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2012-04-18 10:54:12

In a novel study of health disparities in the United States, Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have identified 22 socioeconomic and environmental variables that together are better indicators of early death than are race or geography. The findings upend long-held beliefs that where you live and the color of your skin are the best markers for how long you may live. The innovative analysis shows that when factors related to local social conditions – including...

2012-04-10 08:56:54

Large day-to-day variations in temperature could result in thousands more deaths per year New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) suggests that seemingly small changes in summer temperature swings–as little as 1°C more than usual–may shorten life expectancy for elderly people with chronic medical conditions, and could result in thousands of additional deaths each year. While previous studies have focused on the short-term effects of heat waves, this is the...

2012-04-09 13:30:54

Major life decisions such as marriage, divorce, abortion, having a child and attending university may be subconsciously influenced by how long people believe they will live, according to a Queen´s University study. “Life expectancy might be driving all of these major decisions,” says Daniel Krupp, a post doctoral fellow in the Queen´s math department who has a background in psychology and biology. The longer someone expects to live, the more time they will invest...

2012-04-06 10:57:17

Differences in factors such as income, education and marital status could contribute overwhelmingly to the gap in life expectancy between blacks and whites in the United States, according to one of the first studies to put a number on how much of the divide can be attributed to disparities in socioeconomic characteristics. A Princeton University study recently published in the journal Demography reveals that socioeconomic differences can account for 80 percent of the life-expectancy divide...

Murder Rate Dropping In US, Average Life Expectancy Up
2012-01-12 09:09:37

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in its annual report on US mortality, reports a condition known as pneumonitis, a respiratory illness primarily affecting the elderly, replaced murder for the first time in 45 years, as a leading cause of death in the nation, James B. Kelleher reports for Reuters. Between 2009 and 2010, the average life expectancy increased by about one month from 78.7 years, up from 78.6 years in 2009. The report is based on 98 percent of death...

2011-12-07 11:17:14

In a research letter appearing in the Dec. 7 issue of JAMA, S. Jay Olshansky, Ph.D., of the University of Illinois at Chicago, examined the question that U.S. Presidents may experience accelerated aging while in office by analyzing the life span of all U.S. Presidents compared to men of their era. Among his findings were that 23 of 34 presidents who died of natural causes lived beyond the average life expectancy for men of the same age when they were inaugurated. Suggested reasons for this...

2011-12-07 11:03:22

Contrary to claims that U.S. presidents age at twice the normal rate, a new study finds that most U.S. presidents live longer than expected for men of their same age and era. The research letter, by noted University of Illinois at Chicago demographer S. Jay Olshansky, is published in the Dec. 7 issue of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Olshansky became interested in the subject when, in the summer of 2011, President Obama celebrated his 50th birthday and a flurry...

US Presidents Outlive Peers, Despite Appearance Of Aging Faster
2011-12-07 06:41:44

Although many U.S. Presidents appear to show signs of accelerated aging during their time in office, they actually outlive their peers, according to a new analysis by a University of Illinois at Chicago sociologist. Dr. S. Jay Olshansky compared how long U.S. Presidents would have been expected to live with how long they actually lived. He got the idea for his analysis after watching President Barack Obama return to his hometown of Chicago to celebrate his 50th birthday.  Olshansky...

2011-09-22 16:15:00

lifeâsDHAâ“ž¢ and the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) are partnering for the second year for Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential, a national health education campaign designed to empower Americans to develop and maintain healthy, beautiful minds by incorporating key lifestyle factors known as the four dimensions of brain health â“ diet and nutrition, physical health, mental health and social well-being....


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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