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  • Study finds association between eating HOT PEPPERS and DECREASED MORTALITY

    01/16/2017 2:33:16 PM PST · by Tilted Irish Kilt · 91 replies ^ | 1/13/17 | N/A
    Like spicy food? If so, you might live longer, say researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, who found that consumption of hot red chili peppers is associated with a 13 percent reduction in total mortality - primarily in deaths due to heart disease or stroke—in a large prospective study. Going back for centuries, peppers and spices have been thought to be beneficial in the treatment of diseases, but only one other study—conducted in China and published in 2015 - has previously examined chili pepper consumption and its association with mortality. This new study corroborates...
  • Drudge Headline: U.S. life expectancy in decline for first time in decades Heart disease [tr]

    12/08/2016 3:52:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    Drudge ^ | December 8, 2016 | Drudge
    U.S. life expectancy in decline for first time in decades... Heart disease, accidents and overdoses all rise...
  • Chemotherapy warning as hundreds die from cancer-fighting drugs (chemo may kill up to 50% patients

    09/07/2016 3:33:50 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 158 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 08/30/2016 | Sarah Knapton
    Chemotherapy warning as hundreds die from cancer-fighting drugs (cancer drugs may kill up to 50 % patients) Sarah Knapton, Science Editor 30 August 2016 Patients should be warned about the dangers of chemotherapy after research showed that cancer drugs are killing up to 50 per cent of patients in some hospitals. For the first time researchers looked at the numbers of cancer patients who died within 30 days of starting chemotherapy, which indicates that the medication is the cause of death, rather than the cancer. In Milton Keynes the death rate for lung cancer treatment was 50.9 per cent,...
  • [Vanity] CDC 2013 Mortality Data re Guns and Accidental Deaths

    12/04/2015 8:05:29 AM PST · by mbarker12474 · 6 replies
    CDC Center for Disease Control 2013 Death Mortality data tables ^ | 4 December 2015 | self vanity from CDC data
    [Vanity] Hi folks, here is some data pulled from CDC data tables. Number of Deaths Rate per100,000 population Cause of Death 130,557 41.3 Accidents (unintentional injuries) 37,938 12 ~~ Transport accidents 35,369 11.2 ~~ ~~ Motor vehicle accidents 1,000 0.3 ~~ ~~ Other land transport accidents 1,569 0.5 ~~ ~~ Water, air and space, and other and unspecified transport accidents and their sequelae 92,619 29.3 ~~ Nontransport accidents 30,208 9.6 ~~ ~~ Falls 505 0.2 ~~ Accidental discharge of firearms 3,391 1.1 ~~ Accidental drowning and submersion 2,760 0.9 ~~ Accidental exposure to smoke, fire and flames 38,851 12.3 ~~...
  • 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...
  • Sex-Selection Infanticide Dates Back to the Greeks: Girl Babies Were Killed, Thrown Into Sewers

    12/23/2014 8:20:55 AM PST · by wagglebee · 18 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/23/14 | Murray Vasser
    (LiveActionNews) — A common narrative in our society is that, by opposing abortion and infanticide, Christians are conducting a “war on women.” However, in a fascinating study entitled “The Rise of Christianity,” published by Princeton University Press, sociologist Rodney Stark argues that the phenomenal growth of “the obscure, marginal Jesus movement” was due in large part to women. Stark argues that early Christianity was “especially attractive to women” because “within the Christian subculture women enjoyed far higher status than did women in the Greco-Roman world at large.”Furthermore, Stark argues that the Christian opposition to abortion and infanticide was one of...
  • Feds give emergency approval to new Ebola testing kit for Americans

    12/25/2014 7:02:13 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 24, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    <p>The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency approval for a new diagnostic kit to test blood for the deadly Ebola virus, even as doctors are reporting a survival rate in one hard-hit area that has climbed to about 70 percent.</p>
  • Are Democratic Presidents Better for Babies?

