December 20, 2007 |
Holiday cooking means breaking out an arsenal of ingredients that hardly see the outside of the pantry for the rest of the year. Or maybe years. Should you really use that brown sugar you bought four years ago? Is it OK that last year's allspice looks a little crusty? This year, instead of stressing, use this guide to help determine whether you can still use those holiday holdovers and everyday staples.
August 20, 2011 |
After last week's column, several readers wrote in to suggest that perhaps I could not tell the difference between Audrina Patridge and Whitney Port, two airheads from MTV's docudrama The Hills . Guilty. But in my own defense, I don't think Patridge and Port can either. Anyway, from here on out, I have an alibi for any and all errors: I'm in a terrible hurry due to the fact that I don't have much time left on this Earth. A study released by Australian researchers this week finds that TV watching after age 25 dramatically reduces life expectancy.
March 17, 2011 |
ATLANTA - U.S. life expectancy has hit another all-time high, rising above 78 years. The estimate of 78 years, 2 months is for a baby born in 2009 and comes from a preliminary report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 2.4 million people died in the United States in 2009 - roughly 36,000 fewer deaths than the previous year. Deaths were down for a range of causes, from heart disease to homicide, so experts don't think there is one simple explanation for the increase in life expectancy.
June 7, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - The gap in life expectancy between black and white Americans is smaller than it has ever been, thanks largely to a decline in the number of deaths resulting from heart disease and HIV infection, a new analysis has found. The bad news is that the gap is still large: A black baby boy born today can expect to live 5.4 fewer years, on average, than his white counterpart, and a black baby girl will die 3.7 years earlier, on average, than her white counterpart. What's more, the narrowing of the gap between 2003 and 2008 is due in part to a troubling development among whites: They are more likely than in the past to die from overdoses of prescription medications like OxyContin and Vicodin, along with other unintentional poisonings.
January 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The United States suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, due in part to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home in a place that is often unlocked, according to a report released Wednesday by two of the nation's leading health-research institutions. Gun violence is just one of many factors contributing to lower U.S. life expectancy, but the finding took on urgency because the report comes less than a month after the shooting deaths of 26 people at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
March 27, 2005 |
The nation's latest mortality statistics show that men are catching up to women in the life expectancy race, or it could be that women are simply slowing down. But the good news from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released the preliminary report earlier this month, is that life expectancy for all Americans, male and female, has reached an all-time high. Data announced by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics listed life expectancy at 77.6 years in 2003, the most current figure, up from 77.3 in 2002.
March 25, 1999 |
The news that humans' life span might be doubled in the next century is cause for sober and deliberate contemplation. Dr. Gregory Stock of the School of Medicine at UCLA, encouraged by experimental successes with roundworms and fruit flies, bats and canaries, and mice of different sizes, impaneled his colleagues in the allied sciences to discuss what one attendee calls "the big enchilada" - the prospect of humans reconfigured to live 150 or 200 years....
March 6, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A new study offers more evidence that life expectancy for some U.S. women is falling, a disturbing trend that experts can't explain. The latest research found that women younger than 76 are dying at higher rates than in previous years in nearly half of the nation's counties - many of them rural and in the South and West. For men, life expectancy has held steady or improved in nearly all counties. The study is the latest to spot this pattern, especially among disadvantaged white women.
March 20, 2013 |
As we've known for some time, life expectancy in the United States is lower than in nearly every other developed country. What we haven't known is why - and the reasons are starting to look far less simple than, say, a disjointed health-care system. Although life expectancy is expressed as an old age - 75.6 years for American men born in 2007, 80.8 years for women - much of the difference between the United States and other nations is due to what happens earlier. "We die more at younger ages," says Jessica Y. Ho, whose study of the gap in mortality for those under age 50 was published this month in Health Affairs . For men, those younger deaths accounted for 67 percent of the shortfall in U.S. life expectancy compared with an average of 16 other high-income nations.
September 6, 1995 |
When demographer James Vaupel's daughter, Anna, was born in 1984, he ran some calculations: Anna, and American girls like her, would live to age 100. S. Jay Olshansky's daughter, Jessica, was born the same year. When Olshansky, also a demographer, read of Vaupel's research, he made his own estimate: Jessica and her peers had a life expectancy of merely 85. Little Jessica wasn't too happy when she learned about the predictions. "Daddy," she told her father, "I hope your friend's right.