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US Life Expectancy
Jumps, but There's
Another 'Bleak' Stat
Nov 29, 2023 9:55 AM CST
US Life Expectancy Jumps, but There's Another 'Bleak' Stat
Life expectancy is now 77.5 years, but that boost hasn't recouped pandemic losses
- Fresh stats out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer some good news and some bad news in terms of our collective longevity. "The good news is that life expectancy increased for the first time in two years," the CDC's Elizabeth Arias, a co-author on...
Life Expectancy Gap
Between Sexes Is Growing
Nov 19, 2023 5:35 PM CST
Life Expectancy Gap Between Sexes Is Growing
COVID, overdoses expanded gap to almost 6 years
- On social media, "Why women live longer than men" is a common caption for videos showing all kinds of foolish stunts. But the real answer for the large—and growing—gap in life expectancy is grimmer, researchers say. According to a study published in the journal
JAMA Internal Medicine
Life Expectancy Is Falling,
and Maybe Not Why You Think
Oct 7, 2023 5:05 PM CDT
Life Expectancy Is Falling, and Maybe Not Why You Think
It's not the pandemic, gun violence, or opioids—it's chronic illness, explains the 'Washington Post'
- Life expectancy in the US is going in the wrong direction . It peaked at 78.9 years back in 2014 and has been declining ever since, with the most recent figure at 76.4 years. You can't blame the pandemic, because the trend was in place well before that,...
Is Hurting Life
Apr 12, 2023 7:35 PM CDT
Misinformation Is Hurting Life Expectancy: FDA Chief
Robert Califf says Americans are being misled on more than COVID
- Life expectancy is the US has been declining , including in relation to comparable high-income countries, and one federal official says part of the reason is the recent explosion of misinformation. "Why aren’t we using medical products as effectively and efficiently as our peer countries?" Robert Califf, commissioner of...
US Life Expectancy Falls
for Second Year in a Row
Dec 22, 2022 8:32 AM CST
US Life Expectancy Falls for Second Year in a Row
COVID, overdoses were main culprits in 2021's figures, CDC says
- More than 20 years of gradual increases in American life expectancy have been wiped out by the twin plagues of COVID-19 and opioid overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency has released its final estimates for 2021, and "it's not a good year...
US Life Expectancy
Aug 31, 2022 1:31 AM CDT
US Life Expectancy Plunges, Again
Last comparable decrease was during WWII
- US life expectancy dropped for the second consecutive year in 2021, falling by nearly a year from 2020, according to a government report being released Wednesday. In the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the estimated American lifespan has shortened by nearly three years. The last comparable decrease happened...
Men, Don't Throw in the Towel
on Longevity Quite Yet
Aug 3, 2022 2:57 PM CDT
Men, Don't Throw in the Towel on Longevity Quite Yet
Despite lower life expectancy, guys still have 'substantial chance of outliving females,' per study
- It's long been suggested that women outlive the men in their lives, but new research suggests that may be an oversimplified conclusion. Danish scientists who looked at the bigger picture found that the guys, especially those with a ring on their finger or who hold a college degree, might...
Latest Drop in Life Expectancy
Hit White People the Hardest
Apr 8, 2022 11:40 AM CDT
Latest Drop in Life Expectancy Hit White People the Hardest
It fell in 2021 for the second year in a row
- After 2020 saw the biggest one-year decline in US life expectancy since World War II, researchers hoped COVID vaccines would reverse the trend in 2021. Instead, life expectancy dropped for the second year in a row, according to a new study . Researchers say a 1.9-year drop in life expectancy...
US Life Expectancy Plunge
Is 'Basically Catastrophic'
Jul 21, 2021 12:54 AM CDT
US Life Expectancy Plunge Is 'Basically Catastrophic'
It fell by 1.5 years last year, even more for Black and Hispanic Americans
- US life expectancy fell by a year and a half in 2020, the largest one-year decline since World War II, public health officials said Wednesday. The decrease for both Black Americans and Hispanic Americans was even worse: three years. The drop spelled out by the Centers for Disease Control and...
on the HIV Front
Jul 10, 2021 9:30 AM CDT
Good News on the HIV Front
Those with virus who receive treatment have same life expectancy as those without: researchers
- Patients who tested positive for HIV used to fear a "certain death sentence," as there's no cure for the virus, per HealthDay News . New research puts those fears to rest, with scientists saying that those with HIV in the US can now expect a similar life expectancy...
