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Life Expectancy

Avoiding the February 7 "Fitness Cliff"

Don McNay | Posted 01.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Don McNay

In her landmark book Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness, former New York Times columnist J. C. Herz notes that Gold's Gym has statistically identified February 7 as the "Fitness Cliff," when checks in at the gym take a steep drop.

The Right Road For A Better Future Of Aging

Paul H. Irving | Posted 01.18.2016 | Fifty
Paul H. Irving

It's become common knowledge that populations are rapidly aging across the world. Increasing longevity during the last century has contributed to unprecedented global economic growth--and new opportunities for personal fulfillment that previous generations could only dream of.

The Year in Fear. Why Are We So Scared, If Things Are So Good?

David Ropeik | Posted 12.29.2015 | Good News
David Ropeik

We are living longer than ever. Progress has lifted billions out of poverty and hunger. The overall rate at which humans are killing other humans is at an all-time low. But the rationalists who cite these statistical realities and poo poo our paranoia are too, well, rational.

The Sad Reason U.S. Life Expectancy Is Stalling

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK (AP) -- Life expectancy in the United States has stalled for three straight years, the government announced Wednesday. A child born last yea...

Dead, White, and Blue

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 12.01.2015 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

While the lifespan of affluent whites continues to lengthen, the lifespan of poor whites has been shrinking. As a result, in just the last four years, the gap between poor white men and wealthier ones has widened by up to four years.

What to Make of Bernie Sanders' Democratic Socialism?

Jon Wisman | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Jon Wisman

The Occupy Wall Street movement and now Bernie Sander's embrace of democratic socialism claim that anti-government politics have gutted the American dream, created inequality in income, wealth, and privilege not seen since the 1920s, and led to economic dysfunction.

The Real Reason Why Women Live Longer Than Men

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 05.25.2015 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

So men, here's our answer: If we want to live longer, we need to actually talk to each other. Start sharing your health status. Develop your inner pack behavior and you too may be able to expand your life by an entire dog year.

Life After Life

Tim Arnold | Posted 09.05.2015 | Religion
Tim Arnold

I believe there is another world, another life beyond the one we're in now, that's available to us, a more enduring existence open to anyone able to embrace some kind of a "leap of faith," or at least see it as JK Rowling puts it in one of her "Harry Potter" novels: for a "well-organized mind: death is but the next great adventure."

Dare to Be 100: Life Span, Life Expectancy

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 04.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

As a registered geriatrician I keep tabs on the tools of my trade particularly its language. In this regard I draw attention to the two phrases "life ...

9 Charts That Force the Question, Does Black Life Matter?

Colorlines | Kai Wright and Erin Zipper | Posted 01.08.2015 | Black Voices

Inequity shows up in our lives in all kinds of places, but rarely can it been seen as starkly as when it presents itself in our bodies. Public health ...

Having a Severe Mental Illness Means Dying Young

Allen Frances | Posted 02.28.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

People diagnosed with serious mental illness -- schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or severe depression -- die 20 years early, on average, because of a combination of lousy medical care, smoking, lack of exercise, complications of medication, suicide, and accidents. The U.S. has become probably the worst place in the developed world to be mentally ill.

The Fallacy of the Calorie -- Book Review

Suna Senman | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Suna Senman

Michael Fenster, "Dr. Mike," cardiologist, professional chef, and author of The Fallacy of the Calorie promises to give the reader clarity. "This is a...

The United States Is Number 1 -- But in What?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

American politicians are fond of telling their audiences that the United States is the greatest country in the world. Is there any evidence for this claim?

Should Life End At 75?

Renee Fisher | Posted 12.13.2014 | Fifty
Renee Fisher

Both society and pharmaceutical companies promote the idea of seniors living healthily and happily until some moment in the distant future, when they will vanish in some kind of pain-free poof, most likely while salsa dancing on a Caribbean cruise ship. But the reality is a bit different.

Yagana Shah

Fading Sense Of Smell Could Be Predictor Of Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.02.2014 | Fifty

They say you should trust your gut, but maybe it's really the nose that knows. Turns out, the olfactory organ we all take for granted can do more than...

A Main Street Way to Help Obese People

Don McNay | Posted 10.24.2014 | Business
Don McNay

"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...

Members Of This Religion Live 10 Years Longer Than Most Americans

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 07.31.2014 | Religion

Statistics have shown that religion makes people happier, but it turns out it can help you live longer, too. In an attempt to "reverse engineer lon...

The Third Demographic Dividend and the Global Challenge of Longer Lives

Linda P. Fried | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

Are there stages when certain social institutions or other policies need to be implemented in order to optimize the benefits of an aging population for all ages?

Crisis in Veterans Hospitals and the Shortage of Doctors

John Komlos | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
John Komlos

That veterans have to wait excessively to be treated is not the fault of the VA. The real reason is that that there is a shortage of doctors and not only for veterans but for the whole country.

The Surprising Driver of NYC's Long Life Expectancy

James R. Knickman | Posted 08.09.2014 | New York
James R. Knickman

When we take a closer look at the new research and really dig into the data--stay with me!--it appears that we are in fact right on par with the national average, and that the "two years better than average" claim doesn't really fly.

Yagana Shah

4 Simple Ways To Determine Just How Long You Might Live

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty

Ever wonder how you'll fare when it comes to the longevity stakes? As far as we know, there isn't any crystal ball to pinpoint exactly how long you'll...

Where You Live Can Determine How Long You Live

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Seven years. That is the difference in the life expectancy of someone living near the Tenleytown-AU station, which is in the District of Columbia, and someone who lives near the Friendship Heights station, which is in Montgomery County, Maryland.

50 Reasons We're Living Through the Greatest Period in World History

The Motley Fool | Posted 04.22.2014 | Business
The Motley Fool

5. The average American now retires at age 62. One hundred years ago, the average American died at age 51. Enjoy your golden years -- your ancestors didn't get any of them.

The Challenge of Public Health for Mayor de Blasio

Linda P. Fried | Posted 04.13.2014 | New York
Linda P. Fried

Mayor Bill de Blasio's overwhelming election victory emerged from a platform focused on income inequality and A Tale of Two Cities, but income is not the only disparity that deserves attention. It is also an indicator of the greatest challenge affecting public health in New York and nationally.

Get Enough Sleep. Your Life Depends On It, Study Says

Posted 02.04.2014 | Fifty

Sure we're aware of the immediate consequences of not getting enough shut-eye-- dark circles, drowsiness, and dependence on caffeine to name a few. Bu...