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  • Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

    03/13/2017 9:20:44 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 74 replies ^ | December 8, 2016
    One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live. So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, according to an analysis of the latest data. And that led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993 Most notably, the overall death rate for Americans increased because mortality from heart disease and stroke increased after declining for years....
  • US life expectancy falls, as many kinds of death increase

    12/07/2016 9:51:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 8, 2016 12:02 AM EST | Mike Stobbe
    A decades-long trend of rising life expectancy in the U.S. could be ending: It declined last year and it is no better than it was four years ago. In most of the years since World War II, life expectancy in the U.S. has inched up, thanks to medical advances, public health campaigns and better nutrition and education. But last year it slipped, an exceedingly rare event in a year that did not include a major disease outbreak. Other one-year declines occurred in 1993, when the nation was in the throes of the AIDS epidemic, and 1980, the result of an...
  • In US, rich may outlive poor by nearly 15 years: study

    04/11/2016 10:57:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    AFP ^ | April 11, 2016
    Miami (AFP) - The richest Americans tend to outlive the poorest by almost 15 years, and that gap has grown since 2001, said a major study of income and life expectancy this week. The findings, published Sunday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, were based on more than one billion tax records from 1999 to 2014, as well as government mortality statistics. The gap in life expectancy between the richest one percent and the poorest one percent was 14.6 years for men and 10.1 years for women, said the study led by Raj Chetty, an economics researcher at...
  • Study: Mexico Violence So Extreme It's Causing Male Life Expectancy To Drop

    01/07/2016 2:58:29 PM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 10 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 01/07/2016 | The Associated Press
    In the most violence-plagued state, the loss added up to a stunning three years. A new study suggests that Mexico‘s drug violence was so bad at its peak that it apparently caused the nation‘s male life expectancy to drop by several months. Experts say the violence from 2005-2010 partly reversed decades of steady gains, noting that homicide rates increased from 9.5 homicides per 100,000 people in 2005 to more than 22 in 2010. That has since declined to about 16 per 100,000 in 2014.
  • Are You Over 70? Are You Ready To Die?

    09/30/2015 8:47:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 33 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/30/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    Where did this headline come from, you may ask. All in good time, my little pretty. All in good time. We must start with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, coming out of the United Nations. A few months ago, this column examined the dubious and somewhat contradictory notion of sustainability, shortened from the original 1987 version sustainable development. The best working definition of this term, which is then invoked countless times in hundreds of documents, is Sustainability calls for a decent standard of living for everyone today without compromising the needs of future generations. Good luck finding any further clarification...
  • The End of South Africa

    02/12/2015 5:21:00 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 41 replies
    Things are very bad in South Africa. When the scourge of apartheid was finally smashed to pieces in 1994, the country seemed to have a bright future ahead of it. Eight years later, in 2002, 60 percent of South Africans said life had been better under apartheid. Hard to believe but thats how bad things were in 2002. And now theyre even worse. When apartheid ended, the life expectancy in South Africa was 64 the same as in Turkey and Russia. Now its 56, the same as in Somalia. There are 132.4 rapes per 100,000 people per year,...
  • A poem for Ezekiel Emanuel, from Rudyard Kipling

    09/21/2014 11:49:54 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | September 20, 2014 | Eugene Volokh
    Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and former Special Advisor for Health Policy to Peter Orszag, has an Atlantic article titled, Why I Hope to Die at 75, and subtitled, An argument that society and families and you will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly. Theres much I strongly disagree with there I want those I love to live far beyond 75, and I would like to do the same myself and in particular this passage (quoted by Glenn Reynolds (InstaPundit)) strikes me as reflecting rather...
  • Life Expectancy at Birth by Race and Sex, 1930-2010

    08/14/2014 2:17:14 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 26 replies
    Infoplease ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    All races White Black Year Both sexes Male Female Both sexes Male Female Both sexes Male Female 2010 78.7 76.2 81.1 79.0 76.5 81.3 75.1 71.8 78.0 2007 77.9 75.4 80.4 78.4 75.9 80.8 73.6 70.0 76.8 2006 77.7 75.1 80.2 78.2 75.7 80.6 73.2 69.7 76.5 2005 77.8 75.2 80.4 78.3 75.7 80.8 73.2 69.5 76.5 20041 77.8 75.2 80.4 78.3 75.7 80.8 73.1 69.8 76.3 2003 77.5 74.8 80.1 78.0 75.3 80.5 72.7 69.0 76.1 2002 77.3 74.5 79.9 77.7 75.1 80.3 72.3 68.8 75.6 2001 77.2 74.4 79.8 77.7 75.0 80.2 72.2 68.6 75.5 2000 77.0 74.3...
  • A Map of State Life Expectancies (And What Country They're Closest To)

