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Life expectancy in the U.S. experiences major drop

Life expectancy has shown a significant drop in the U.S. While the fall is across all ethnic groups, it is the Black and Latino community that shows the most marked decline.

Blood pressure drug may be key to increasing lifespan

New research looking at mechanisms to increase life expectancy, or at least to reduce aging, has demonstrated how blood pressure drugs may have some beneficial effect. Data so far relates to an animal model.

Study: By cycling to work you may live longer

Research from New Zealand, looking into physical activity, finds that people who cycle to work tend to have a longer life expectancy compared with those who elect to take trains or drive to work.

The secret to longer life is cellular recycling

The answer to longer life may lie with a particular protein, according to new research. The protein is called p62, which is a selective autophagy protein. The protein plays an important role in the aging process.

Essential Science: Secret to living longer is more ‘rest’

If you want to live for longer, especially as you get older, then the answer, based on a new study, is to rest more and preferably to sleep more. This finding is drawn from a comparative review of people experiencing different lifestyles.

Any amount of running leads to a longer life: Study

A new medical study finds that any amount of running is linked to significantly lower risk of early death. Even a small amount of running will improve population health and boost longevity.

Australian men live longer than any other group of males

New data analysis reveals that Australian men are now living longer than any other group of males in the world. The data has been normalized for historical mortality conditions.

Can machine learning predict how long you will live for?

There's an important difference between biological age and chronological age. People can be 'older' or 'younger' biologically, which affects life expectancy. Machine learning can help to assess this difference.

Mortality rates rising for Gens X and Y

Researchers have reported on a concerning decline in the life expectancy rates with the younger generation compared with older generations. This mirrors an overall decline in life expectancy after many decades of increase.

Genetics reveals some of the secrets for long life expectancy

Crete - Researchers have been keenly studying the populace of isolated Greek village, called Mylopotamos, in order to understand the ‘genetic secrets’ that appear to confer protection against heart disease.

Increased rates of exercise correlate with reduced risk of death

Many people struggle to meet health recommendations for daily exercise. Some, instead, manage intensive weekend bursts. This may also have benefits, according to a new study.

New link between reduced calories and life expectancy

The association between a lower calorie intake and a longer life expectancy has been the subject of research for several years, with data supporting and disproving the link. A new study reports in favor, based on an animal model.

New study finds that living longer doesn't mean we are healthier

Los Angeles - Studies have shown that Americans are living longer, but the extended life expectancy comes with an increase in disability rates as we age, showing us that long life does not insure that we will also have good health.

Nobel scientist says we can live to 150

With the potential advances in biomedicine, by how far could human life expectancy be extended? 150 years according to a Nobel Prize winning scientist.

Controlling fat movement in the body for better health

A protein that can transport fats around the body can affect protective processes in cells and affect life span, according to a new study.

Heart beat rate predicts life expectancy

A study suggests how fast a person's heart beats, when resting, can help to predict whether they are going to die early.

Councils taking action on fast-food obesity

A number of councils in the U.K. are attempting to force fast food outlets to use more healthy ingredients in their cooking processes.

Global life expectancy rises, but there is a down-side

An international study on the global burden of disease has found that since 1990, life expectancy worldwide has risen by six years. But even with the increase in longevity comes a number of challenges for staying healthy.

Male animals are more sickly than females

Mexico - Which is the sickliest sex? Males or females? Across the animal kingdom is seems that males are more troubled with ill-health than females.

Women not living as long as before

London - Statistics from the U.K. show a drop in life expectancy for elderly females. This could be connected to cutbacks in care and changes to the lifestyle habits of baby boomers.

Studying the human genome for mortality

Edinburgh - A new study has discovered a link between patterns of methylation in the human genome and people’s life span. If such technology is possible, would you want to know?

Obesity linked to shorter life

Montreal - A new study, based on modeling predictions, suggests that excess body weight — obesity — can decrease one’s life expectancy by nearly 10 years.

Does eliminating pain improve life expectancy?

A new study indicates that eliminating a pain receptor makes mice live longer and keeps their metabolisms young. Chronic pain appears to correlate with a shortened lifespan, whereas less pain is linked to living longer.

Russian men killing themselves with vodka

Moscow - Heavy vodka drinking means shorter lifespans for Russian men. Lancet reports 25 percent of Russian men die before 55, compared with only 7 percent of British men and fewer than 1 percent in the U.S.

Eating nuts has an association with longer life

A new study ties nut consumption to longevity. The theory is that the oils in nuts can reduce bad cholesterol and possibly inflammation.

What’s the secret behind the world’s longest living rodent?

Naked mole rats live in excess of 30 years. Scientists think that the secret behind the mole rat is a special protein contained within the mole rats’ genetic code.

Op-Ed: Obesity an early death sentence — How did Americans get so large?

Obesity is now found to claim more lives than previously known. As waistlines expand in the U.S., so do our chances of dying from being obese. But the finding leaves a question, how did Americans get so large?

Life expectancy maps show dramatic difference

A series of maps released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to draw attention to the fact that many U.S. cities have neighborhoods with very different life expectancies, some on par or lower than the life expectancies in developing countries.

So you want to be famous? Better think twice

Your life may not be that bad. A recent study by Oxford Journals shows that being well known and famous may result in a shorter life expectancy.

WHO: Economic crisis threatens life expectancy in Europe

WHO's European Health Report 2012 reveals that while Europeans are living longer lives, the trend could be reversed due to the economic crisis forcing governments to cut spending on health.
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