Tag: Longevity

Shortchanged: Why British Life Expectancy Is Falling

HARTLEPOOL, England — Britons are no longer living longer than before. Just ask Callum Hills. His father died of a heart attack last year at age 52. Mr. Hills had found him stricken on the floor in the middle of the night, and today is still haunted by his memory. “I keep having dreams, and […]

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Another Baseball Mystery: Why Do Players Seem to Live Longer?

Major League Baseball has its problems. Attendance has slipped, fans complain the pace of play has slowed, players are convinced the baseballs are juiced and even the people running it admit its fusty rules could use an upgrade. Yet its players might take comfort in one promising bit of news: they appear to have longer […]

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Cutting 300 Calories a Day Shows Health Benefits

Scientists have long known a fairly reliable way to extend life span in rodents and other lab animals: Reduce the amount of calories they eat by 10 percent to 40 percent. This strategy, known as caloric restriction, has been shown to increase the life span of various organisms and reduce their rate of cancer and […]

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At 75, Taking Care of Mom, 99: ‘We Did Not Think She Would Live This Long’

Not many years ago, Lynda Faye planned to spend her retirement gardening in Amherst, Mass., and visiting her eight grandchildren. Not on the list of golden-years pursuits: caring for a frail elderly parent. Ms. Faye is 75, and her mother, Yetta Meisel, a widow, is 99. The former art teacher fills her days helping her […]

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How Much Nature Is Enough? 120 Minutes a Week, Doctors Say

It’s a medical fact: Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is good for you. A wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighborhood park, hiking through the woods, or spending a weekend by the lake can lower a person’s stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk asthma, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular […]

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Even One Extra Walk a Day May Make a Big Difference

How many steps should people take every day for good health? A new study of activity and mortality in older women finds that the total could be lower than many of us expect and that even small increases in steps can be meaningful. The study also side-eyes the validity, utility and origin of the common […]

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How Much Does Your Education Level Affect Your Health?

ImageNew graduates of Fayetteville State University last month in North Carolina. A college degree is linked to higher life expectancy, but does it cause it?CreditTravis Dove for The New York Times Education is associated with better health outcomes, but trying to figure out whether it actually causes better health is tricky. People with at least […]

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