    02/18/2014 2:03:47 PM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 31 replies ^ | February 17, 2014 | Rachael Rettner
    Having a Democratic president in the United States is linked with a reduction in infant mortality rates, according to a controversial new study. Researchers analyzed U.S. infant mortality rates from 1965 to 2010, a period that spans nine presidencies (four Democratic and five Republican). They found that infant mortality declined significantly during that time, dropping 75 percent over the nearly 50-year period. But when the researchers used statistical methods to focus on short-term changes during this time period, they found that infant mortality rates were about 3 percent higher during years in which a Republican was president, compared with the...
  • China's coal burning cutting lives short by years

    07/09/2013 2:11:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Nature News ^ | 08 July 2013 | Richard A. Lovett
    Historical study links higher levels of pollution to higher mortality. High levels of particulates from coal burning in China’s highly polluted north may have cut more than five years from life expectancy for the 500 million people who lived there in the 1990s, scientists report today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1. The study can help to forecast the health effects of pollution in present-day China — where air quality has only gotten worse — as well as in other countries. Chinese air pollution made global headlines during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and again this winter, when particulate...
  • Anthony Weiner now top mayoral choice among male Democratic voters: poll (NYC males love Weiner)

    05/29/2013 6:52:22 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 5/28/13 | JONATHAN LEMIRE
    Men may be ready to forgive Anthony Weiner. Although women continue to have their doubts about the scandal-scarred pol, a new poll released Tuesday found that Democratic men named Weiner as their top choice for mayor more than they did any other candidate. And men are leading the way for Weiner as he gains altitude among all Democratic voters, dramatically cutting into front-runner Christine Quinn’s lead and underscoring the dramatic impact the ex-congressman has had on the race in mere days. “Weiner is clearly a factor to be considered in the mayoralty,” said Lee Miringoff, who directs the Marist College...
  • The big fat truth - More and more studies show that being overweight does not always shorten life...

    05/22/2013 6:11:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    Nature News ^ | 22 May 2013 | Virginia Hughes
    More and more studies show that being overweight does not always shorten life — but some public-health researchers would rather not talk about them. Late in the morning on 20 February, more than 200 people packed an auditorium at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. The purpose of the event, according to its organizers, was to explain why a new study about weight and death was absolutely wrong. The report, a meta-analysis of 97 studies including 2.88 million people, had been released on 2 January in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)1. A team led...
  • 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...
  • Simple sitting test may determine your mortality (bad at source)

    12/13/2012 4:01:00 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 39 replies ^ | 12/13/2012
    A simple sitting and standing test can determine your mortality, according to a study published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention. The test screens for musculo-skeletel fitness and is an assessment of your ability to sit and then rise – unaided – from the floor. The study was performed in Brazil by Dr. Claudio Gil Araujo and his team at the Clinimex-Exercise Medicine Clinic in Rio de Janeiro. Araujo and his colleagues looked at more than 2,000 middle-aged men and women in 2002. He followed up with them approximately six years later, or until their date of death. RELATED:...
  • Cancer overtakes heart disease among US Hispanics

    09/25/2012 2:32:40 AM PDT · by neverdem
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | September 17, 2012 | Associated Press
    Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the No. 1 killer among Hispanics in the U.S., and the rest of the country may be only a few years behind. The change is not exactly cause for alarm. Death rates for both cancer and heart disease have been dropping for Hispanics and everyone else. It's just that heart disease deaths have fallen faster, largely because of improved treatment and prevention, including the development of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Overall, cancer will probably replace heart disease as the nation's top cause of death in the next 10 years, said Rebecca Siegel of the American Cancer...
  • Today's teens will die younger of heart disease

    11/16/2011 3:06:05 PM PST · by decimon · 22 replies
    Northwestern University ^ | November 16, 2011
    High blood sugar, obesity, poor diet, smoking, little exercise make adolescents unhealthiest in US historyCHICAGO --- A new study that takes a complete snapshot of adolescent cardiovascular health in the United States reveals a dismal picture of teens who are likely to die of heart disease at a younger age than adults do today, reports Northwestern Medicine research. "We are all born with ideal cardiovascular health, but right now we are looking at the loss of that health in youth," said Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., chair and associate professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a...
  • Certain dietary supplements associated with increased risk of death in older women

