Air pollution cuts 2 years off life expectancy

A new study quantifies the effect air pollution has on human life expectancy around the world. It's not good news, researchers report.

U. Chicago • futurity
Aug. 11, 2020 ~7 min

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Places with lots of fast food have shorter life expectancy

Areas of the US with more fast food, lots of oil and gas extraction jobs, and higher population density have lower life expectancy, new research shows.

Kristen Devlin-Penn State • futurity
March 9, 2020 ~6 min

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More education may mean a longer life expectancy

Education is the best way to predict life expectancy, researchers report. The more education people have, the longer they tend to live.

Bill Hathaway-Yale • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~4 min

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Official drug death stats are off by half

"The basic records being kept are annual reports on the number of deaths from drug overdose. But that's only part of the picture."

Michele Berger-Penn • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~5 min

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Ageism can shorten life expectancy

Ageism can have real consequences for the health of older people, including shorter life expectancy and reduced access to health care, researchers say.

Michael Greenwood-Yale • futurity
Jan. 16, 2020 ~3 min

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Catching vision issues early could mean more healthy years

Detecting and managing hearing and vision impairments early on could help older adults live more years in good health.

Duke-NUS • futurity
Aug. 15, 2019 ~5 min

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When is it time for seniors to forgo cancer screening?

New research tackles a tough conversation for older adults and their health providers: When does life expectancy make cancer screening unwise?

Johns Hopkins University • futurity
July 3, 2019 ~10 min

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More policing alone can’t stop gun-related deaths

Years lost from fatal gun injuries differ by race, research finds, which suggests interventions need to vary, as well.

Boston University • futurity
Dec. 27, 2018 ~5 min

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