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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Researcher: Homicides Kill More Young Black Men Than Other Leading Causes Combined

Homicide is the number one killer of young Black men.

“Mortality from homicide among young Black men is killing more young Black men than all other causes put together,” says Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, a professor at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU. “This is in dire contrast to young Black women, White women, young White women, young White men, whose chief cause of death is accidents.”

In fact, he says that homicides among Black men ages 15 to 24 accounted for more deaths than unintentional injuries, suicide, cancer, HIV and other diseases combined. In a recent commentary in the American Journal of Medicine, entitled “A New American Tragedy,” Hennekens asserts that there needs to be more research on this disparity.  theskanner...


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