What’s killing Americans most?

Study lists leading causes of death and disability

Death rates in the US have declined overall since 1990, but ischaemic heart disease remains the leading cause of death, according to a US burden-of-disease study.

Grim reaper

The findings have implications for dietary risk factors, tobacco, alcohol, dementia, musculoskeletal disorders, mental health disorders, drug use disorders, cirrhosis and self-harm, the authors say.

In the US, between 1990 and 2016

  • Low back pain remained the leading cause of