    02/04/2014 9:20:49 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 48 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 4 Feb, 2014 | Gizmodo
    Americans are living longer, healthier lives79.8 years on averageranking 35th in the world in terms of life expectancy from birth. But where you live in the United States has a drastic impact on how far over or under the average your personal timeline will be. This illuminating map by the non-profit Measure of America shows how long you've likely got, and what country it's most similar to. Hawaiians top the longevity list with an average age of 81.3 yearsequal to Barbados but still lagging far behind Japan's average of 84 yearswhile Mississippi is dead last with a paltry average age...
  • Study: Racism May Accelerate Aging In African-American Men

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. (CBSDC) Accelerated aging and a greater likelihood of suffering from an age-related illness at a younger age are two consequences being linked to African-American men who have experienced high-levels of racism throughout their lives. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that African-American men who reported high levels of racial discrimination, or who have internalized anti-black attitudes, have an increased risk of premature death and chronic disease than white people. Previous research has documented African-Americans shorter life expectancy and greater risk of chronic diseases, but this new study is the first to...
  • Ten Countries Where People Live Longest

    12/02/2013 8:51:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 12/02/2013 | By Alexander E.M. Hess, Thomas C. Frohlich and Michael B. Sauter
    Life expectancy in the U.S. has risen in the past few decades. While in 1970 life expectancy at birth was 70.9 years, it rose to 78.7 year by 2011. However, most of the developed world is improving faster than this country. And despite the fact that the U.S. spends vastly more per capita on health care than any other country, Americans’ life expectancy is only 26th highest. Earlier this month, the Organizations for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released a report highlighting the latest life expectancy figures for its 34 member nations as well as several other developed nations. According...
  • Need Freeper Analysis of Longevity Rates in Developed Nations

    11/24/2013 7:05:36 AM PST · by LS · 28 replies
    self | 11/24/2013 | LS
    Yesterday I heard a quack health foods doc on the radio repeat something we hear a great deal, only he claimed to have a source for it, namely that the U.S. is down the list in life expectancy among developed nations. Supposedly this was a study from the Journal of the American Medical Association. I have some ideas as to why this may be (if indeed true) but I'd like some Freepers involved in medicine/insurance or other health-related fields to weigh in. What would account for the US having shorter life spans than, say, places such as Denmark or France?
  • Life span for uneducated white women now lower than that of uneducated black women

    09/09/2013 4:38:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    While most Americans can look forward to living longer than ever, thats not the case for white women who didnt graduate from high school. Their life expectancy has actually dropped by five years from 78 years in 1990 to 73 in 2008. More heartening is the finding that black women without a high school diploma saw their life expectancy increase by a year from 73 to 74. In fact, they can now expect to live a year longer than their white counterparts. The findings are from a study led by S. Jay Olshansky, a longevity researcher at the University...
  • Your Zip Code Could Indicate When You Will Die

    07/12/2013 7:38:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/12/2013 | MEGAN WILLETT
    <p>Where you live in the U.S. could affect your lifespan, according to a new report from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington that was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.</p>
  • Life Expectancy in Some U.S. Counties Is No Better Than in the Third World

    07/11/2013 3:12:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Journal ^ | 07/11/2013 | Brian Resnick
    There's little good news in a report on American life expectancy from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. We'll begin with the silver lining: Between 1985 and 2010, life expectancy in the U.S. climbed from 78 to 80.9 years for females and from 71 to 76.3 for men.But this is no cause for celebration.Dig into the numbers of the report and two troubling trends become apparent. One: Compared with the rest of the industrialized world (OECD countries), America is falling behind. "These improvements are much less than what countries of similar income per capita...
  • This Map Of US Female Mortality Will Break Your Heart

