May 1977

Primary Care Medicine

Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(5):559-562. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630170001001

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Record lows  The National Center for Health Statistics (Rockville, Md), having compiled the final data, says United States death and infant mortality rates declined to record lows in 1975, while life expectancy at birth reached a record high. The recently released data include:

  • The death rate was 8.9 per 1,000 population, a 3.3% decline from the 9.2/1,000 rate in 1974 (which was the previous low). This is attributed particularly to a continuing downturn in deaths from heart and cerebrovascular diseases and from accidents. Preliminary 1976 data indicate little change.

  • The infant mortality rate was 16.1 deaths per 1,000 live births.

  • Life expectancy at birth was 72.5 years-68.7 years for men and 76.5 years for women.

Alcohol attitudes  Brown University says Rhode Island "will form a natural laboratory" for a multidisciplinary research training project funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The grant is to train researchers but,

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