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Questions tagged [life-expectancy]

A method of summarising collective health within a group by calculating the average time members are expected to remain alive. Most used at the country level where the statistic is how long a newborn child is expected to live if current rates of death remain constant.

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Does this dog food double the lifespan of dogs?

Burt Ward -- 'Robin' from the 1960s Batman TV series -- has started a dog food company. In a recent promotional article, he claimed: "We've made a food where we have doubled and tripled the ...
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Are records of people's deaths and births from ancient times wildly unreliable? [closed]

In comments below this question: Did people in ancient times, who survived childhood and were not killed in wars, have roughly the same chance to reach old age as contemporary people? an example list ...
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Did people in ancient times, who survived childhood and were not killed in wars, have roughly the same chance to reach old age as contemporary people?

During an academic course on the history of biology there was a lecture dedicated to ancient Greek philosophers. I noticed that surprisingly many of these philosophers reached age considered advanced ...
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Do people with mental illnesses die equal to other health issues?

I have often heard having a serious mental illness it worse than diabetes and smoking. Mental illness is 'as bad for life expectancy as smoking', experts warn Mental illness is 'as bad for life ...
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Has anybody overdosed on marijuana and died?

I'm sure we've all heard the saying you can't overdose (and die) on marijuana. Is this true? Have people died from smoking marijuana? Some notable claims (out of thousands) Leaf Science In fact, ...
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Is life expectancy “stalling” in the UK?

On Prime Minister's Question Time, recently (19 July 2017), Jeremy Corbyn claimed: "Life expectancy stalling for the first time in 100 years" To which the Prime Minister's response: "The right ...
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Has anyone used yoga to live for supernatural lengths of time?

According to this commentary on the Bhagavata Purana by Swami Prabhupada: By controlling the breath, the perfect yogī can continue his life for as long as he likes. Sometimes we hear from the Vedic ...
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Did Galen Winsor swim in a spent fuel pool of a nuclear power plant?

It is claimed here from minute 50 onwards. Also he claims that he drank 2l of the water and that he ate some uranium.
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Is the average lifespan of a trans woman 30-32 years?

A popular post on Tumblr (over 150,000 notes) makes the claim that: yall realize the average lifespan for a trans woman is 30-32 years.. and that is largely because of hate crimes resulting in ...
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Do geniuses die younger? If yes, why? [closed]

Why do geniuses have shorter life spans? Perhaps it is because the brain is overworked and obsessive, which causes the body to be neglected and unhealthy. Or is it just a myth that geniuses die young?
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Do homosexuals have a shorter life expectancy than heterosexuals?

I've heard a few people claim this. Have any reputable studies concluded that homosexuals live, on average, significantly shorter than heterosexuals?
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Is the average life expectancy of an pornographic actor significantly lower than the rest of the population?

The Pink Cross Foundation, an anti-porn organisation, which seems to use this analysis by Rev. Daniel R. Jennings as a reference, says: ...the average life expectancy of a porn performer is only 36....
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Do small dogs live longer than large dogs?

I thought small dogs lived longer than large dogs, then I stumbled on this answer about heart beats and longevity. In the following table: Large dogs are said to live longer than small dogs. Which ...
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Are there more than 50,000 people in Japan over 100 years old?

I recently read this article and although majority of the items are believable, #5 is really shocking. Is it true that there are more than 50,000 alive people in Japan already over 100?
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Is life expectancy of an Amish person same as average in US?

Amish website claims: What is the average life expectancy of Amish men and women and what is the number one cause of death in the Amish communities? It is the same as for all persons in ...
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Are actuarial life expectancy tables based on information that is 40 years out of date?

I was chatting to some older folks today that had recently attended a "retirement course" (i.e. a course that teaches you about retirement and what to expect etc.). One of the presenters apparently ...
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Life expectancy of girls born after 1970

At http://www.gero.uni-heidelberg.de/forschung/hd100.html I read - in German - that among the (western) girls born after 1970 50% will reach the age of 100. Is this plausible? (My wife is born in ...
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Can some species of jellyfish live forever?

I came accross one of those top 10 video today on youtube (while I remember trying to learn more about particle filter...) and it was about the longest living creatures. I already knew lobster and ...
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Do folks who live with a pet have a longer life?

I have heard many times that if you keep a pet, you tend to live longer. I have many friends and family members whom have pets and no pets, and I can't seem to see a pattern. Could the environmental, ...
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Do married people live longer than single people?

It is a common belief that married people live longer than single people. For example, The Telegraph reports: Men and women who are married or in long-term relationships are more likely to ...
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Is a short-term fast beneficial for maintaining good health and extending life expectancy?

This is claimed in Sweden's second-biggest newspaper. My translation: "I have started to short-term fast.[...] The reason is that lots of world leading scientists that study aging and the brain ...
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Do solar cycles influence life expectancy?

In a paper describing the effects of radiation on the human genome at peaks of solar cycles it is claimed: Those born in peaks of solar cycles lived an average of 1.5 years (CL 1.3-1.7) less than ...
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Can a lower core temperature, lower caloric intake and low blood pressure prolong life?

In Season 4, episode 8 of Torchwood: Miracle Day, a character is said to have prolonged their life (not much, but definitely longer) by keeping their core temperature two degrees lower than normal, ...
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Is this graph of life expectancy pre and post Chernobyl accurate?

Is the following graph of male life expectancy of ex-Soviet states spanning Chernobyl accurate? The source of the graph is a blog post (チェルノブイリ事故後の平均寿命), which according to google translate means "...
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Does flossing your teeth regularly increase your lifespan?

According to Life Tips: Regular flossing, long considered an essential part of daily dental cleansing, has been found to have a positive effect on your life expectancy, increasing it by up to 6 ...
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Does Resveratrol increase human life expectancy?

Resveratrol is a buzz word in health science research. It is hailed as the discovery of “the fountain of youth” . In the past 10 years over 500 medical research studies were performed. These ...
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Do police officers and firefighters have a shorter than average life expectancy?

I have run across several references that mention that police officers and firefighters have a much shorter life expectancy than average. Is this claim true? Are there any reputable studies that have ...
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Does Korean ginseng develop brain efficiency and prolong life?

From Proceeding of the Mini Workshop Southeast Asia Germany Alumni Network (SEAG): "... the Korean ginseng (Panax schinsen) has been well known as a tonic, treatment for Diabetes Mellitus, ...
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Are left-handed people more likely to die younger than right-handed people?

Several sources claim that left-handed people have shorter life-spans: A left-handed academic from North Dakota has revealed that left-handers tend to die younger than right-handers. The "generally"...
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Will eating a lot of junk food shorten your life expectancy?

I just ate an entire medium pepperoni pizza for dinner and my roommate started lecturing me on how I'm gonna die in my 30s. Does eating fatty and sugary foods make your life any shorter?
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Was the world life expectancy only 30 years at 1900?

In this article, About.com article on Life Expectancy they claim: In 1900, the world life expectancy was approximately 30 years I've also the same claim elsewhere. However, this doesn't jibe with ...