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2009-12-03 08:00:00

Married people in the United States are living longer these days, but the widowed are experiencing a higher mortality rate, according to new research by a Michigan State University sociologist. The widening mortality gap between the two groups is a disturbing trend that should prompt scholars and politicians to seek out strategies to better protect and promote health for the widowed, said Hui Liu, study author and assistant professor of sociology. Liu's study, called "Till Death Do Us Part:...

2009-12-02 16:01:00

University of Michigan and Harvard Researchers Find That The U.S. Population Won't Live Longer Because Even Though They've Quit Smoking, More are Overweight ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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...

2009-10-27 12:24:04

Research: Mortality among residents of shelters, rooming houses and hotels in Canada: 11-year follow-up study Homeless and marginally housed people have much higher mortality and shorter life expectancy than could be expected on the basis of low income alone, concludes a study from Canada published on bmj.com today. Previous studies have found high levels of excess mortality among the homeless compared with the general population, but little information is available on death rates among...

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2009-10-02 12:15:00

More than half of babies born in wealthy countries this century are likely to live to be at least 100 years old, according to new research. Writing in the Lancet medical journal, Kaare Christensen, of the Danish Ageing Research Centre at the University of Southern Denmark, noted that life expectancy in most developed nations has increased by about 30 years during the 20th century. "Very long lives are not the distant privilege of remote future generations -- very long lives are the probable...

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2009-09-29 08:56:25

The Great Depression had a silver lining: During that hard time, U.S. life expectancy actually increased by 6.2 years, according to a University of Michigan study published in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Life expectancy rose from 57.1 in 1929 to 63.3 years in 1932, according to the analysis by U-M researchers Jos© A. Tapia Granados and Ana Diez Roux. The increase occurred for both men and women, and for whites and non-whites. "The finding is...

2009-09-11 10:40:00

Research: Comparisons between geographies of mortality and deprivation from the 1900s and 2001: Spatial analysis of census and mortality statistics The link between deprivation and premature death is as strong today as it was in the early 1900s according to research published on bmj.com September 10. The study, the first of its kind to directly compare modern deprivation and mortality with conditions a century ago in the whole of England and Wales, has been undertaken by Ian Gregory, Senior...

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2009-08-20 06:30:00

U.S. life expectancy has risen to a record high of nearly 78 years, while the age-adjusted death rate fell to 760.3 deaths per 100,000, according to a new report issued Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Record high life expectancy was recorded for both males and females, at 75.3 years and 80.4 years, respectively. At the same time, mortality rate fell for the eighth straight year to an all-time low of 760.3 deaths per 100,000 population in 2007 -- 2.1...

2009-08-19 12:48:47

U.S. life expectancy reached nearly 78 years -- 77.9 -- in 2007, up from 77.7 in 2006, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The report by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics is based on data from nearly 90 percent of U.S. death certificates. U.S. life expectancy increased 1.4 years from 76.5 years in 1997 to 77.9 in 2007. The gap between male and female life expectancy has narrowed -- life expectancy recorded for U.S. males was 75.3 years and 80.4 years...

2009-07-08 12:24:55

A British study finds those who live in southern England have significantly longer life expectancies than those in the north and Wales. Life expectancy at birth on average is the highest it has ever been, at 77.2 years for boys and 81.5 years for girls, The Times of London reports. But the Office of National Statistics says there are marked regional and class differences. East Dorset in South West England has the highest life expectancy, with men having a 77 percent chance and women an 85.9...

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2009-05-05 16:45:00

New research shows that very light wine consumption over the long term appears to lead to a longer life. As part of the Zutphen Study, a group of randomly selected Danish men were repeatedly monitored between 1960 and 2000, and long-term light wine consumption was associated with an increase in life expectancy of nearly 5 years. Dr. Martinette T. Streppel from Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and colleagues report in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health that the benefit was...