    04/05/2013 9:20:41 PM PDT · by blam · 94 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-5-2013 | Grace Wyler
    This Map Of US Female Mortality Will Break Your Heart Grace WylerApr. 5, 2013, 6:31 PM In a speech at the Women In The World summit Friday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton mentioned a startling fact: Women in the U.S. are living shorter lives than women in almost every other industrialized country. And worse yet, female mortality rates are actually rising in many parts of the country. "Think about it for a minute. We are the richest and most powerful country in the world," Clinton said. "Yet many American women today are living shorter lives than their mothers, especially...
  • Life expectancy up 29% under Obama

    10/05/2012 6:43:15 AM PDT · by pabianice · 41 replies
    MSNBC | 10/5/12
    In a startling development, the Federal Health and Human Services Department announced this morning that the average life expectancy of Americans has jumped to 98, a 29% increase since 1983. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in an unscheduled news conference this morning, addressed a crowd of reporters and health professionals. "We are proud to announce that as a result of President Obama's and First Lady Michelle's efforts over the past four years, the average life expectancy has risen 29%, to the age of 98. Programs to ban large soft drinks, force school children to eat arugala, close-down Chick-fil-A restaurants, and add...
  • What's killing America? U.S. ranks 28th in life expectancy...

    11/24/2011 8:45:20 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 89 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 24, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A new survey on health care is revealing that you may not be getting what you pay for if you check into a U.S. hospital. The U.S. healthcare system is more effective at delivering high costs than quality care than other developed nations, according to the study, conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD. It found first-rate treatment for cancer but insufficient primary care for other ailments. The study said Americans pay more than $7,900 per person for healthcare each year - far more than any other OECD country - but still die earlier than their...
  • U.S. Life Expectancy Rose to Record High in 2009. Infant mortality rate also hits record low.

    03/18/2011 7:23:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Carpe Diem ^ | 03/16/2011 | Mark J. Perry
    ATLANTA (AP) -- "U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high, rising to 78.2 years (see chart above). The estimate of 78 years and 2 months is for a baby born in 2009, and comes from a preliminary report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 2.4 million people died in the United States in 2009 - roughly 36,000 fewer deaths than the year before. Deaths were down for a range of causes, from heart disease to homicide, so experts don't believe there's one simple explanation for the increase in life expectancy. Better medical treatment,...
  • U.S. Lags in Life Expectancy Gains

    01/25/2011 1:22:37 PM PST · by lbryce · 29 replies
    Science ^ | January 25, 2011 | Nathan Seppa
    Despite getting high marks for treating cancer and heart disease, the United States is failing the ultimate test of its health care system, a new study finds, trailing other developed countries in life expectancy gains. Although life expectancy has edged upward for U.S. men and women in recent decades, several other developed countries have surged ahead in both overall life expectancy and in the expected years of life for people who have reached age 50, according to the 194-page report prepared by a panel of the National Research Council of the National Academies. When comparing health data from the United...
  • Low Life Expectancy in the United States (NOT because of the health care system)

    12/09/2009 4:53:53 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies · 881+ views
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States ranked 29th in the world in 2006 in life expectancy at age 50. That places it more than three years behind the world's leader, Japan, and more than one and a half years behind Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Iceland, Spain, and Switzerland. About 4 million Americans reach the age of 50 each year, so an average loss of one and a half years per person means an aggregate loss of some 6 million years of potential life, valued at anywhere from $600 billion to $1.3 trillion annually. In 2007, the...
  • Violence, Traffic Accidents and U.S. Life Expectancy

    10/04/2009 3:05:17 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 20 replies · 938+ views
    WSJ ^ | August 25th | Matthew Dalton
    If you ignore relatively high U.S. rates of violence, traffic accidents and the like, does the U.S. have the world’s highest life expectancy? Betsy McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of New York and outspoken opponent of Democratic health-care reform schemes, made that argument last week on the Daily Show.
  • ObamaCare Versus the Old ClintonCare: A Major Step Backwards(Plus: Mortality-Behind the Baby Count)

