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12/02/2013 5:17 pm0 commentsViews: 27
LA County AIDS Death Rate Drops 50 Percent: Study
Eds: The county Department of Public Health’s office of communications
can be reached at (213) 240-8144; email, media@ph.lacounty.gov.
LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A 50 percent drop in death rates for AIDS, and drops
in death rates for strokes and heart disease, helped Los Angeles County
outpace the rest of country in reducing its mortality rate over the past
decade, according to study put out today.
The death rate in Los Angeles County declined 19 percent from 2001 to
2010, compared to 13 percent nationwide, according to a new report, “Mortality
in Los Angeles County 2010: Leading causes of death and premature death with
trends for 2001-2010.”
“We’re making great progress against several leading causes of death in
the county,” said Dr. Jonathan Fielding, the county’s director of public
health. “Notable over this 10-year period were a 37 percent drop in coronary
heart disease and a 35 percent decline in the stroke death rate.”
Deaths due to Alzheimer’s disease increased sharply, more than doubling
from 905 in 2001 to 2,242 in 2010 and ranking No. 5 in the leading causes of
death.
“As the baby boomer generation ages, the burden of Alzheimer’s disease
is expected to increase significantly,” Fielding said. “More effective
treatments are needed, as are programs that support both patients and
caregivers.”
Deaths due to HIV/AIDS declined 50 percent, and deaths due to
pneumonia/influenza fell 31 percent, according to the study. Deaths from
emphysema and other chronic lung diseases were down 17 percent, and deaths due
to diabetes fell 13 percent, the study found.
The overall death rate in 2010 was 615 deaths per every 100,000
residents, was 17.7 percent lower than the national average of 747 deaths per
every 100,000 Americans.
Death rates among black males were the highest for most of the leading
causes of death.
The leading causes of premature deaths — death before age 75 — were
coronary heart disease, homicide, suicide, motor vehicle accidents and liver
disease.
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