according to such demographic and medical characteristics as age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, educational attainment, State of residence, and cause of death. Trends and patterns in general mortality, life expectancy, and infant and maternal mortality are also described. Methods—Descriptive tabulations of data reported on the death certificates of 2,312,132 deaths are presented. Changes between 1994 and 1995 in numbers of deaths and death rates and differences in death rates across demographic groups in 1995 are tested for statistical significance. Decomposition procedures are used to identify causes of death accounting for changes in age-specific death rates and life expectancy. Results—The age-adjusted death rate for the total population in 1995 decreased, reaching an all-time low; and life expectancy at birth increased by 0.1 year to 75.8 years.The improvement in life expectancy was primarily due to decreases in mortality from heart disease, cancer, homicide, perinatal conditions, and chronic liver disease, despite offsetting increases in mortality from diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and accidents. The list of 15 leadin
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