Homicide drops off US list of top causes of death

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    Jan 18, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    Great news.

    http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20120112/NEWS10/120119814

    ATLANTA — For the first time in almost half a century, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top 15 causes of death, bumped by a lung illness that often develops in elderly people who have choked on their food.

    The 2010 list, released by the government Wednesday, reflects at least two major trends: Murders are down, and deaths from certain diseases are on the rise as the population ages, health authorities said.

    Homicide was overtaken at No. 15 by pneumonitis, seen mainly in people 75 and older. It happens when food or vomit goes down the windpipe and causes deadly damage to the lungs.
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    Jan 18, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    riddler78 saidGreat news.

    http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20120112/NEWS10/120119814

    ATLANTA — For the first time in almost half a century, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top 15 causes of death, bumped by a lung illness that often develops in elderly people who have choked on their food.

    The 2010 list, released by the government Wednesday, reflects at least two major trends: Murders are down, and deaths from certain diseases are on the rise as the population ages, health authorities said.

    Homicide was overtaken at No. 15 by pneumonitis, seen mainly in people 75 and older. It happens when food or vomit goes down the windpipe and causes deadly damage to the lungs.
    Why are you so overjoyed? You skeerd?
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    Jan 18, 2012 5:12 AM GMT
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    riddler78 saidGreat news.

    http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20120112/NEWS10/120119814

    ATLANTA — For the first time in almost half a century, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top 15 causes of death, bumped by a lung illness that often develops in elderly people who have choked on their food.

    The 2010 list, released by the government Wednesday, reflects at least two major trends: Murders are down, and deaths from certain diseases are on the rise as the population ages, health authorities said.

    Homicide was overtaken at No. 15 by pneumonitis, seen mainly in people 75 and older. It happens when food or vomit goes down the windpipe and causes deadly damage to the lungs.
    Why are you so overjoyed? You skeerd?


    Aren't you in the least happy that violent crime rates continue to fall - especially considering that the economy isn't doing that well?
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    Jan 18, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    jpBITCHva saidMy friend Ruth died of pneumonitis. It was awful. She kept saying in the last year of her life that she was afraid that it was going to get her, and it did. She'd had problems aspirating when she ate for at least a year before.


    Sorry to hear that. That sounds like an awful way to go...