Jen Christensen, in a 6.3.16 CNN report:
Americans died at a higher rate in 2015, news that comes as a surprise to experts who are used to seeing a decline in the number of deaths.
The age-adjusted death rate was 729.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015, compared with 723.2 in 2014.According to Ms. Christensen:
This current data don't get at the demographics of the deaths, and a one-year increase in the death rate is not enough to tell us whether it's an anomaly or something else is going on with American's health. But it is a rare enough event that the experts are sure to be watching for additional trends.