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Life Expectancy

News and resources on current life expectancy - lets see how it changes over time

Congratulations - you've survived another year... unfortunately your risk of dying goes up another 9% next year, and every year after that - that's why at the moment you can't beat the exponential risk of death.

Definition: period life expectancy = how long a new-born would live if today's death rates did not change. They should improve over time therefore this is not a prediction of how long a child born today will live for.

Life Expectancy News

World's oldest man credits longevity to pure luck

The Guardian - 05-Apr-2024

John is right that supercentenarians tend to have a long life irrespective of their lifestyle


Juan Vicente Perez, the world's oldest man, dies at 114 in Venezuela

Sky News - 04-Apr-2024

The supercentenarian leaves behind a legacy of hard work, family, and faith


US and UK adults experience higher midlife death rates compared to other nations

Oxford Population Health - 21-Mar-2024

Alarming trends in preventable deaths like drug overdoses, accidents, and suicides


Ray Kurzweil brings his prediction of the technological singularity forward to 2029

Independent - 13-Mar-2024

Also predicts a new era of hybrid humans and the potential to reverse aging within the next five years

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Life Expectancy Resources

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Human Mortality Database (HMD)

World´s leading scientific data resource on mortality in developed countries

What is life expectancy?

Demographer Philip Cohen explains life expectancy with a simple example using real data

British Society for Research on Ageing (BSRA)

Scientific society which promotes and funds research into the biology of ageing

Behavior, Health, and Aging


Book that offers a stimulating array of multiple aspects of the aging process and of factors that affect it written by Stephen B. Manuck

The Secret to Living to 100+? The Blue Zone [Infographic]

Secrets to Living Longer: What We Can Learn from Blue Zones

Life Expectancy graphs and maps

The world map shows the latest data published by the United Nations for life expectancy

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Life Expectancy Blog Posts

Exponential Increase in Mortality and Diseases

Exponential Increase in Mortality and Diseases

The data and science behind the exponential growth in mortality with age

Can love defeat death?

Can love defeat death?

Health and life expectancy are affected by love, sex and marriage

Under 44? Get ready to live forever!

Under 44? Get ready to live forever!

A look at the latest UK life expectancy at 65 statistics - annual increase has been growing since 1960

NICE will have to approve all one-off interventions as life expectancy increases

NICE will have to approve all one-off interventions as life expectancy increases

What to do when quality-adjusted life years could mean many, many years?

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