Vital statistics report released

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Flu and pneumonia replaced homicide in the top 10 of causes of death in Alaska in 2016.

    The Vital Statistics Report released by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services also showed 11,213 births last year in Alaska.  There were 4,520 deaths.  Those deaths included 91 fetal deaths, and 61 infant deaths.

    Cancer caused 974 deaths, heart disease 814, and unintentional injury 429 deaths last year.  Cancer related and unintentional deaths increased while heart disease cases decreased in 2016.  The report found 182 deaths involved alcohol, 174 involved firearms and 131 involved controlled substances.  The report showed 186 suicides in 2016 a decrease from 200 suicides in 2015.

    The report also found 5.9% of births were considered low birth weight and found 78% of pregnant women received proper prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy.  The report also showed a decline in the number of births to teen mothers.  There were 582 births to teen moms in 2016, compared to 662 in 2015.

    The report also showed 5,272 marriages and 2,942 marital separations in Alaska last year.

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