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American Life Expectancy Drops

...it’s hard to deny that something truly dire has ensnared a large chunk of the country. In a country as big, complicated, and diverse as the United States, that “something” is actually a great many things, but I would argue they can be broadly summed up by one idea: what I call the “one-bad-break test.” ... In societies that function well, there are various safety nets in place to prevent a bad break from leading to a tailspin for particularly vulnerable victims. Compared to many other rich nations, the U.S. is not such a society — all too often, when vulnerable Americans encounter a bad break, there’s nothing underneath them to stop their slide. Instead, devastation follows, sometimes in the form of bankruptcy and addiction and death.
posted by Bella Donna on Dec 10, 2016 - 60 comments

that’s like adding three more Floridas, inhabited entirely by seniors.

From The Atlantic, “Why I Hope to Die at 75” and “What Happens When We All Live to 100?
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Sep 18, 2014 - 118 comments

It's not Portable Grim Reaper: The Terrifying Stress Watch, but Tikker

Tikker, the happiness watch, has three lines of digits: the first row is the years, the months and the days, and the second row is the hours, minutes and seconds. Till you die. (The third row is just the time of day.) To calculate your estimated time of death, you simply punch in a few details: your age, sex, country of origin, whether or not you smoke, stress level, similar to other life expectancy calculators. The idea is not to haunt people with a little grim reaper on their wrist, but to make them value life more, maybe even become more generous, though terror management theory studies have shown thoughts of death make people xenophobic. There may be another slew of studies in the future, once the watches are available.
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 1, 2014 - 46 comments

How would you have died in 1769?

Spin the wheel to see what manner of highly unpleasant death might have befallen you in the past. The "tool serves up causes of death in proportion to how many lives they claimed in the chosen year." Consumption? Childbed? Plague? Putrid fever? Test your fate; you may decide time travel doesn't sound like such a cool idea after all.
posted by Annie Savoy on Sep 5, 2013 - 75 comments

What's Killing Poor White Women?

For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise—but not for uneducated white women. They have lost five years, and no one knows why.
posted by Pater Aletheias on Sep 3, 2013 - 99 comments

291 diseases and injuries + 67 risk factors + 1,160 non-fatal complications = 650 million estimates of how we age, sicken, and die

As humans live longer, what ails us isn't necessarily what kills us: five data visualizations of how we age, sicken, and die. Causes of death by age, sex, region, and year. Heat map of leading causes and risks by region. Changes in leading causes and risks between 1990 and 2010. Healthy years lost to disability vs. life expectancy in 1990 and 2010. Uncertainties of causes and risks. From the team for the massive Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010. [more inside]
posted by hat on Dec 14, 2012 - 11 comments

from the mightiest pharaohs to the lowliest peasants

Sitting is hazardous to your health. "The research, published in separate medical journals this month, adds to a growing scientific consensus that the more time someone spends sitting, especially in front of the television, the shorter and less robust his or her life may be." [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd on Oct 17, 2012 - 116 comments

Long Live Cheeta

News organizations from around the world are reporting on the death of Cheetah-Mike, the chimp who purportedly played Cheeta, the companion to Johnny Weissmuller’s Tarzan from the MGM and RKO film series of the 30s and 40s. If this is one of the original film Cheetas, it would make Cheetah-Mike, at 80, the longest-lived captive chimp on record. But there’s reason to doubt he’s both that old and was in the films with Weissmuller. First, because this is significantly longer than chimps usually live, and second because this has happened once before.
posted by Toekneesan on Dec 28, 2011 - 34 comments

Is there a market for years?

    "Despite the fact that the US spends more per capita than any other nation on health, eight out of every 10 counties are not keeping pace in terms of health outcomes. That's a staggering statistic."
According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, life expectancy for many US counties fell relative to the world between 2000 and 2007. This Science Daily article gives an overview, and the IHME website has a nice page with links to data and visualizations. Here's the UN's list of countries by life expectancy for 2005-2010 for comparison.
posted by sneebler on Jun 18, 2011 - 31 comments

Virtual Age and Life Expectancy Calculator

Virtual Age and Life Expectancy Calculator "Your Virtual Age is a reflection of your health and vitality. The lower your Virtual Age the better shape you are in. It is used to calculate the Life Expectancy of someone of your current physical age." [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on May 4, 2008 - 69 comments

Fry me for an oyster

Fried Beyond Belief: You're disgusting. But why shouldn't you be? If Elvis were on the blue today, WWES?
posted by ewkpates on Dec 9, 2004 - 18 comments

Fear the Reaper

How long til you buy the farm? • "The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator© was designed to translate what we have learned from studies of centenarians and other longevity research into a practical and empowering tool for individuals to estimate their longevity potential." Wasn't this on a Futurama episode?
posted by dhoyt on Sep 8, 2004 - 29 comments

Oscar winners live longer

Oscar winners live longer...winning the coveted golden statuette can add four years to your life. BTW, the next article shows that half of heroin addicts die early.
Big surprise: "drugs = bad for ya" and "success = good for ya".
posted by nonharmful on May 15, 2001 - 9 comments

130 Years old!

130 Years old! See! God may not exist, but technology will outpace religion and THEN I will live FOREVER!
posted by tiaka on Sep 29, 2000 - 14 comments

"Basically, you die earlier and spend more time disabled if you're an American rather than a member of most other advanced countries."

"Basically, you die earlier and spend more time disabled if you're an American rather than a member of most other advanced countries."

(Some of you might want to consider moving to Japan -- 74.5 average healthy life expentancy, not to mention cheap and yummy sushi every single day if you felt like it!)
posted by lia on Jun 8, 2000 - 3 comments

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