Death rates

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2005 file photo, a man smokes a cigarette in Euharlee, Ga. According to a report by the American Cancer Society released on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, cancer deaths have dropped for all Americans, but the rates have fallen faster in blacks than whites. Experts say the main reason is that smoking rates fell more dramatically in blacks in the past 40 years, and that’s paying off in fewer deaths now. (AP Photo/Ric Feld)
February 14, 2019 - 11:25 am
NEW YORK (AP) — For a long time, blacks have died of cancer at higher rates than other Americans. But a new report says the gap is narrowing. Nearly 30 years ago, black men had a 47 higher cancer death rate than white men. Now it's 19 percent higher. Black women had a 19 percent greater cancer...
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Migrants wait aboard the German humanitarian group's rescue boat Sea Watch 3, off the coast of Syracuse, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. The Italian coast guard is bringing socks, shoes, bread and fruit to 47 migrants who have been stranded at sea for nine days aboard a German ship. (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)
January 30, 2019 - 7:20 am
ROME (AP) — The Latest on migration in Europe (all times local): 1:15 p.m. The U.N.'s top refugee official says six people died on average every day trying to cross the Mediterranean last year and that the death rate in perilous sea crossings is rising. U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, chemotherapy drugs are administered to a patient at a hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C. The U.S. cancer death rate has been falling between 1991 and 2016, and so far there’s little sign the decline is slowing, according to a report released on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Patrick Gentry
January 08, 2019 - 10:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a positive impact, experts say. But it's not all good...
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Maggie Hill, 67, watches Charity play in Madison, W.Va., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Hill adopted the 10-year-old girl about five years ago. Hill's son had been raising her but lost custody during his ongoing struggle with drug addiction, Hill said. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert)
December 18, 2018 - 3:08 am
MADISON, W.Va. (AP) — If you want to understand why U.S. life expectancy is declining, West Virginia is a good place to start. The state is a bellwether of bad health, portending major problems years before they became severe nationally. "It seems that the worst outcomes happen here first," said Dr...
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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 - 12:13 am
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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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 - 3:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New government data show U.S. death rates rose last year, suggesting 2017 will mark the third straight year of decline in American life expectancy. Death rates rose for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, flu and pneumonia, and three other leading causes of death. The Centers for Disease...
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FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2015, file photo, visitors to a park gestures at each other near chimneys spewing smoke in Beijing. Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. One out of every six premature deaths in the world in 2015 - about 9 million - could be attributed to disease from toxic exposure, according to a major study released Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 in The Lancet medical journal. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
October 20, 2017 - 5:50 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Increasing pollution worldwide is proving deadlier than war, natural disasters or smoking, according to a new report published in the Lancet medical journal. Based largely on 2015 data from the Global Burden of Disease, the report estimates that at least 9 million premature deaths...
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FILE - This Oct. 25, 2011 file photo shows the logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG on one of their buildings in Basel, Switzerland. According to results published Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, for the first time, a drug has helped prevent heart attacks by curbing inflammation, a new and very different approach than lowering cholesterol, which has been the main focus for decades. Canakinumab's maker, Novartis, sponsored the study. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP, File)
August 27, 2017 - 5:03 am
For the first time, a drug has helped prevent heart attacks by curbing inflammation, a new and very different approach than lowering cholesterol, the focus for many years. People on the drug also had surprisingly lower cancer death rates, especially from lung cancer. An anti-tumor effect is an...
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April 26, 2017 - 7:57 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a story April 24 about tests in Africa for a malaria vaccine, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the World Health Organization is hoping to wipe out malaria by 2040. In fact, WHO wants to reduce malaria mortality rates by at least 90 percent by 2030. A corrected...
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