Long Term Mortality Stats Analyzed

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 31 October 2018


Mortality Stats Analyzed

Young men more likely to die in summer, older people in winter despite local climate,
eLife, October 30, 2018.


“...an analysis spanning nearly four decades...”

“In this study, we set out to comprehensively characterise the patterns of death over different time periods and geographical areas to understand when and where death rates are at their highest and lowest.”

“…data on 85,854,176 deaths in the US between 1980 and 2016...”

“...several distinct seasonal patterns in relation to age and gender:”
> Deaths from overall mortality (any cause of death) in men aged 45 years and older and women aged 35 years and older peaked in December, January or February, and were lowest in June to August

> Deaths from heart and lung diseases were highest in January and February and lowest in July and August regardless of age

> Deaths in children younger than five were highest in February and lowest in August

> By contrast, deaths from overall mortality peaked in June and July for males aged between five and 34 years old

> Deaths from injuries were highest in the summer for both men and women younger than 45 years old

‘Surprisingly, these seasonal trends were independent of geography, which is noteworthy considering the differences in temperature across the regions studied.’

"We have identified distinct seasonal patterns relating to age, sex and disease, including higher summer deaths in young men."


Bottom Line

We are going to see real changes in mortality rates and patterns as the climate continues to heat up, and accelerates it cooking-off vast chunks of our planet’s ecosystems.

Stay tuned. We humans are not just triggering the Anthropocene, we are one of our own, “targets!”

NEW ERA on our PLANET: Tracking the Anthropocene

Then, we have the typical flood of Summertime adventure seekers into Nature, which I expect contributes a significant percentage of the Summer increase in mortality for males and females below 45 years of age.







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