'Huge Decline' in
Feb 18, 2021 5:08 AM CST
CDC Reports 'Huge Decline' in Life Expectancy
It's down by a full year, according to data from the first half of 2020
- Life expectancy in the United States dropped a staggering one year during the first half of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic caused its first wave of deaths, health officials are reporting. Minorities suffered the biggest impact, with Black Americans losing nearly three years and Hispanics nearly two years, according to...
Life Expectancy Has Dived,
With Huge Racial Disparities
Jan 15, 2021 10:00 AM CST
Life Expectancy Has Dived, With Huge Racial Disparities
2020 has seen the biggest US life expectancy drop in decades, researchers say
- The pandemic cut the average life expectancy of Americans by more than a year in 2020, the largest single-year decline in more than 40 years, according to a study released Thursday. The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that based on provisional estimates of...
CDC: COVID Could Kill
92K in the Next 3 Weeks
Jan 15, 2021 7:40 AM CST
CDC: COVID Could Kill 92K in the Next 3 Weeks
1 in 3 LA County residents has been infected
- While the start of mass vaccinations means that the end of the pandemic could be on the horizon, some brutal months lie ahead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Thursday. Some 38,000 Americans died from COVID-19 in the first two weeks of 2021—almost 10% of the...
US Life Expectancy Rises
for First Time in 4 Years
Jan 30, 2020 9:46 AM CST
US Life Expectancy Rises for First Time in 4 Years
Cancer, overdose deaths fell in 2018
- Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years. The increase is small—just a month—but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses, the AP reports. "...
Johnson's Role in Brexit
Predicted 22 Years Ago
Dec 25, 2019 10:00 AM CST
Johnson's Role in Brexit Predicted 22 Years Ago
Too bad flying cars are still a ways off
- We're nearly a fifth of the way into the 21st century with no flying cars in sight. That's one prediction for the year 2020 that's gone by the wayside. But other predictions—from Brexit to fitness trackers to self-driving cars—turned out to be right on the...
'Bleak' New Report on
Life Expectancy Is Out
Nov 26, 2019 7:26 PM CST
'Bleak' New Report on Life Expectancy Is Out
More Americans are dying young
- The Journal of the American Medical Association is out with a new report on US life expectancy and mortality rates that LiveScience calls "alarming" and the
calls "strikingly bleak": It found, among other things, that the highest relative jump in death rates from 2010 to 2017,...
Here's How Long
Spend in Nature
Jun 14, 2019 10:02 AM CDT
Here's How Long You Should Spend in Nature
2 hours a week appears to bring health benefits, say researchers
- If you've noticed you feel better after spending time communing with Mother Nature, you're not imagining it, say researchers—and there's a sweet spot in terms of what amount of time confers the most benefits. Figure about two hours a week. Time spent outside has been tied...
New US Life Expectancy
Statistics Are 'Sobering'
Nov 29, 2018 6:46 AM CST
New US Life Expectancy Statistics Are 'Sobering'
Life expectancy has fallen for a 3rd year in a row
- In 1918, the double whammy of World War I and the worldwide flu pandemic drove down American life expectancy for a third year in a row. A century later, another triple-year decline has been recorded—and this time, suicide and drug overdoses are major causes. According to the Centers for...
This Country Will Overtake
Japan in Life Expectancy
Oct 18, 2018 2:47 PM CDT
This Country Will Overtake Japan in Life Expectancy
Spain predicted to sit atop the rankings by 2040
- A new study looking at how life expectancy around the world will have changed by 2040 holds bad news for the US: Of all the high-income countries, the US will take the biggest drop, falling from 43rd place in 2016 to 64th place; the average US life expectancy in 2040...
Man in Charge of
US Mortality Stats
Is 'Really Alarmed'
Dec 21, 2017 5:03 AM CST
Man in Charge of US Mortality Stats Is 'Really Alarmed'
Life expectancy drops for second year in a row
- Robert Anderson, mortality statistics chief at the National Center for Health Statistics says he's "not prone to dramatic statements"—but he thinks we should be "really alarmed" by the finding that Americans' life expectancy has gone down for the second year in a row. The average...
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