In the real world, the probability of a ten year old's death also reflects the fact that in developed countries, children live in sheltered conditions.

According to the CDC, the leading causes for death for children aged 5-9 (in 2012 in the United States) are:

  1. Unintentional injury
  2. Malignant neoplasm (aka cancer)
  3. Congenital disorders
  4. Homicide
  5. Heart disease

If we solved aging, it seems likely we could eliminate or significantly reduce deaths from cancer, congenital disorders and heart disease.

Once we look at the 10-14 age bracket or above, suicide makes it into the top five causes of death until age ~50 and above.

We can also look at the leading causes of unintentional injury. For the 5-9 age bracket, w... (read more)

Open thread, Nov. 17 - Nov. 23, 2014

by MrMind 1 min read17th Nov 2014329 comments


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