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In Tennessee and Alabama, the distinctive cause of death is accidental discharge of firearms.
"Although chronic-disease-prevention efforts should continue to emphasize the most common [national] conditions, an outlier map such as this one should also be of interest to public health professionals," the researchers wrote in their report, which is published in the May issue of the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.
The researchers obtained a list of 113 causes of death from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Then they calculated the rate of death for each cause in each state and divided that rate of death from that cause in the entire U.S. (Read more)