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2010-09-13 06:05:00

A study suggests that the cost of old age on health services in industrialized nations may need to be re-measured. Researchers say that rising life expectancies and improved health has lead to the population aging slower. The scientists from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, Stony Brook University (SBU) and in the United States and the Vienna Institute of Demography found a new way of measuring aging, which is not reliant on fixed chronological...

2010-07-23 13:04:38

Research: Inequalities in premature mortality in Britain: Observational study from 1921-2007 The level of inequalities in premature mortality between different areas of Britain has almost surpassed those seen shortly before the economic crash of 1929 and the economic depression of the 1930s, according to a new study published on bmj.com today. Inequalities continued to rise steadily during the first decade of the twenty first century, UK researchers have found, and could become worse....

2010-06-28 14:28:00

FREMONT, Calif., June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a landmark study, scientists from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) have discovered a startling 19.6-year gap in life expectancy between poor black men and affluent Asian women. According to the research, Asian females with the highest socioeconomic status had a life expectancy of 84.9 years, whereas the life expectancy for African-American males of the lowest socioeconomic status was 65.3 years. These results come...

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2010-05-12 13:35:00

The downside of marriage for women: the greater a wife's age gap from her husband, the lower her life expectancy Marriage is more beneficial for men than for women - at least for those who want a long life. Previous studies have shown that men with younger wives live longer. While it had long been assumed that women with younger husbands also live longer, in a new study Sven Drefahl from the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock, Germany, has shown that this is not...

2010-04-16 08:35:34

Calorie restriction leads scientists to molecular pathways that slow aging, improve health Organisms from yeast to rodents to humans all benefit from cutting calories. In less complex organisms, restricting calories can double or even triple lifespan. It's not yet clear just how much longer calorie restriction might help humans live, but those who practice the strict diet hope to survive past 100 years old. In a review article in the April 16 edition of Science, nutrition and longevity...

2010-03-24 16:43:24

DURHAM, N.C. "“ People in developed nations are living in good health as much as a decade longer than their parents did, not because aging has been slowed or reversed, but because they are staying healthy to a more advanced age. "We're living longer because people are reaching old age in better health," said demographer James Vaupel, author of a review article appearing in the March 25 edition of Nature. But once it starts, the process of aging itself -- including dementia and heart...

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2010-03-23 07:16:29

Population-based interventions needed to reduce deaths from chronic diseases A new study led by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in collaboration with researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington estimates that smoking, high blood pressure, elevated blood glucose and overweight and obesity currently reduce life expectancy in the U.S. by 4.9 years in men and 4.1 years in women. It is the first study to look at...

2010-03-10 07:22:06

Research: Sex, health, and years of sexually active life gained due to good health: Evidence from 2 US population based cross sectional surveys of aging People who are in good health are almost twice as likely to be interested in sex compared to those in poor health, according to research published on bmj.com March 9. It is already established that sexual activity has health benefits and is linked to living longer. However, this study investigates how general health impacts on the quality of...

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2009-12-09 08:30:00

Regardless of an individual's dietary and lifestyle risk factors, living in a poorer or more socioeconomically deprived neighborhood may increase a person's risk for death, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held Dec. 6-9, 2009. Researchers conducted the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study and found that people living in poorer neighborhoods, as determined by U.S. Census data, reported higher health...

2009-12-03 13:52:59

University of Michigan and Harvard researchers find that the US population won't live longer because even though they've quit smoking, more are overweight If obesity trends continue, the negative effect on the health of the U.S. population will overtake the benefits gained from declining smoking rates, according to a study by U-M and Harvard researchers published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. "Obesity plays a large role in life expectancy," said co-author Allison B. Rosen,...