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Hans Rosling: The good news of the decade?

Hans Rosling reframes 10 years of UN data with his spectacular visuals, lighting up an astonishing — mostly unreported — piece of front-page-worthy good news. Along the way, he debunks one flawed approach to stats that blots out such vital … Continue reading

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Creating Safer and Kinder Districts to Grow Old

New York City has given pedestrians more time to cross at more than 400 intersections in an effort to make streets safer for older residents. The city has sent yellow school buses, filled not with children but with elderly people, … Continue reading

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Britain faces drink, drugs and obesity health crisis

Figures show large jump in obesity as well as drink and drug-related deaths, although life expectancy continues to rise Britain appears to be in the midst of a health crisis with soaring levels ofobesity and sharp increases in deaths from … Continue reading

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Genes predict living beyond 100

What makes these people live a very long life is not a lack of genetic predisposition to diseases, but rather an enrichment of longevity. Paola Sebastiani, Boston University http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10475018.stm

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Poor in UK dying 10 years earlier than rich, despite years of government action

The life expectancy gap between rich and poor people in England is widening, despite years of government and NHS action, a hard-hitting National Audit Office report reveals today. Extensive efforts have failed to reduce the wide differential, which can still be … Continue reading

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Indians, Envious of U.S. Spill Response, Seethe Over Bhopal

The contrast between the disasters, more than a quarter-century and half a world apart, could not be starker. In 1984, a leak of toxic gas at an American company’s Indian subsidiary killed thousands, injured tens of thousands more and left a … Continue reading

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China’s ageing population

More than three decades after China introduced policies aimed at controlling its population, the country is having to cope with increasing demographic imbalances. One effect is the growing ratio of older to younger people, in turn placing huge pressures on … Continue reading

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The towns where people live the longest

The quest to live longer is one of humanity’s oldest dreams and three isolated communities seem to have stumbled across the answer. So what can they teach us about a longer life? Something remarkable links the remote Japanese island of … Continue reading

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‘Momentum’ on tackling maternal deaths

Campaigners have pledged to keep up pressure on finance ministers to fund efforts to stop women dying in pregnancy and childbirth. Women Deliver president, Jill Sheffield, told meeting delegates that the economic arguments were “dramatic”. It comes after the Bill and Melinda … Continue reading

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Ethiopia in Food Crisis Once More

A set of images from the Big Picture highlighting a recent famine event in Ethiopia: Recent crop failures, drought conditions and the current high price of food have plunged Ethiopia into another food crisis, reminiscent of the famines of 1984-85 … Continue reading

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