    10/10/2011 3:03:13 PM PDT · by decimon · 53 replies
    JAMA and Archives Journals ^ | October 10, 2011 | Unknown
    CHICAGO – Consuming dietary supplements, including multivitamins, folic acid, iron and copper, among others, appears to be associated with an increased risk of death in older women, according to a report in the October 10 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals... The use of dietary supplements in the United States has increased considerably over the last decade, according to background information in the article. "At the population level, dietary supplements contributed substantially to the total intake of several nutrients, particularly in elderly individuals," the authors write. Jaakko Mursu, Ph.D., of the University of Eastern Finland,...
  • Angler lands his 'fish of dreams,' has heart attack, dies

    09/01/2011 3:02:10 PM PDT · by girlangler · 39 replies ^ | September 1, 2011 | Justin Burnett
    Friends say Dan Dodds of Coupeville, WA, fought the big king salmon nearly 20 minutes, running up and down the beach at Keystone Spit and wading waist-deep into the water before finally landing the 28-pounder he called "the fish of my dreams." Minutes later, Dodds, 62, suffered an apparent heart attack and fell face down in the water. Efforts by fellow anglers to perform CPR failed, and he was pronounced dead at Whidbey General Hospital. "If I have to go, I’d like to go in that manner," said angler and friend Joe Biller. Whidbey News Times.
  • Study Shows that Black Men Are Safer Locked up than Walking Free

    07/15/2011 8:40:28 AM PDT · by OneVike · 34 replies
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 07/15/11 | Chuck Wolk
    The July issue of the Annals of Epidemiology reports the results of a study about the mortality rate of men incarcerated in prison. From 1995 to 2005 an in-depth study was done of both black and white men, between the ages of 20 and 79, who were incarcerated in North Carolina prisons. The statistics were then compared with an identical study done of black and white men who were not incarcerated in the state during the same 10-year period. The results showed that black men who were incarcerated had a 30-to-40% chance of surviving longer than their black counterparts...
  • What Happens When You Die?

    06/25/2011 7:52:46 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 63 replies
    Logos Apologia ^ | June 22, 2011 | Cris D. Putnam
    What happens when you die? The Bible uses the word death in different senses. Jesus said: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28). Also in Revelation 20:6, John speaks of a “second death,” apparently distinguishing it from the first death or the usual understanding of death. It is important to note that the only way to escape the second death and Hell is through the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn 11:26). Make sure to be in on that one! Now...
  • The Key to a Long Life: Conscientious Habits

    04/09/2011 6:26:54 PM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | April 8, 2011 | Philip Moeller
    Long before the age of gene therapy and miracle medical treatments, the secrets of long life were being gathered and revealed in a unique study of 1,500 children born about 1910. By studying these people throughout their lives, successive generations of researchers collected nearly 10 million pieces of observable data and have been able to produce solid insights into human longevity. "Most people who live to an old age do so not because they have beaten cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease; rather, the long-lived have mostly avoided serious ailments altogether," according to Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R....
  • Longevity study confirms 'Latino Paradox': poor in wealth, rich in health

    10/25/2010 10:54:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 10/14/2010 | Lisa M. Krieger
    The first-ever national study of Latino life expectancy reveals that Latinos in the United States live 2.5 years longer than their white counterparts -- a poor-in-wealth, rich-in-health paradox that mystifies doctors. A Latino baby in the U.S. will live to the average age of 80.6 years, compared with 78.1 years for a white baby, according to the new U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, released Wednesday. "This is surprising because of low social status," said Elizabeth Arias, of the CDC. Based on rates of poverty, education and access to care -- factors long known to be linked to...
  • Cuba vs. the United States on Infant Mortality

