Key findings

  • Updated: December 13, 2012 - 8:51 PM

 

Life expectancy: Japan topped list in 2010, with 79 for men and 86 for women. Life expectancy for U.S. men was 76 and for women, 81.

Homicide: It is the No. 3 killer of men in Latin America; it ranks 20th worldwide. In the U.S., it is the 21st cause of death in men, and in Western Europe, 57th.

Diabetes: In people 15-49, it is a bigger killer in Africa than in Western Europe (8.8 deaths versus 1 death per 100,000).

Stroke: Central and Southeast Asia have the highest rates of fatal stroke in young adults, 15 cases per 100,000 deaths. It's 3 per 100,000 in North America.

Others: Globally, heart disease and stroke remain the top killers. Lung cancer moved to the 5th cause of death globally, while other cancers including those of the liver, stomach and colon are also in the top 20. AIDS jumped from the 35th cause of death in 1990 to the sixth leading cause two decades later.

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