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Life Expectancy

Our Military Will Not Stop This Revolution

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.02.2016 | Fifty
Bernard Starr

Some years ago, a retail homegoods company created the catchy slogan "It ain't just paint" to tell the public that their stores sold much more than paint. The ad campaign apparently failed since the company went bankrupt.

Global Life Expectancy Is Going Up, World Health Organization Reports

The Guardian | Paul Vale | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living

Life expectancy across the globe has increased by five years since 2000, the fastest rise in lifespans since the 1960s, according to the World Health ...

White Women Suffered Biggest Drop In Life Expectancy In The U.S.

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.25.2016 | Healthy Living

Five months ago, a report made waves with the finding that middle-aged white Americans are dying earlier, and at markedly higher rates -- a demographi...

Study Finds Link Between Where You Live And How Long You'll Live

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.12.2016 | Fifty

It might come as no surprise that the wealthy live longer lives than the poor. But in an interesting twist, a new study says poorer people could reap ...

Diet, Deafness and the Drums of War

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A commentary just out in JAMA says many reasonable things about diet and health. The author notes that the overall low quality of the prevailing American diet is an anchor on life expectancy itself. Amen to that.

Do Lucky Broads Like Betty White Retire?

Wm. Scott Page | Posted 03.30.2016 | Fifty
Wm. Scott Page

Before I answer that question with an obvious answer, I want to share my thoughts after traveling around the country this past year. I've been meetin...

Social Justice: Love in action

Marisela B. Gomez, MD, PhD | Posted 03.25.2016 | Religion
Marisela B. Gomez, MD, PhD

After leaving Baltimore for more than two years, I returned to my old neighborhood in Middle East Baltimore, to find it still filled with despair. To ...

The Penalty for Poverty Should Not Be Death

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The Brookings Institution recently issued a report showing that poor Americans die at a much earlier age than rich Americans, and that this life expectancy gap between rich and poor is growing rapidly.

A Crucial Inequality Discussion Is Missing From The Election Debates

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 03.01.2016 | Healthy Living

The U.S. is facing an impending Social Security deficit. It's a problem that presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio want to preempt by raising...

Donald Trump Is Winning Because White America Is Dying

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics

Noam Chomsky, the renowned scholar and MIT professor emeritus, says that the rise of Donald Trump in American politics is, in part, fueled by deeply r...

People and Arms, Rights and Reason

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

Scientists at the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC just published a research letter in JAMA, reporting on a comparison of life expecta...

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 year...

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.