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CDC: Death Rate for American Youth Up in Recent Years

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 -- For persons aged 10 to 19 years, there was a decrease in the total death rate from 1999 to 2013, followed by an increase between 2013 and 2016, according to a report published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's June 1 National Vital Statistics Report.

Sally C. Curtin, from the National Center for Health Statistics in Hyattsville, Md., and colleagues used data from death certificates filed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to examine the number of injury deaths and death rates for children and adolescents aged 10 to 19 years for 1999 to 2016.

The researchers found that there was a 33 percent decrease in the total death rate for persons aged 10 to 19 years between 1999 and 2013 (from 44.4 to 29.6 per 100,000 population), followed by a 12 percent increase (to 33.1 per 100,000 population) between 2013 and 2016. The increase from 2013 to 2016 was due to an increase in injury deaths for 10- to 19-year-olds. Among all three leading injury intents (unintentional, suicide, and homicide), there were increases during 2013 to 2016. Unintentional injury decreased 49 percent between 1999 to 2013 and then increased 13 percent from 2013 to 2016.

"Although progress was made in reducing injury deaths among children and adolescents aged 10 to 19 years during 1999 to 2013, the recent upturn shows that persistent as well as emerging challenges remain," the authors write.

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Posted: June 2018