    10/24/2010 6:01:20 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 13 replies
    Overpopulation.Com ^ | February 19, 2002
    The primary reason Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate than the United States is that the United States is a world leader in an odd category — the percentage of infants who die on their birthday. Why? Because the United States also easily has the most intensive system of emergency intervention to keep low birth weight and premature infants alive in the world. The United States is, for example, one of only a handful countries that keeps detailed statistics on early fetal mortality — the survival rate of infants who are born as early as the 20th week of...
  • Obama heckled on AIDS, gay rights at fundraiser

    09/22/2010 5:11:10 PM PDT · by John W · 52 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 22, 2010 | Mark S. Smith
    NEW YORK — President Barack Obama got heckled at a fundraiser Wednesday night by protesters pushing for more funding for AIDS programs and quicker action to allow gays to serve openly in the military. Activists yelled slogans and held signs aloft reading "Obama broken promises KILL." Supporters of the president tried to drown them out with shouts of "O-bam-a! O-bam-a!" The hecklers were so raucous Obama went off-script several times to address them, insisting he's increased AIDS funding and is working to overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
  • Myth Diagnosis - Everyone knows that people without health insurance are more likely to...

    02/19/2010 10:10:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 575+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | March 2010 | Megan McArdle
    Everyone knows that people without health insurance are more likely to die. But are they?Outside of the few states where it is illegal to deny coverage based on medical history, I am probably uninsurable. Though I’m in pretty good health, I have several latent conditions, including an autoimmune disease. If I lost the generous insurance that I have through The Atlantic, even the most charitable insurer might hesitate to take me on. So I took a keen interest when, at the fervid climax of the health-care debate in mid-December, a Washington Post blogger, Ezra Klein, declared that Senator Joseph Lieberman,...
  • NATURAL IMMORTALITY: A Christian Doctrine?

    02/06/2010 9:48:03 AM PST · by Ken4TA · 10 replies · 381+ views ^ | 1992 | Steve Jones
    Immortality! It has been “brought to light” by Jesus Christ and his gospel (2 Tim. 1:10). Eternal life — an immortal existence — is offered freely to the lowest of sinners who reach out and take hold of the Savior by faith. Christ himself said, “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day”(John 6:40). This must be underscored in the Church today; it is a point at which multitudes stumble. The eternal life given by our Lord is...
  • Study confirms low mortality for swine flu

    12/07/2009 4:14:28 PM PST · by TitleX · 22 replies · 534+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/7/2009 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - One of the most systematic looks yet at the swine flu pandemic confirms that it is at worst only a little more serious than an average flu season and could well be a good deal milder, researchers said on Monday. ... Lipsitch's team calculated a potential range of 7,800 to 29,000 deaths. This compares to seasonal flu, which kills 36,000 people a year and puts 200,000 into the hospital.
  • Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

    12/08/2009 4:43:04 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 18 replies · 371+ views
    WebMD ^ | Dec 7, 2009 | Salynn Boyles
    Researchers Say More Cancers Are Being Detected Early or Prevented Through Screening WebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD Dec. 7, 2009 -- New cancer cases and the cancer death rate continue to fall in the U.S., driven largely by declines in lung, prostate, and colorectal cancers in men and breast and colorectal cancers in women. For all types of cancer, new cases declined by nearly 1% a year between 1999 and 2006. During much of the 1990s cancer incidence rates were stable, after increasing steadily from the mid-1970s. The cancer death rate -- the best predictor of progress...
  • Depression as Deadly as Smoking, Study Finds (Wow How Depressing)

    11/17/2009 11:13:08 PM PST · by bogusname · 18 replies · 582+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Nov. 18, 2009 | ScienceDaily
    A study by researchers at the University of Bergen, Norway, and the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King's College London has found that depression is as much of a risk factor for mortality as smoking. Utilising a unique link between a survey of over 60,000 people and a comprehensive mortality database, the researchers found that over the four years following the survey, the mortality risk was increased to a similar extent in people who were depressed as in people who were smokers...
  • Infant-mortality myths

