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New Study Shows Individual Lifespans Are Becoming More Similar

November 28, 2016

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The Emergence of Longevous Populations

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research have discovered a novel regularity for vastly different human societies and epochs. On average, as lives get longer, the difference in the age at which people die becomes smaller. By analyzing data from 44 countries, researchers have now proven that life expectancy and the variation of […]

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Harvard Research Shows For Life Expectancy, Money Matters

April 14, 2016

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Study Shows Money Matters For Life Expectancy

New research from Harvard University shows that being poor in the United States is hazardous to your health, revealing that the average life expectancy of the lowest-income classes in America is now equal to that in Sudan or Pakistan. A Harvard analysis of 1.4 billion Internal Revenue Service records on income and life expectancy that […]

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Biologists Extend Lifespan in Mice by 35 Percent

February 4, 2016

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Researchers Extend Lifespan in Mice by as Much as 35 Percent

A team of biologists from the Mayo Clinic have shown that senescent cells – cells that no longer divide and accumulate with age – negatively impact health and shorten lifespan by as much as 35 percent in normal mice. The results, which appear today in Nature, demonstrate that clearance of senescent cells delays tumor formation, […]

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Scientists Discover Genes for a Longer, Healthier Life

December 1, 2015

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Researchers Discover Genes for a Longer Healthier Life

A team of scientists has discovered genes that are involved in physical aging. By influencing only one of these genes, the healthy lifespan of laboratory animals is extended – and possibly that of humans, too. Driven by the quest for eternal youth, humankind has spent centuries obsessed with the question of how it is exactly […]

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Is There a Guide to Long Life? Scientists Examine Life Expectancy Disparities between Population Groups

October 11, 2015

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Is There a Guide to Long Life?

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute examine why life expectancy disparities between population groups have been increasing and see if there is a guide to a long life. At age 40, Finns, Swedes, and Norwegians have reached the approximate mid-point of life. It is well known that, on average, whether an individual has more or […]

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Cancer Drug Prolongs the Life of Fruit Flies, Could Do the Same for Humans

June 30, 2015

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Cancer Drug Prolongs Life

Using a cancer drug called Trametinib, biologists have extended the life expectancy in fruit flies by around twelve percent. The researchers believe that the substance could be used to develop future anti-aging drugs to extend life expectancy in humans. Humans, yeasts and fruit flies began to evolve separately millions of years ago. Nevertheless, the cellular […]

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New Demographic Data Show How Diversely Different Species Age

December 9, 2013

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How Diversely Different Species Age

Based on the results of a long-term data collection project, a new study shows how different species age, unveiling diversity of aging processes that no existing evolutionary theory can account for. Despite aging being one the hottest topic in the media recently, scientists have no coherent explanation for it. New demographic data on humans, animals […]

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Telomere Length Predicts the Life Expectancy of Patients with Heart Disease

March 11, 2013

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Length of DNA Strands in Patients With Heart Disease Can Predict Life Expectancy

In a new study, scientists were able to predict survival rates among patients with heart disease based on the length of strands of DNA found on the ends of chromosomes known as telomeres. San Francisco, California – Can the length of strands of DNA in patients with heart disease predict their life expectancy? Researchers from […]

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Olympians Will Live Longer Than the Average Person

December 26, 2012

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Most medal-winning athletes returning home from the Olympic Games can look forward to a longer life than most of us. A new study has found that Olympic medalists live an average of 2.8 years longer than everyone else, whether they’re gymnasts, golfers, runners, or athletes in any other event. The scientists published their findings in […]

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The Reasons Why Rock & Pop Stars Die Young

December 21, 2012

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According to a new report, rock and pop stars die young. Many of them die from drug overdoses, AIDS or drunk-driving accidents. The study found that the average lifespan of American musical stars in pop, rock and rap genre is only 45. The average European stars die on average at age 39. The scientists published […]

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Physical Activity & Life Expectancy Quantified in Study

November 15, 2012

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Previous studies have shown the link between physical activity and a lower risk of premature mortality, however the number of years of life expectancy gained among persons with different activity levels has remained unclear. In this new study, scientists have quantified it. The scientists published their findings in the journal PLOS Medicine. The study was […]

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