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HIV Doesn't Shorten Lifespans the Way It Used To

Researchers credit new antiretroviral drugs

(Newser) - The average American born in 2015 is expected to live to 78.8 years of age . HIV patients aren't far behind. A Lancet study finds a 20-year-old who begins treatment for HIV today can live to an estimated 78 years due in part to advances in antiretroviral therapy, reports... More »

Your Zip Code May Shave 20 Years Off Your Life

New study finds a growing gap in life expectancy in the US

(Newser) - People in high-income areas tend to live longer than those in low-income areas. While that's not so surprising, the resulting difference in lifespans within the US might be: In some counties, people live to about age 87, while in others the figure is only 67, according to a study... More »

States With Longest, Shortest Life Expectancy

It's Hawaii on one end, Mississippi on the other

(Newser) - Some states fare better than others when it comes to the ultimate bottom line: life expectancy. Here are the worst performers, per an analysis at 24/7 Wall St :
  1. Mississippi, 74.8 years
  2. Alabama, 75. 4 years (tie)
  3. West Virginia, 75.4 years (tie)
  4. Louisiana, 75.8 years (tie)
  5. Oklahoma, 75.
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South Korean Women on Brink of Longevity Milestone

The US, meanwhile, could 'fall further behind'

(Newser) - Life expectancy is expected to climb dramatically in most developed countries by 2030—just not in the United States. Using 21 mathematical models, scientists at Imperial College London and the WHO predict females born in the US in 2030 will live an average of 83 years compared to 81 in... More »

Taste for Beer May Be Saving Lives of Russian Men

Brief booze crackdown in 1980s got young men to shift away from vodka

(Newser) - Russian men have an unfortunate tradition of drinking themselves to an early death. As bleak as the number are—life expectancy for Russian men was 65 in 2012, compared with 76 in the US and 74 for China, notes Quartz —researchers have spotted improvement of late. And oddly, they... More »

American Lives Just Got a Month Shorter

US life expectancy falls for first time in 22 years

(Newser) - More than a month was slashed from an average American life in 2015, according to National Center for Health Statistics data. A person born in the US in 2015 can expect to live 78.8 years, compared to 78.9 years in 2014. Life expectancy also fell from 76.5... More »

Blacks Closing Gap on Whites in Life Expectancy

It was 3.4 years in 2014, smallest in history

(Newser) - The life expectancy gap between blacks and whites is now the smallest in history, falling from seven years in 1990 to 3.4 years in 2014. According to 2014 data, African-Americans have a life expectancy of 75.6 years, while whites average 79 years, reports the New York Times . "... More »

White Americans Dying Earlier Due to Drugs, Alcohol, Suicide

Life expectancy in whites hadn't dropped in decades

(Newser) - White Americans are living shorter lives for the first time in decades, according to a federal study released Wednesday. The New York Times reports white life expectancy dropped from 78.9 years in 2013 to 78.8 years in 2014, and the likely reasons are troubling. "For the age... More »

America's Poor Live Longer in 'Unexpected' Places

Stanford researchers analyze over 1B records

(Newser) - A new study says America's wealthy live longer than its poor, which is hardly surprising. But it also says low-income people live longer in certain places—like affluent cities including New York and San Francisco, NPR reports. Why isn't clear, but lead study author Raj Chetty of Stanford... More »

Congrats, Humans: Life Just Got Longer

Average life expectancy up about 6 years since 1990

(Newser) - The average life is stretching longer. A new study in the Lancet —which analyzed 240 causes of death in 188 countries, the Wall Street Journal reports—finds humans today are living 71.5 years on average, an increase of about six years since 1990. Men are living an average... More »

Obesity Can Knock 8 Years Off Your Life

Severe obesity can slash up to 8 years off a life: researchers

(Newser) - If you haven't yet grasped the danger of obesity, Canadian researchers have attempted to quantify it: Being obese can slash as many as eight years off your life—and leave you in ill health for up to 19 years before that death. Researchers compiled data from roughly 4,000... More »

A Secret to Women's Longer Life Revealed

New study finds that women's immune systems decline more slowly

(Newser) - Why do women typically walk the Earth longer than men? According to a new Japanese study, the immune system is to thank—or blame, depending on your gender. It found that men's immune systems weaken more quickly than women's, leaving males more susceptible to disease, the BBC reports.... More »

Performers Live Shorter Lives Than Other Celebs

They can expect to live to 77: study

(Newser) - If you crave a long life in the spotlight, become a ... CEO. Researchers perused 1,000 New York Times obituaries from between 2009 and 2011 in a bid to glean some conclusions about the life expectancy of celebs, the BBC reports. What they found, in terms of average life expectancy:... More »

Rich? You'll Probably Live Longer, Too

Studies show link between life expectancy, income gap

(Newser) - Research shows a disturbing trend in the US: As life expectancy goes up, the life expectancy gap between rich and poor is widening. While US life expectancy hit 78.5 years in 2009, most gains went to those whose income is the highest. To illustrate the trend, the Washington Post... More »

Life Expectancy Declining for Many US Women

It's just the latest study to find disturbing trend

(Newser) - A new study offers more compelling evidence that life expectancy for some US women is actually falling, a disturbing trend that experts can't explain. The latest research found that women age 75 and younger are dying at higher rates than previous years in nearly half of the nation's... More »

People in the Tropics Live Shorter Lives

Researchers put life expectancy at 64.4, well below rest of world

(Newser) - A new study finds that people who live in the tropics can expect to live 64.4 years, well below the non-tropical world's average of 72.1, reports the Telegraph . The study by 13 universities and groups across 12 nations blames poverty, war, and disease for the gap, with... More »

Entitlements Favor the Rich —Because They Live Longer

Peter Orszag: Social Security, Medicare formulas should be tweaked

(Newser) - Most people don't think of Social Security and Medicare as regressive programs that favor the well-off, but they are, former Obama budget director Peter Orszag argues in his Bloomberg column. Chalk it up to one simple reason: "Better-educated, higher-income Americans are living longer than everyone else." And... More »

Lives Get Shorter for Less Educated Whites

For those with no high school diploma, it drops 4 years

(Newser) - The life expectancy of less educated whites decreased dramatically between 1990 and 2008: Four years on average, with three for men and a whopping five for women, a study finds. "We’re used to looking at groups and complaining that their mortality rates haven’t improved fast enough, but... More »

Women May Be Smarter, But They're Also Lazier

Despite longer lifespan, ladies are less active

(Newser) - Guys, here's something to cite the next time your gal is nagging you to get off the couch: An international study suggests that women are lazier than men. A paper published by Lancet this week surveyed 122 countries to find out how active the global population is, reports Time... More »

Japan Loses Top Spot in Life Expectancy

Women from Hong Kong now the longest lived

(Newser) - Japanese women are no longer the world's longest living, their longevity pushed down in part by last year's devastating earthquake and tsunami, according to a government report today. The top of the global life expectancy rankings now belongs to Hong Kong women. The annual report by Japan's... More »

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