Teenage mortality is not falling as fast as infant mortality

29 March 2011

Global infant mortality rates have fallen by 90 per cent in the past 50 years as treatments for infectious diseases become much more widespread.

According to new research published in the medical journal The Lancet, however, teenage mortality rates are a different story.
The researchers behind the study claimed that teenagers and young adults are more at risk and mortality is relatively higher in this age bracket.

Dr Russell Viner of University College London, lead author of the new research paper, told the BBC: "Modern life is much more toxic for teenagers and young people.

"We've had rises in road traffic accidents, rises in violence, rises in suicide which we don't see in young children."

He concluded: "The teenage years were the healthiest time of our life. It's no longer true."

Recently, the UK's Institute of Cancer Research claimed that 90 per cent of cancer mortality is down to late-stage metastasis.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

1 Viner, Russell. "50-year mortality trends in children and young people: a study of 50 low-income, middle-income, and high-income countries". The Lancet. Tuesday, March 29th 2011.

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