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Human Lifespan Has Likely Maxed Out

Study: Humans have hit a ceiling of about 115 years

(Newser) - Bad news if you're hoping to live to be older than Dumbledore . Even with advances in health care, no human is likely to make it past 125 years, researchers say. In fact, we seem to have maxed out around 115. After analyzing demographic data from the countries with the... More »

How This Woman Made It to 110: 3 Beers and a Shot

Preferably Johnnie Walker Blue

(Newser) - Agnes Fenton turned 110 on Saturday. It's a headline-worthy milestone, but the Englewood, NJ, woman's birthday is attracting extra attention because of an ABC News interview she gave at the young age of 105. In it, she was asked about the secret to a long life, and the... More »

Why Women Live Longer Than Men

Differences in life expectancy became pronounced in the late 1800s

(Newser) - There's a reason we don't typically call Earth's oldest person the oldest woman in the world—the oldest person is pretty much always a woman. In fact, just two of the world's 53 living supercentenarians (people 110 and older) are men, reports IFL Science . But why... More »

World's Oldest Person Dies Weeks After 117th Birthday

Japan's Misao Okawa was widowed in 1931

(Newser) - The world's oldest person, a Japanese woman, died today, a few weeks after celebrating her 117th birthday. Misao Okawa died of heart failure and stopped breathing as relatives and nursing home workers stood by her side and praised her long, healthy life, said Tomohiro Okada, an official at her... More »

How We Keep Track of Those Who Make It to Age 110

Only 72 supercentenarians confirmed to be alive today, all but 2 are women

(Newser) - Making it to 100 is a huge feat—only 1 in 5,000 Americans do. But making it to 110 (and gaining the title supercentenarian) is thousands of times harder—only 1 in 5 million do, according to Time . The volunteer-based Gerontology Research Group has been tracking these elderly elite,... More »

Guatemalan May Be World's Oldest Person at 120

Juana Chox Yac is a new arrival for centenarian researchers

(Newser) - The world may have a surprise new "oldest person," and by a good margin, reports AFP . A daily newspaper in Guatemala reports that a woman named Juana Chox Yac has a government birth certificate that puts her age at 120. That would make her four years older than... More »

5 Reasons This Man Probably Isn't 123 Years Old

For starters, Carmelo Flores Laura is a man

(Newser) - It's the kind of story you really want to believe: According to Bolivia's public records, Carmelo Flores Laura turned 123 years old last month, making him the oldest living person ever documented. CNN , however, advises you take the news with a grain—or spoonful—of salt, this after... More »

World's Oldest Man Is 112-Year-Old American

Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez lives in upstate New York

(Newser) - A 112-year-old self-taught musician, coal miner, and gin rummy aficionado from western New York is the world's oldest man, according to Guinness World Records. Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez claimed the title when Jiroemon Kimura died last month at age 116. (The world's oldest person is a woman, 115-year-old Misao Okawa... More »

'Oldest Person' Title Changes Every .65 Years

Because mathematicians wanted to know, that's why

(Newser) - The headline crops up every so often, one about the "oldest person in the world" dying. But only a mathematician or someone in a macabre betting pool would wonder exactly how often, and that's what prompted the site Stackexchange to put the question to its math-loving readership. The... More »

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