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2004 saw the sharpest drop in deaths in around 60 years – down almost 50,000 from 2003. The research team for “Death: Preliminary Data for 2004” from the National Center for Health Statistics, suspects that the drop is due to decreases in deaths from heart disease, stroke, and cancer – the leading killers. It may also have to do with 2004 having a mild flu season.

Reference

Title
U.S. Death Rates Drop Dramatically
Publication
MSN Health & Fitness
Publication Date
April 19, 2006
Authors
Gardner, Amanda
URL
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