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Murray said they weren't sure why some countries -- like Australia and South Korea -- were particularly successful in reducing death rates, but guessed better policies on things like tobacco control and road accidents might be responsible.
Death rates were highest for men in Swaziland and for women in Zambia. Researchers also found death rates jumped in eastern Europe, perhaps because health systems fell apart after the collapse of the Soviet Union and widespread smoking. In sub-Saharan Africa, deaths have fallen, possibly due to the rollout of lifesaving AIDS drugs.
Murray said adult deaths have largely been neglected by the U.N., except for AIDS and tuberculosis programs. "We need to recognize just how bad things are getting in some parts of the world," he said.
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