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New Research Finds Trauma Leading Cause of Death to Age 46, Up from Age 44

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Peter Rhee articleIn new research published in the Annals of Surgery, trauma surgeon Peter Rhee and colleagues find that traumatic injury leads as the cause of death for all Americans from birth to age 46, up from age 44 according to previous research.

Trauma deaths increased by 22.8% from 2000 to 2010, while the US population increased by only 9.7%, the researchers found. While the trauma death rate among most age groups remained relatively stable during the period, that among older Americans changed significantly. Despite a slight decrease in the baby boomer population during that decade, their trauma death rate increased by 17.8%.

“Older individuals are being disproportionately affected by trauma,” note the researchers. “The changing epidemiology of trauma mortality must be a focus of robust future investigations to make strides in preventing and treating trauma, the greatest increasing killer in our era.”

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