Death rate for flu, pneumonia fell sharply in 2006

first_imgJun 12, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that the death rate in the United States dropped significantly from 2005 to 2006, led by a 12.8% decline in mortality related to seasonal influenza and pneumonia. The findings were released in a 52-page preliminary report on death trends for 2006 from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Heron said a final report on 2006 deaths would be published in the fall. Samuel Preston, a demographer at the University of Pennsylvania, told the AP that while US life expectancy doesn’t appear very impressive, “we may be in the process of catching up.” The overall age-adjusted death rate in 2006 was 776.4 deaths per 100,000 population, compared with 799 per 100,000 in 2005, the CDC said in a news release. The preliminary number of total deaths was 2,425,900, down 22,117 from 2005. Life expectancy in the United States still lags behind about 30 other countries, according to World Health Organization data for the same year, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. Death rates for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States dropped significantly in 2006, but the drop in flu and pneumonia mortality was the steepest. Other conditions that had declining death rates included lower respiratory diseases (6.5%), stroke (6.4%), heart disease (5.5%), diabetes (5.3%), hypertension (5%), chronic liver disease/cirrhosis (3.3%), suicide (2.8%), septicemia (2.7%), cancer (1.6%), and accidents (1.5%). On the other hand, officials have also noted a rise in deaths from Alzheimer’s disease, which could reflect the steadily aging population, she said. Alzheimer’s disease passed diabetes as the sixth leading cause of death in 2006, according to the report. “We’ll keep watching as more and more baby boomers age,” Heron said. Heron said she was surprised that deaths dropped in so many of the categories and said the drop in diabetes deaths is particularly notable. “We’re making improvements in treating diabetes,” she said. Racial disparities in the death trends are still apparent, but aren’t as acute as in previous years, the authors reported. However, record high life expectancies were noted for both blacks and whites of both genders.center_img The CDC said the data are based on more than 95% of death certificates that are collected in 50 states and the District of Columbia as part of the National Vital Statistics System. For the first time, US life expectancy reached 78.1 years, an increase of 0.3 from 2005, according to the CDC release. CDC preliminary report on 2006 death trends “With a rapidly growing older population, declines in the number of deaths (as opposed to death rates) are unusual, and the 2006 decline is likely the result of more mild influenza mortality in 2006 compared with 2005,” the CDC release said. See also: Melonie Heron, a demographer at the CDC and lead author of the report, told CIDRAP News that the agency’s experts aren’t sure yet what contributed to the drop in influenza and pneumonia deaths. “We’re all speculating. It may be that the flu strain that year was less virulent or that the flu vaccine was really good,” she said. Jun 11 CDC press release A total of 56,247 deaths were attributed to flu and pneumonia in 2006, a rate of 18.8 deaths per 100,000 population, according to the CDC report.last_img read more

10 things to know about the Carrier Dome renovations

first_img Published on August 21, 2019 at 12:52 pm Contact Arabdho: armajumd@syr.edu | @aromajumder For almost the entirety of Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim’s coaching career, the Carrier Dome’s iconic air-supported roof has remained a staple of SU’s campus, but from 2020 onward, a new frame will dominate the skyline. Three years ago, Syracuse University announced renovations to the Carrier Dome as a part of its Campus Framework plan, a 20-year guideline for physical campus development. Many of the major improvements are expected to be completed by the fall of 2020, including a new roof, hanging scoreboard, lighting and sound changes, a larger Wi-Fi network and improvements to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here’s what to expect from the ongoing construction process for the renovated Carrier Dome.1. Changing timelineOriginally, University Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala announced that the construction of the new steel roof would commence in May 2020, and the impact on Syracuse Athletics during the 2019-2020 season would be minimal. In April, the timeline was shifted to include all Syracuse Athletics vacating the Carrier Dome on March 1. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThat could impact late-season men’s and women’s basketball play as well as home games for the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. Commencement activities will be affected. A more concrete timeline is expected to be released early in the fall semester.2. Advantages The new roof is expected to have a 40-year lifespan, more than double its predecessor’s, and include less costs for maintenance. Inside, air conditioning and new bathrooms will bring it back up to modern standards. A new LED lighting system will turn on faster after power outages, and better Wi-Fi will also help make the gameday experience better, especially for students. “What it’s going to be when it’s renovated is the best building between New York and Toronto,” Director of Athletics John Wildhack said in April.3. No more inflatable roof Without the inflatable bubble, there will no longer be concern of clearing off snow from the roof during winters. There will also no longer be an air-lock system, making the building more friendly to hosting concerts and other non-sporting events that require materials to be transported in and out of the building quickly. Amy Nakamura | Co-Digital Editor4. Natural light?The amount of natural light entering the Dome will not be vastly different to what it is now. In 2016, Sala said the roof would be built with ethylene tetrafluoroethylene, a fluorine-based plastic, which resembles glass and is used in Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium. However, making the Dome suitable for basketball with that material would have been difficult and added costs, so it was scrapped. The new roof will make the building more transparent, and over the summer, Wildhack said men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim was able to run camps without turning on artificial lighting until 6 or 7 p.m. 5. JumbotronA new four-sided hanging scoreboard will be added along with the roof, which will have a “wow factor” for the fans, Wildhack said in April. The scoreboard may be portable — SU could move it to the center of the Dome for football games or to the side for basketball games. 6. FundingSU Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Amir Rahnamay-Azar said in 2018 the $118 million used to fund the renovations will come from three sources: fundraising, school reserves and borrowing. More than $6 million of the funds will go toward ADA compliance. That includes elevators, accessible seating, closed captioning software and five ADA electronic door operators. 7. AmenitiesWhile major changes such as the roof are expected to be completed in time for the 2020 football season, other minor changes will continue until 2022. Air conditioning, enhanced bathrooms and new concession spaces have been listed for the longer timeline. Sala has said SU is also considering replacing some of its seating. Aesthetically, Syracuse will feature a new skyline with the addition of steel crusts stretching above the bubble-roof shape of the Dome.Daily Orange File Photo8. Parking during the processBecause of construction on the Dome, parking at the rear of the Quad parking lot will remain limited through winter break. Quad permit holders will still have access, but Service permits will only be honored based on availability. Loading docks at Falk College and Heroy Geology Laboratory will remain open. 9. CraneAn 1,100-ton crane with a boom reaching 580 feet will be used in the construction of the new steel crust roof. While construction continues with this crane, the stairs leading up to the Gate C area will remain open, Sala said. Fans and visiting teams will come in through that entrance during the 2019-20 season. A large crane pad by Gates N, E and P will feature an 800-ton crane also in place for some of the football season. When the new roof around that area is built, the crane will move to Gates F, G and H, where it will be disassembled after finishing its work. 10. New roof, same nameRahnamay-Azar said in 2018 that the Dome renovations will not alter Syracuse’s relationship with Carrier Corp., a heating and air conditioning company which has had naming rights for the Dome since 1979. But, SU did remove all 64 mentions of “Carrier” in its football media guide, Syracuse.com reported on Aug. 21.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more