Mortality in the United States, 2017.

  title={Mortality in the United States, 2017.},
  author={Sherry L. Murphy and Jiaquan Xu and Kenneth D. Kochanek and Elizabeth Arias},
  journal={NCHS data brief},
This report presents final 2017 U.S. mortality data on deaths and death rates by demographic and medical characteristics. These data provide information on mortality patterns among U.S. residents by variables such as sex, race and ethnicity, and cause of death. Life expectancy estimates, age-specific death rates, age-adjusted death rates by race and ethnicity and sex, 10 leading causes of death, and 10 leading causes of infant death were analyzed by comparing 2017 and 2016 final data (1). 

Life Expectancy and Mortality Rates in the United States, 1959-2017.

US life expectancy increased for most of the past 60 years, but the rate of increase slowed over time and life expectancy decreased after 2014, with the largest relative increases occurring in the Ohio Valley and New England.

Estimating the impact of drug use on US mortality, 1999-2016

Drug-associated mortality in the US is roughly double that implied by drug-coded deaths alone, which implies that, in the absence of drug use, life expectancy at age 15 would have increased slightly between 2014 and 2016.

Infant Mortality in the United States, 1915-2017: Large Social Inequalities have Persisted for Over a Century

Social inequalities in infant mortality have persisted and remained marked, with the disadvantaged ethnic and socioeconomic groups and geographic areas experiencing substantially increased risks of mortality despite the declining trend in mortality over time.

Trends in Mortality From Drug Poisonings, Suicide, and Alcohol-Induced Deaths in the United States From 2000 to 2017

This cross-sectional study found that demographic and geographic patterns varied by cause of death, suggesting that these causes of death were not concentrated in 1 group or region and tailored interventions to each cause are urgently needed.

Trends in the diagnosis of diseases of despair in the United States, 2009–2018: a retrospective cohort study

Increasing clinical rates of disease of despair diagnoses largely mirror broader societal trends in mortality, and suggest opportunities for healthcare systems and providers to deploy targeted prevention to mitigate the progression of morbidities towards mortality.

Declining life expectancy in the United States

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the life expectancy figures for 2017 on November 28, 2018. These figures demonstrate a further decline in U.S. life expectancy from 78.7

Association Between Educational Attainment and Causes of Death Among White and Black US Adults, 2010-2017.

Estimated life expectancy at age 25 years declined overall between 2010 and 2017; however, it declined among persons without a 4-year college degree and increased among college-educated persons.

Historic and recent trends in county-level coronary heart disease death rates by race, gender, and age group, United States, 1979-2017

Spatiotemporal differences in these long term, county-level results can inform responses by the public health community, medical providers, researchers, and communities to address troubling recent trends.