    09/10/2009 4:22:52 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies · 1,702+ views
    OC Register ^ | March 16th 2005 | Michael Arnold Glueckand Robert J. Cihak
    Statistics, even at their best, don't tell a whole story. A variety of people employ medical statistics dubiously to push pet causes. A perfect example: infant mortality statistics. The officially reported U.S. infant mortality rate has been indisputably high compared with similarly industrialized countries since at least the 1920s. That fact has led to public health officials in the U.S. to conclude the rates are "caused" by poorly distributed health care resources and can be "solved" with a socialized, government-run health care system. However, there's a basic problem with the numbers: Different countries count differently. According to the World Health...
  • Even Fox news falls for the myth of "infant mortality rates"

    09/09/2009 4:25:41 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 17 replies · 1,131+ views
    Fox ^ | August 20th
    From Fox: Though the United States has by far the highest level of health care spending per capita in the world, we have one of the lowest life expectancies among developed nations Everybody else skews their data. It's not a reflection on our system. Here: "Doctors told me it was against the rules to save my premature baby" Instead, doctors told her to treat the labour as a miscarriage, not a birth, and to expect her baby to be born with serious deformities or even to be still-born. The doctor didn't just come up with that out of thin air,...
  • 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 didn’t 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...
  • A pill for longer life? A drug slows the march of time in middle-aged mice.

    07/08/2009 11:37:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 774+ views
    Nature News ^ | 8 July 2009 | Kerri Smith
    Could a pill one day slow ageing in humans?Punchstock Rapamycin, a drug commonly used in humans to prevent transplanted organs from being rejected, has been found to extend the lives of mice by up to 14% — even when given to the mice late in life. In flies and worms, drug treatments have been shown to prolong lifespan, but until now, the only robust way to extend life in mammals has been to heavily restrict diet. The researchers caution, however, that using this drug to extend the lifespan of humans might be problematic because it suppresses the immune system —...
  • I'm (not) Gonna Live Forever

    06/30/2009 5:36:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies · 1,044+ views ^ | June 30, 2009 | Cal Thomas
    "How fevered is the man who cannot look Upon his mortal days with temperate blood, Who vexes all the leaves of his life's book, And robs his fair name of its maidenhood..."; So wrote English poet John Keats in "On Fame." It's worth re-reading as we overindulge in the recent deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. Ed McMahon's death the same week received somewhat less coverage because he was neither beautiful, nor weird, though he qualified as a celebrity. At least McMahon served in two wars as a Marine, which was a real accomplishment. What is it about celebrity...
  • Cancer Death Rate Dropped by Nearly 20% in 15-Year Period

    05/27/2009 5:56:04 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 22 replies · 704+ views ^ | Denise Mann
    WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2009 ( — The death rate due to cancer has declined in the United States in recent years, largely due to better prevention and treatment. In fact, 650,000 lives were spared from cancer between 1990 to 2005, according to new statistics from the American Cancer Society. During the 15-year period, the cancer death rate among men dropped by 19.2%, mainly due to decreases in lung, prostate, and colon cancer deaths. In women, the cancer death rate fell by 11.4%, largely due to a drop in breast and colorectal cancer deaths. “This is good news because cancer death...
  • "Transhumanism"

    05/12/2009 3:35:15 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 278+ views
    Youtube ^ | 51209 | MT
    Watch Video Poem. (Short parody about atheists' "transhumanism" movement.) Doctor came in sad faced Said he had bad news for me "Cancer's spread throughout you It's metastasized, you see?" "Doc, I got it covered I don't need this old body. Know a friend on Venus Who can make a trade with me. I'll have a new body And outlive my grand baby. Don't you call it crazy. Call it transhumanity." Tell me would you want to Live beyond two hundred years? Still feel like you're twenty And escape an old man's fears? You'll stay young and happy And forget all...
  • Study: Lots of red meat increases mortality risk

