Stories tagged life expectancy

A 30-hour day?

by Gene on Apr. 25th, 2010

Who wouldn't like to have more hours in a day? Well, now you can -- sort of. A study by Duke University researchers has found that over the last 170 years, life expectancy in advanced countries has increased at a rate of 2.5 years per decade -- or an average of 6 hours a day! Just think -- since you sang Auld Lang Syne last New Year's Eve, medical advances have increased your life expectancy by 29 days. What are you going to do with all that spare time?

Earlier this month, we posted about the huge increase in federal taxes on cigarettes and how they are spurring on more people to quit smoking. Smoking opponents point out that smokers incur increased costs for medical care, so such a tax hike is warranted. But non-smokers live, on average, ten years longer than non-smokers and incur added government costs for Medicare, Social Security and other programs. This study says that every pack of cigarettes purchased, and the resulting long-term consequences, saves the federal government 32 cents. What do you think?


As the Pioneer Press reports (and as was noted here earlier), life expectancy in the US continues to rise. The average American can now expect to live 77.6 years.

But how far can we push it? 100 years? 120? The Sunday Times of London offers a survey of current research and suggests that, at the rate medical science is advancing, it's possible that some children alive today may live a thousand years or more!


Life expectancy in the US hit a new high on Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that the average American now lives 77.6 years. This is the highest figure ever recorded.

The mortality rate for the two biggest killers—cancer and heart disease—both fell. On average, women still live longer than men, though the gaps is shrinking. And, for reasons that are not explained, people in Hawaii live the longest. Must be all the surfing.