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2008-10-28 12:00:39

Editors note: A photo and a video are included with this press release. Canada is a middle-of-the-pack performer on Health, getting a B grade, in the latest Report Card on Canada: How Canada Performs: Health-Details and Analysis, released today by The Conference Board of Canada. Relative to its peers, Canada's current 10th place ranking (out of 16 countries) is down from a much better 5th place in the 1990s. And Canada may lose this ranking if it cannot address the issues posed by chronic...

2008-10-06 12:30:00

By EXCLUSIVE By JONATHAN PAISLEY HOLIDAY giant Thomas Cook was today slammed for promoting a family holiday in Spain as a chance to bring home thousands of duty free cigarettes, The "incentive" was displayed in the window of a branch of the travel agent in the East End of Glasgow - the area with the worst record in the UK for lung cancer. It was at the foot of a notice at Parkhead Forge advertising a GBP779 holiday for a family of four to Salou in Costa Dorada. And it read: Bring back up...

2008-09-18 00:00:10

By Dave Blackhurst People in Stoke-on-Trent are living longer than ever before, according to the latest figures from the city's public health department. Reductions in infant mortality and lower death rates from cancer, heart disease and chest illness are responsible for the improvements. Women in the Potteries can now expect to live to 79 and seven months and men to 74 and six months. This is two and a half and three years respectively more than a decade ago. The change comes after...

2008-09-01 18:00:25

By PETER ELSON IT ALWAYS astonishes me that in this tiny fogbound island built on a rocky outcrop of coal, there should be such a range of accents. Commuting eastwards by train from Liverpool the change in voices and, indeed, attitudes they embody always comes as a surprise. But the divisions run far deeper than that. Social inequalities create an astonishing difference in life expectancy for people who live just a few miles apart in many of our cities. The low, probable age of death...

2008-08-29 06:00:55

By Craig Brown; Martyn McLaughlin GROWING up in Calton, a deprived pocket in the east end of Glasgow, Steven Francis Hewitt never knew of bad habits. For him, the culture of pubs, takeaway food and palls of cigarette smoke was everyday life. "As a kid, I had bronchitis because of all the conditions I had around me," the 33-year-old told The Scotsman. "My parents did their best for me [but] I had a deprived childhood. "You see your father having a drink or smoking and you pick it up.You...

2008-08-29 00:00:36

By James Macintyre People are dying "on a grand scale" around the world because of social injustice brought about by a "toxic" combination of bad policies, politics and economics, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said yesterday. Avoidable health problems caused by social factors - as opposed to biology and genetics - are causing large-scale health inequalities in the UK, the WHO's Commission on the Social Determinants of Health has found after a three-year study. Evidence showed that...

2008-08-19 15:01:22

By HOULAHAN, Mike New Zealanders are living longer, and having more children. Statistics New Zealand figures, released yesterday, show a newborn boy can expect to live 77.9 years, while his twin sister can live 81.9 years. Ten years ago, a Kiwi male might expect to live to 72, while a woman's life expectancy was 77. Factors such as a steady 40-year decline in infant mortality, the drift to urban centres with better proximity to medical care, and an improvement in socio- economic...

2008-08-07 03:00:08

By Brian Bowling, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 7--Medical advances are slowly closing the gap between male and female lifespans, and that's one reason Census figures released today show the number of males per 100 females has increased in Western Pennsylvania, demographic and medical experts say. Dr. Neil Resnick, professor and chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, said developments such as cholesterol-lowering statins and treatment of high blood pressure...

2008-08-01 09:01:04

By Deborah Bulkeley Deseret News Utah's baby boomers can expect to live to be 91.62 years old, according to a new "State of Longevity Report," by the social networking site Eons.com. In the report released Wednesday, Utah is tied with two other states with the fourth-highest boomer life expectancy. Hawaii and Colorado are tied for first place at 92.15 years, and California is third with a life expectancy of 91.69 years. The report is no surprise to Juliette Tennert, the state's top...

2008-07-15 06:00:44

THE government is being urged to consider further increases in the retirement age to cope with rising life expectancy. Under current plans the age the state pension can be taken would increase from 65 to 68 by 2046, which pensions minister Lord McKenzie of Luton described as "broadly in line" with predictions for life expectancy. But Labour former treasury minister Lord Sheldon told peers yesterday: "In the early post-war years life expectancy after retirement was only a few years. What...


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