    09/01/2009 8:08:43 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 6 replies · 587+ views ^ | August 31, 2:34 PM | DC Health Care Examiner Howard Smith
    On September 22, 1993, President Clinton, in an impassioned address to a joint session of Congress, unveiled his Health Security Act to the American people. He laid out six principles: security, simplicity, savings, choice, quality and responsibility, and explained in unambiguous language how each of these principles were embodied in the Health Security Act. Clinton, despite his failings, which were only human failings, had something that Obama didnt have although he thought he did and many in the media gave him credit for having. Clinton truly had a transformational vision for health care and that vision was masterfully expressed in...
  • Human Lifespans Nearly Constant for 2,000 Years

    08/22/2009 1:40:22 PM PDT · by decimon · 43 replies · 2,605+ views
    Live Science ^ | Aug 21, 2009 | Benjamin Radford
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, often the harbinger of bad news about e. coli outbreaks and swine flu, recently had some good news: The life expectancy of Americans is higher than ever, at almost 78. Discussions about life expectancy often involve how it has improved over time. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, life expectancy for men in 1907 was 45.6 years; by 1957 it rose to 66.4; in 2007 it reached 75.5. Unlike the most recent increase in life expectancy (which was attributable largely to a decline in half of the leading causes of death...

    08/15/2009 3:17:12 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 1,151+ views
    NY Post ^ | August 15, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    IF I went to a Democratic town hall, I'd probably boo, too. Hence, accord ing to various Democrats and supporters of ObamaCare, I'm paranoid and just a bit unpatriotic. Well, let me dilate on my paranoid treachery for a moment. Under the plan discussed at President Obama's infomercial-esqe town halls, America would cut costs and expand coverage while avoiding rationing. Apparently, it's paranoid to think that's too good to be true. Imagine you're in charge of bringing pie to a company picnic. You're planning to provide dessert for 100 people. Then, your boss says you need to hand out pie...
  • Top 10 Countries With the Highest Life Expectancy

    06/01/2009 8:26:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies · 3,800+ views
    How Stuff Works ^ | June 1, 2009 | Editors of Publications International, Ltd.
    Want to live to a ripe old age? By far the most important factor in life expectancy is wealth; richer people tend to eat healthfully and smoke and drink less. They also have access to the best health care. Affluent countries also tend to have low rates of violent crime and civil unrest. The following countries have the highest average life expectancies in the world. In case you're wondering, the United States, with an average life expectancy of 77.85, ranks 48th. Get started now and see the list of countries with the highest life expectancy. 1. Andorra: 83.51 Years Located...
  • The Evil of Statistics

    03/07/2009 11:29:20 AM PST · by pharmamom · 3 replies · 380+ views
    WhenWeAreQueen ^ | March 7, 2009 | Queen1
    Lies, damned lies and statistics. One of the more deceitful arguments for socialized medicine hinges on the assertion that Americans dont live as long as citizens in other industrialized countries because we dont provide health care for everyone. The press is complicit in this prevarication by running stories like this one from the AP: "WASHINGTONAmericans are living longer than ever, but not as long as people in 41 other countries. For decades, the United States has been slipping in international rankings of life expectancy, as other countries improve health care, nutrition and lifestyles. Countries that surpass the U.S. include Japan...
  • Accidents, Murders, Preemies, Fat, and U.S. Life Expectancy - American health care to the rescue?

    06/18/2008 10:47:51 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 151+ views
    Reason ^ | June 17, 2008 | Ronald Bailey
    Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics announced that the average life expectancy for Americans has risen to an all-time high of 78 years. In addition, record high life expectancy was recorded for both white males and black males (76 years and 70 years, respectively) as well as for white females and black females (81 years and 76.9 years). This is obviously good news. But a question nags—why are people in other countries living longer on average than Americans? After all, we are the country that spends the most money per capita on health care. For example, according to...
  • Gap in Life Expectancy Widens for the Nation

    03/22/2008 4:56:44 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies · 1,010+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 23, 2008 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON New government research has found large and growing disparities in life expectancy for richer and poorer Americans, paralleling the growth of income inequality in the last two decades. Life expectancy for the nation as a whole has increased, the researchers said, but affluent people have experienced greater gains, and this, in turn, has caused a widening gap. One of the researchers, Gopal K. Singh, a demographer at the Department of Health and Human Services, said the growing inequalities in life expectancy mirrored trends in infant mortality and in death from heart disease and certain cancers. The gaps have...
  • Photo finish between Iceland and Norway to top human development ranking

