Charting causes of death in America between 1970 and 2006

Some damn fine data visualization (interactive data visualization, at that!) by the folks at the Institue for Health Metrics and evaluation.

Here are some snap-judgements:

All Causes (males pictured above)

Charting causes of death in America between 1970 and 2006

A downward trend in the combined causes accounted for. True for males and females alike.


Tuberculosis

Charting causes of death in America between 1970 and 2006

Charting causes of death in America between 1970 and 2006

Not much of an issue in the U.S. anymore. (Though it's a very different story for the rest of the world.)


Poisoning

Charting causes of death in America between 1970 and 2006

Charting causes of death in America between 1970 and 2006

I'm confused... are these victims of poisoning (as in, they were poisoned intentionally by someone else) or accidental poisonings (self-inflicted or otherwise)? Either way: WHAT'S WITH THE POISON BOOM??


Breast Cancer

Charting causes of death in America between 1970 and 2006

Charting causes of death in America between 1970 and 2006

One of the few causes of death where probabilities in women are markedly higher than those in men. Things have gotten better, but not by much. Kind of the case for a lot of cancers, actually.


Communicable Diseases

Charting causes of death in America between 1970 and 2006

Charting causes of death in America between 1970 and 2006

Ugh, HIV.


Much more to explore over at IHME.