Major health problems in the United States

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Major health problems in the United States Over the 20th century, medicine responded to the most common health threats with effective  treatments. By the end of the century, the leading causes of death had changed dramatically.  According to the national Center for Health Statistics, the top ten causes of death are: heart disease,  cancer, blood vessel diseases, accidents, lung diseases (not cancer), pneumonia and flu, diabetes,  suicide, liver disease, and homicide. At the beginning of the century, the leading causes of death  were tuberculosis, pneumonia, diarrhea, heart disease, nephritis, accidents, blood vessel diseases,  cancer, bronchitis, and diphtheria. Discovery and development of vaccines and antibiotics meant that  diseases once deadly are curable or nonexistent. People live longer, thus suffering more diseases  associated with old age such as heart disease, cancer, and blood vessel diseases. What has also  changed is physicians' abilities to recognize and diagnose disease more accurately. In the past a 
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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