    11/28/2007 1:25:35 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 24 replies · 1,282+ views ^ | 11/27/2007 | United Nations Development Programme
    The 2007 Human Development Report says Iceland now leads annual United Nations Index. Iceland has narrowly passed Norway to take the top spot on the Human Development Index (HDI), according to the 2007/2008 Human Development Report (HDR) released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today. Norway had held the number one ranking for the previous six years. This change in ranking is a result of new estimates of life expectancy and updated GDP per capita figures, stress the Report authors. Introduced with the first HDR in 1990, the HDI assesses the state of human development through life expectancy, adult...
  • US Slipping in Life Expectancy Rankings

    08/12/2007 9:46:48 AM PDT · by Dan Evans · 29 replies · 765+ views
    myway ^ | Aug 12, 2007 | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans are living longer than ever, but not as long as people in 41 other countries. For decades, the United States has been slipping in international rankings of life expectancy, as other countries improve health care, nutrition and lifestyles. Countries that surpass the U.S. include Japan and most of Europe, as well as Jordan, Guam and the Cayman Islands. "Something's wrong here when one of the richest countries in the world, the one that spends the most on health care, is not able to keep up with other countries," said Dr. Christopher Murray, head of the Institute...
  • THE YEAR 1907

    05/13/2007 3:07:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 5,036+ views
    Share this with All your Friends... And SHOW this to your children and grandchildren !!!! THE YEAR 1907 This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year is 1907. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U.S. Statistics for the Year 1907: ************************************ The average life expectancy in the U.S. Was 47 years old. Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. Had a bathtub . Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City Cost eleven dollars. There...
  • Cuba's Long Lie Expectancy

    04/30/2007 7:24:02 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 6 replies · 989+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 30 April 2007 | Staff
    Media: Communist regimes are known to falsify and distort statistics, but they rarely get away with it unless Western media play along. They scored a big hit recently with data about Cuba's storied life expectancy. In a widely distributed news story, the Associated Press last week explained why Cubans were living such long, healthy lives under their 47-year totalitarian dictatorship. Taking the word of Cuban officials, it credited the island's "mild climate," "free medical care" and "low-stress Caribbean lifestyle." Right on cue, CBS gave "thanks to the socialist island state's free health-care system" that's there so "fortunately." But media claims...
  • Black-White Life Expectancy Gap Narrows, But Remains Substantial

    03/17/2007 4:24:08 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 347+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-17-2007 | JAMA
    Source: JAMA and Archives Journals Date: March 17, 2007 Black-white Life Expectancy Gap Narrows, But Remains Substantial Science Daily Reductions in the death rate from homicide, HIV disease, unintentional injuries - and among women, heart disease - have contributed to narrowing the life expectancy gap between blacks and whites in the United States, although substantial inequalities and challenges remain, according to a study in the March 21 issue of JAMA. Life expectancy at birth has generally been increasing in the United States since at least the late 19th century. For as long as data have been reported by race/ethnicity,...
  • California man lives to ripe age of 112, despite sausage-and-waffles diet

    09/01/2006 5:25:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies · 958+ views
    CBC.CA ^ | Sep 1, 2006 | Canaduan Oress staff
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - George Johnson, considered California's oldest living person at 112 and the state's last surviving First World War veteran, had experts shaking their heads over his junk food diet. "He had terrible, bad habits. He had a diet largely of sausages and waffles," Dr. Stephen Coles, founder of the Gerontology Research Group at the University of California, Los Angeles, said Friday. The 5-foot-7, 140-pound Johnson died of pneumonia Wednesday at his Richmond home in Northern California. "A lot of people think or imagine that your good habits and bad habits contribute to your longevity," Coles said. "But...
  • Americans' longevity hits new high

    04/21/2006 8:58:21 AM PDT · by SierraWasp · 30 replies · 536+ views (by Dow Jones) ^ | today | Kristen Gerencher
    Americans' longevity hits new highCDC: Life expectancy rose to 77.9 years in 2004, deaths dropped By Kristen Gerencher, MarketWatch Last Update: 11:43 AM ET Apr 21, 2006 SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Shore up those retirement-account contributions. Americans are living longer than ever before, according to preliminary data the government released this week. The total number of deaths declined by almost 50,000, or 2.4%, from 2003 to 2004, the largest one-year drop in several decades, according to a preliminary report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. The last time the number of deaths fell...
  • In Midst of Media Warnings, Life Expectancy Increases