    03/23/2009 2:51:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 91 replies · 1,852+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/23/09 | Carla K. Johnson - ap
    CHICAGO – The largest study of its kind finds that older Americans who eat large amounts of red meat and processed meats face a greater risk of death from heart disease and cancer. The federal study of more than half a million men and women bolsters prior evidence of the health risks of diets laden with red meat like hamburger and processed meats like hot dogs, bacon and cold cuts. Calling the increased risk modest, lead author Rashmi Sinha of the National Cancer Institute said the findings support the advice of several health groups to limit red and processed meat...
  • 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...
  • More mortal than some

    04/26/2008 10:49:51 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 9 replies · 100+ views
    Financial Times ^ | April 26th, 2008 | Christopher Caldwell
    Americans were shocked on Tuesday to read the results of a study by four scientists affiliated to the Initiative for Global Health at Harvard University.* Since 1983 life expectancy has declined for women in hundreds of US counties, most of them in the south, and for men in a dozen counties. Two troubling explanations arise. The first is that, for reasons that are not yet clear, health is deteriorating in the US. Such things happen. In alcohol-soaked post-communist Russia men die at about the age of 59. In Aids-ravaged Namibia the lifespan has dropped 10 years since independence in 1990....
  • US Among Worst in World for Infant Death

    11/10/2007 9:18:10 PM PST · by Santa Fe_Conservative · 59 replies · 615+ views
    The rate at which infants die in the United States has dropped substantially over the past half-century, but broad disparities remain among racial groups, and the country stacks up poorly next to other industrialized nations. In 2004, the most recent year for which statistics are available, roughly seven babies died for every 1,000 live births before reaching their first birthday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. That was down from about 26 in 1960. Babies born to black mothers died at two and a half times the rate of those born to white mothers, according to the CDC...
  • OBITER DICTA - Becoming Mortal

    10/21/2007 2:04:59 AM PDT · by AncientAirs · 51+ views
    All men are mortal but few give it much thought. The round of daily tasks, diversions of various sorts, keep the thought at bay. So much so that the death of another can come almost as a surprise and seem a breach in the natural order of things. We have to put our minds to it really to think that we shall some day die. Poets and philosophers seem to relish this task. Death in Homer is a vast subject but the abiding theme is that death is a gloomy disaster. It would be better if it were an utter...
  • 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...
  • For Cancer Patients, A Struggle to Prolong Hope as Well as Life

    03/31/2007 11:16:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 670+ views
    Washington Post ^ | April 1, 2007 | David Brown
    Why is it that Americans speak of trying to whip cancer, show courage in the face of it, and die after a long battle against it? Why at the same time do we tell ourselves cancer is the new diabetes, a chronic disease we can have for a lifetime? It's because what F. Scott Fitzgerald said about the rich -- "They are different from you and me" -- is true of cancer among the multitude of bodily afflictions. We think it's different, too. We take cancer personally. We talk about it in terms we would never use for heart disease,...
  • Some Vitamin Supplements Increase Death Risk Say Researchers

    02/28/2007 2:45:16 AM PST · by XR7 · 86 replies · 3,342+ views
    MedicalNewsToday ^ | 2/28/07 | Catharine Paddock
    Vitamin supplements taken by millions of people every day for their health could be increasing their risk of death a new Danish-led study suggests. The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The international research team reviewed the published evidence on beta carotene, vitamin A, vitamin E, Vitamin C and selenium. The team was led by Dr Goran Bjelakovic, from Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark. These dietary supplements are marketed as antioxidants and people take them in the hope they will improve health and guard against diseases like cancer and heart disease by eliminating the free radicals...
  • Death rates per doctor to be listed

