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First Rise in U.S. Death Rate in Years Surprises Experts

WASHINGTON — The death rate in the United States rose last year for the first time in a decade, preliminary federal data show, a rare increase that was driven in part by more people dying from drug overdoses, suicide and Alzheimer’s disease. The death rate from heart disease, long in decline, edged up slightly. Death rates — measured as the number …

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BIRTH DEFECT RATE RISES 17% IN PACIFIC STATES AFTER FUKUSHIMA – Joseph Mangano and Janette Sherman

March 19, 2015 – Birth defect rates rose after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in five hard-hit US states bordering the Pacific Ocean, says a new journal article just after the 4th anniversary of the disaster. Among babies born April-November 2011, after the meltdown, the rate of five birth defects rose +13.00% in five Pacific states compared to 2010, and fell -3.77% …