Violence Has Replaced Infectious Disease As The Leading Killer Of People Under 30

July 2, 2014 2:59 PM

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Violence Has Replaced Infectious Disease As The Leading Killer Of People Under 30

The current state of affairs is pretty curious. We’re living longer than we’ve ever lived before, but are we any healthier? Alzheimer’s disease, for instance, wasn’t a problem in the early 20th century. Sure, we hadn’t discovered it yet, but that was because we didn’t live long enough to contract it. And where infectious disease used to grip young people, a new report shows violence and injury have taken its place.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected data on cause of death since 1900, when diseases accounted for over half of all fatalities. Among today’s population, however, the culprits have switched to heart disease and cancer, which together account for 65 percent of all deaths. But...

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