    12/06/2006 10:43:34 AM PST · by A. Pole · 57 replies · 1,126+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 6, 2006 | Liz Kowalczyk
    Massachusetts health officials have decided to publicize the patient death rates for individual heart surgeons, the first time the state will release information on the quality of care provided by individual doctors --not just by hospitals and physicians' groups . Beginning Dec. 18, it will be possible to go to a website and look up the mortality rates for 55 surgeons who perform cardiac bypass operations. About 4,000 patients had bypass surgery at 14 Massachusetts hospitals in 2004, according to the state's most recent figures. It is one of the most common operations. [...] In New York, where mortality data...
  • UN Data Show Banning Abortion Doesn't Increase Maternal Mortality

    02/19/2006 7:43:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies · 876+ views
    Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute ^ | 02.17.06 | Bradford Short
    Dear Colleague, One of the old chestnuts of the pro-abortion movement has turned rotten. They say laws against abortion result in higher maternal mortality. New statistics direct from the UN indicate they couldn't be more wrong. In fact, it seems pro-life nations actually have lower maternal mortality rates. This information must be used immediately by everyone concerned about this issue but particularly by those in countries where abortion is against the law: Ireland and Poland especially. Spread the word far and wide. Yours sincerely, Austin Ruse President Action Item: Read the report here.UN Data Show Banning Abortion Doesn't Increase...
  • Death Counts and Crude Mortality Rates (For Katrina comparison in New Orleans)

    09/11/2005 5:50:12 PM PDT · by fso301 · 13 replies · 2,314+ views
    See link for pdf file containing mortality rates for Louisiana on a Parish by Parish basis. Use this to compare Katrina related death count versus normal.
  • (DFU) Bill Clinton's pre-surgery press release -- CLEARING HIS CONSCIENCE, HEALING THE NATION

    03/08/2005 10:07:35 AM PST · by doug from upland · 38 replies · 1,411+ views
    dfu | 3-8-05 | dfu
    Bill Clinton didn't ask for my help, but I thought I would volunteer. If I were about to undergo more surgery, I would worry about my mortality and try to make peace with my Maker. Bill, for the sake of your soul, sign this and get it sent out. ===================================================== My fellow Americans, thank you for your kind words and prayers as I am about to again undergo surgery. Because God has given me a second chance, I must clear my conscience. I am so sorry that I disappointed many of my fans. But more than that, I am sorry...
  • Social Security Underestimates Future Life Spans, Critics Say

    12/30/2004 7:27:03 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 600+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 31, 2004 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 - When the federal government assesses the long-term financial problems of Social Security, it assumes that increases in life expectancy will be slow and measured. But many population experts say they believe that Americans' life expectancy will increase rapidly in the 21st century, making the program's financial problems even worse. President Bush and Congress are preparing for a debate over the future of Social Security, whose solvency depends not only on factors including productivity, inflation and birth rates but also on how long beneficiaries will be living. Life expectancy at birth increased by 30 years in the...
  • Holidays Bring Death for Many Americans - Study

    12/13/2004 5:38:17 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 35 replies · 1,942+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 13, 2004 | Anon Reuters Stringer
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Christmas is the deadliest day of the year for Americans with 12.4 percent more deaths than normal, researchers said on Monday. More Americans die from heart attacks and other natural causes on Christmas, the day after and on New Year's Day than on any other days of the year, the researchers reported. It is probably because people are feeling too busy or too festive to go to the hospital over the winter holiday season, the researchers wrote in Monday's issue of the journal Circulation. The researchers, sociologist David Phillips of the University of California San Diego and...
  • For Kim and North Korea, a sign of mortality

    04/23/2004 7:59:01 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 141+ views
    Asia Times ^ | Apr 24, 2004 | David Scofield
    For Kim and North Korea, a sign of mortality By David Scofield SEOUL - Disaster of enormous but still unknown proportions struck North Korea nine hours after Kim Jong-il's heavily guarded train re-entered the Hermit Kingdom and passed through Ryongchon station, 20 kilometers south of the Chinese border. The Dear Leader had returned from "secret" talks with China on defusing the Pyongyang nuclear crisis, gradually giving up his weapons of mass destruction in exchange for massive economic and food aid, clean energy and a better life for his people. The outcome of the talks was not known. Then, it happened:...