    04/20/2006 2:10:52 PM PDT · by freemarket_kenshepherd · 3 replies · 241+ views ^ | April 20, 2006 | Ken Shepherd
    The media now interrupt their regularly scheduled fear-mongering to report good news: life expectancy is up. The Free Market Project has documented the medias scare campaigns on everything from bird flu to obesity, global warming, and even Heelys, a brand of roller skate-sneakers for kids. But sometimes even a blind squirrel finds a nut. All three broadcast networks found time in the April 19 evening newscasts to nibble on the new numbers released by the federal government. We have news here tonight about life and death in America, and it is all good news, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams...
  • Fewer people kick the bucket

    04/20/2006 12:25:44 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 1 replies · 219+ views
    Daily Herald, AP ^ | Mike Stobbe
    ATLANTA -- In what appears to be an amazing success for American medicine, preliminary government figures released Wednesday showed that the annual number of deaths in the U.S. dropped by nearly 50,000 in 2004 -- the biggest decline in nearly 70 years. The 2 percent decrease, reported by the National Center for Health Statistics, came as a shock to many, because the U.S. is aging, growing in population and getting fatter. In fact, some experts said they suspect the numbers may not hold up when a final report is released later this year. Nevertheless, center officials said the statistics, based...

    04/13/2006 12:15:48 PM PDT · by Rick_Michael · 37 replies · 870+ views
    The life expectancy of men and women in several African countries has fallen below 40, due to poverty and disease. The 10 countries in the world with the lowest life expectancies all are African, according to UN study reported on by the BBC. Zimbabwe has the worlds lowest life expectancy, with women expected to live until 34 and men until 37. The life expectancy for women dropped by two years in the last year. The UN report found that Swaziland and Sierra Leone have life expectancy rates below 40 as well. Low life expectancy rates in Africa are attributed to...
  • Stanford Prof Predicts Life Expectancy Of 100 Years By 2030

    03/06/2006 11:13:33 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 457+ views
    NBC11 ^ | March 6, 2006
    STANFORD, Calif. -- A Stanford University professor says the average life expectancy for people living in most industrial nations could reach 100 years old within the next 25 years. The biology and demographics professor says advances in anti-aging technology and treatments for diseases such as cancer could push the average life expectancy from just under 80 years old to 100 years old by 2030. Shripad Tuljapurkar presented his latest work on life expectancy last month at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Saint Louis.
  • Retirement age 'will rise to 85'

    02/18/2006 7:25:29 AM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 120 replies · 2,731+ views
    BBC News ^ | Last Updated: Friday, 17 February 2006, 23:57 GMT | Paul Rincon, BBC News science reporter, St Louis
    The age of retirement should be raised to 85 by 2050 because of trends in life expectancy, a US biologist has said. Shripad Tuljapurkar of Stanford University says anti-ageing advances could raise life expectancy by a year each year over the next two decades. A longer life could mean a longer working life That will put a strain on economies around the world if current retirement ages are maintained, he warned. He also told a science meeting in St Louis that 50-year or 75-year mortgages may not be unusual in the future. Dr Tuljapurkar was speaking at the American...
  • Men catching up to women in life expectancy: study

    12/20/2005 4:37:32 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 4 replies · 478+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 12-20-05 | Ed Leefeldt
    As the first of the 75 million baby boomers touch 60 in January, there's good news for the men: They are catching up to women in life expectancy. A new "Longevity Index" by Credit Suisse First Boston shows that while women still live four years longer on average, men are gaining twice as fast in the age race. Medical experts say women are working harder, smoking more and undergoing more stress, which leads to the No. 1 killer -- heart disease. "We are getting equality in ways we may not want," said Dr. Sharon Brangman, a board member of the...
  • U.S. Life Expectancy Hits All-Time High

    12/09/2005 7:35:39 AM PST · by Mark Felton · 8 replies · 341+ views
    AP ^ | 12/09/2005 | AP
    ATLANTA - After a century of nearly uninterrupted medical improvements and longer lives, it looks like the baby boomers could screw things up. A new government study shows deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke continue to drop, but it also shows that half of Americans ages 55 to 64 _ including the oldest of the baby boomers _ have high blood pressure, and two in five are obese. This means that this large group of aging Americans is in worse shape in some respects than those born a decade earlier were when they were the same age. Medical improvements...
  • U.S. Life Expectancy Hits All-Time High

