‘We’re Not Accustomed to Death Rates Rising on National Scale’
June 1, 2016 (EIRNS)—Once again today, the rising march of death in America under "W" Bush and Obama has been documented. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "surprised experts" by reporting that the overall death rate increased in the United States in 2015 to 729.5 per 100,000 persons, a rise of about 6 persons/100,000 dying. About 20,000 more U.S. residents died in 2015 than in 2014.
There were smaller increases in the death rate in 2005 and in 1993, due specifically to very severe flu seasons, compounded in 2005 by a mishandled vaccine shortage and in 1993 by the AIDS epidemic. But otherwise, death rates of the overall population have fallen every year for the past 40, until now.
The 2015 rise in deaths came to a great degree from more suicides; more drug overdoses (one more for every 100,000 people); more "unintentional injuries", which also include overdoses as well as car crashes and gunshots (two more per 100,000); and four more deaths for every 100,000 caused by Alzheimer’s Disease—now acknowledged to be linked to warfighting stress, depression, and anxiety.
Robert Anderson, the chief of mortality statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics of the CDC, told the New York Times,
"If this happens again in 2016, we’ll be a lot more concerned. We’ve seen increases in mortality for some groups, but it is quite rare to see it for the whole population."