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Nothing but a number

A number, is a number, is a number, right? Not so say researchers Shamsher Singh and Beata Bajorek. They're developing a new diagnostic tool that will enable doctors to better define 'elderly' patients and ...

Mar 02, 2015
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The Lancet: 'Ageing well' must be a global priority

A major new Series on health and ageing, published in The Lancet, warns that unless health systems find effective strategies to address the problems faced by an ageing world population, the growing burden of chronic diseas ...

Nov 05, 2014
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Low fat diet sees heart disease rates drop

New Zealanders have never been healthier in terms of heart disease with death rates plummeting since the 1960s, according to cardiac epidemiologist, Professor Rod Jackson.

Oct 09, 2014
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Life expectancy

Life expectancy is the average number of years of life remaining at a given age. The term is most often used in the human context, but used also in plant or animal ecology and the calculation is based on the analysis of life tables (also known as actuarial tables). The term may also be used in the context of manufactured objects although the related term shelf life is used for consumer products. Life expectancy is heavily dependent on the criteria used to select the group. For example, in countries with high infant mortality rates, the life expectancy at birth is highly sensitive to the rate of death in the first few years of life. In these cases, another measure such as life expectancy at age 5 (e5) can be used to exclude the effects of infant mortality to reveal the effects of causes of death other than early childhood causes.

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