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Dementia and flu are blamed for increase in deaths in 2015 in England and Wales

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 08 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2022
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The spike in deaths seen in 2015 in England and Wales was mainly due to an increase in dementia and Alzheimer’s related deaths and flu outbreaks among older people, an analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has concluded.1

Provisional figures showed 529 613 registered deaths in England and Wales in 2015, an increase of 28 189 (5.6%) on the previous year. Some 86% of the extra deaths occurred in people over 75, and 38% were in people over 90. This was the largest number of deaths in a single year since …

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