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Deaths from osteoarthritis and related conditions may be increasing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that from 1979 to 1998, deaths increased from 5,537 to 9,367. While the death rate in the U.S. was 2.46 per 100,000 people in 1979, the death rate was 3.48 per 100,000 in 1998.
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