Report: Infant Deaths in U.S. Drop To Record Low; Life Expectancy Flat For 3 Years


A new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that infant mortality dropped in the United States to record low in 2014.

According to the latest data, the infant mortality rate fell to 581.1 infant deaths per 100,000 live births in 2014, compared to 596.1 infant deaths per 100,000 live births in 2013.

The rate of deaths from respiratory distress in newborns significantly fell to 11.5 infant deaths per 100,000 births from 13.3 deaths per 100,000 live births.

In addition, the report showed that the rate of death among adults slightly dropped to 724.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014, versus 731.9 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013.

Further, the rate of death due to five of the 10 leading causes among adults decreased significantly, according to the report. Those causes include heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, diabetes, and influenza and pneumonia.

Moreover, there was an increase in the number of deaths for unintentional injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease and suicide. However, the rate of death from kidney disease remained flat.

Researchers found an increase in deaths from Alzheimer’s disease from 2013 to 2014. Alzheimer’s was the cause of 25.4 deaths per 100,000 people in 2014, compared to 23.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013, representing an 8.1% increase, the report showed.

Earlier this year, CDC released a report in which it disclosed that preterm births dropped slightly to 9.57% of births compared to 9.62% in 2013.

Furthermore, Researchers found that there was no change in life expectancy rate in the United States during the last three consecutive years. This can be attributed to better nutrition and education, medical growths, and improved public health messages.