We're Living Longer, says CDC Health of the Nation Report
This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its 40th annual report on the health of the nation from the Secretary of Health and Human Services. In addition to information about health and health care trends, the report also includes information about demographic characteristic changes of the U.S. population.
From 1975 to 2015, overall life expectancy increased. The infant mortality rate decreased 63 percent, from 16.07 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1975 to 5.90 in 2015. The age-adjusted heart disease death rate has dropped 61 percent, from 431.2 to 168.5 deaths per 100,000 people, and the age-adjusted cancer death rate decreased 21 percent, from 200.1 to 158.5 deaths per 100,000 people.
The report also features information about declines in cigarette smoking, increases in prescription drug use, and changes in health care spending and access to medical care from 1975 through 2015.