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jojo
06-22-2012, 03:00 PM
The New England Journal of Medicine looks through 200 years of back issues to understand how we die differently (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/06/22/how-we-die-in-one-chart/):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/files/2012/06/causeofdeath.png

I think the take home is that through innovations in science and medicine, we now live long enough to die from chronic degenerative diseases...

Guess it's true what they say-life is a death sentence.

BillDoran
06-22-2012, 05:54 PM
Cool stuff. Thanks for sharing, jojo.

LoganBuck
06-22-2012, 07:40 PM
Anyone else want a room temperature glass of hand squeezed raw milk?

Tom Servo
06-22-2012, 08:12 PM
One of the craziest stories to me about old-timey living is how Calvin Coolidge's son played tennis without his socks on, got a blister, it got infected, and he died from it. From not wearing socks with his shoes, one time.

bigredmechanism
06-22-2012, 09:51 PM
Wow it's crazy to look at the drop of influenza/pneumonia deaths and the rise of cancer deaths.

I wonder what it would look like in 2100?

oneupper
06-23-2012, 12:05 AM
Wow it's crazy to look at the drop of influenza/pneumonia deaths and the rise of cancer deaths.

I wonder what it would look like in 2100?

Euthanasia 100%

dougdirt
06-23-2012, 12:56 AM
2013 - 100% The Mayans were right

reds1869
06-23-2012, 12:58 AM
Wow it's crazy to look at the drop of influenza/pneumonia deaths and the rise of cancer deaths.

Indeed. I believe a big part of the increase in cancer deaths is the decrease in other causes (and the resulting longer lifespan). The longer we live the more likely it is we will develop cancer. Take a look at this life expectancy chart; mind blowing.

http://demog.berkeley.edu/~andrew/1918/figure2.html

Edit: And if you are up for a little light reading here is in depth info updated to 2007. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr59/nvsr59_09.pdf

KronoRed
06-23-2012, 01:07 AM
One of the craziest stories to me about old-timey living is how Calvin Coolidge's son played tennis without his socks on, got a blister, it got infected, and he died from it. From not wearing socks with his shoes, one time.

Not only that but he went from the blister to being dead in only 8 days.

hebroncougar
06-24-2012, 12:02 AM
I think a lot if us in the USA are eating ourselves to death.

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