CDC recently released the statistics on the 10 leading causes of death in the US for 2005. I was shocked to see that for ages 1-44 the leading cause of death is unintentional injury. This includes such causes as motor vehicle accidents, drowning, fire/burn, firearm, poisoning, etc. Homicide and suicide rank just below unintentional injury for ages 15-34.
To me, the amazing fact is that our youth are no longer dying of infectious diseases. They are dying of other causes that might be just as preventable. Injury prevention and mental health must be considered as we revamp the current U. S. health care system.