyrocketed 21 percent in 2016, dragging down life expectancy predictions for a second straight year, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (Michael Bryant /The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
December 21, 2017 - 11:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. deaths from drug overdoses skyrocketed 21 percent last year, and for the second straight year dragged down how long Americans are expected to live. The government figures released Thursday put drug deaths at 63,600, up from about 52,000 in 2015. For the first time, the powerful...
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