Latest S. Jay Olshansky Stories

2012-08-07 13:23:03

Despite advances in health care and increases in life expectancy overall, Americans with less than a high school education have life expectancies similar to adults in the 1950s and 1960s. "The most highly educated white men live about 14 years longer than the least educated black men," says S. Jay Olshansky, professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and lead author of the study. "The least educated black women live about 10 years less than...

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...

2006-03-15 12:25:00

By Ben Hirschler OXFORD -- Modern medicine is redefining old age and may soon allow people to live regularly beyond the current upper limit of 120 years, experts said on Wednesday. It used to be thought there was some inbuilt limit on lifespan, but a group of scientists meeting at Oxford University for a conference on life extension and enhancement dismissed that idea. Paul Hodge, director of the Harvard Generations Policy Program, said governments around the world - struggling with pension...

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