    12/08/2005 12:23:48 PM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies · 659+ views
    Drudge ^ | 08 Dec 05
    By MIKE STOBBE Associated Press Writer Dec 08 1:57 PM US/Eastern ATLANTA - U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high _ 77.6 years _ and deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke continue to drop, the government reported Thursday. Still, the march of medical progress has taken a worrisome turn: Half of Americans in the 55-to-64 age group _ including the oldest of the baby boomers _ have high blood pressure, and two in five are obese. That means they are in worse shape in some respects than Americans born a decade earlier were when they were that age.
  • Life expectancy at birth (years) (HDI

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  • WSJ: How Long Do We Really Want to Live?

    06/22/2005 5:41:42 AM PDT · by OESY · 30 replies · 978+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 22, 2005 | MILES D. WHITE
    ...In short, what do we want from our health-care system? As Americans, we expect it all. We expect: (1) The highest standard of care; (2) continued innovation, and (3) broader access to new technologies at a lower cost. It's possible to achieve two of these three goals. Which, then, can we do without? Will we accept less than optimal care? Will we accept a significant slowdown in medical progress? Will we say, implicitly or explicitly, "80 is long enough for a person to live?".... Some critics contend that the largely private system in the U.S. is more costly and less...
  • N.Korea's Life Expectancy 'Getting Shorter'

    05/02/2005 1:51:22 AM PDT · by Jay Howard Smith · 15 replies · 543+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | May 1, 2005
    North Korea has said the countrys average life expectancy declined by 5.5 years between 1993 and 2002, from 72.7 years to 67.2 years, apparently due to food and medicine shortages. According to a population report Pyongyang submitted to the UN, life expectancy for men declined from 68.5 years to 63.1, while that for women dropped from 76.1 years to 71. However, North Korean statistics are notoriously unreliable. According to World Health Organization figures, life expectancy in South Korea was 73 years for men and over 80 for women. North Korea also said its natural birth ratio was 96.4 percent. According...
  • Obesity Epidemic Threatens To Cut Life Expectancy

    03/18/2005 1:11:59 AM PST · by ChicagoGuy123 · 28 replies · 511+ views
    HealthTalk ^ | March 17, 2005
    Researchers report that the current obesity epidemic will have a negative impact on life expectancy in the United States. University of Illinois at Chicago researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine that obesity will cut between two to five years off life expectancy in the next 50 years. Currently, the team said obesity reduces life expectancy by up to nine months. U.S. life expectancy is currently 77.6 years and the predicted decline due to obesity represents more than the impact of cancer and heart disease Longevity researcher Dr. Jay Olshansky said today's younger generation will have shorter and...
  • I'm going to live forever

    03/13/2005 4:25:11 PM PST · by saquin · 145 replies · 3,978+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 3/14/05 | Bryan Appleyard
    Some scientists predict that today's children will be able to live for more than 1,000 years. Is immortality just around the corner? Bryan Appleyard peers into a hair-raising future without death Somewhere in the world today lives a child who will change everything. Imagine this child is called Sally. Today is her 11th birthday. She lives in Esher in Surrey. Her parents are happy and wealthy. All her grandparents are old, alive and well. Ive given her this background for specific reasons. Sally is a girl because women live about five years longer than men. She is 11 because, at...
  • Senator Obama Slams President Bush for Linking Accounts To Blacks Life Span

    03/11/2005 10:56:39 AM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 78 replies · 1,549+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 3.11.05 | Jeff Zeleny
    US Senator Barack Obama on Thursday called President George W. Bush's suggestion that African-Americans could reap greater rewards from overhauling Social Security a 'stunning' arguement that ignored the true health issues facing blacks in the country.As the president launched his two day tour through the South to build support for his controversial plan to revamp Social Security, Democrats challenged a White House assertion that blacks could gain from Bush's proposed private retirement accounts because they have fewer years to collect benefits considering that they die younger. 'It is puzzling to me that we are even having this debate about whether...