Archive for life expectancy

Report: U.S. health and life expectancy is lousy compared with peer nations. Guns are a factor.


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We the People suck at staying alive, let alone healthy, compared to our peer nations around the world, according to a report from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine.

We live shorter lives and are in worse health than those in other wealthy nations. USA! USA!

L.A. Times:

The analysis of international health data, available here, determined that American men had the lowest life expectancy among men in 17 countries, including wealthy European nations, Australia, Canada and Japan. U.S. women had the second-lowest life expectancy (only Danish women fared worse.)

The study listed nine health areas in which Americans came in below average: infant mortality and low birth weight, injuries and homicides, adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS, drug-related deaths, obesity and diabetes, heart disease, chronic lung disease and disability.

But chin up! Turn that frown upside down! The U.S. has low cancer death rates and did well when it came to controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Let's hear it for those incessant Big Pharma Tee Vee ads, ladies and gents!

But here's the part that stuck out like a very sore thumb:

Gun use emerged as a factor: Americans were seven times more likely to die in a homicide and 20 times more likely to die in a shooting than their peers.

D'oh! Someone get the NRA on the phone, stat! We need to let them in on this! Oh, but I kid. Especially in light of proof that carrying a gun won’t protect you in a crisis, a factoid which falls on deaf NRA ears, because they want guns in every single school in 'Murika!

Again, the U.S. has the highest gun ownership per capita in the world. Instead, we have far more gun-related killings than any other developed country.

Marketing and selling more guns (thank you NRA) is not the solution.

Here's an interactive graphic where you can compare the U.S. ranking with the peer countries on specific causes of death.


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VIDEO: Income growth & life expectancy of 200 countries in 200 years in 4 minutes


Su. Perb:

More about this programme:

Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's commentator's style to reveal the story of the world's past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before - using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of 'The Joy of Stats' he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.

H/t: TPM


In U.S., Latinos outliving whites and blacks


Someone get the smelling salts ready for Buchanan.

U.S. Latinos can expect to outlive whites by more than two years and blacks by more than seven, government researchers say in a startling report that is the first to calculate Latino life expectancy in this country.

The report released Wednesday is the strongest evidence yet of what some experts call the “Hispanic paradox” — longevity for a population with a large share of poor, undereducated members. A leading theory is that Latinos who manage to immigrate to the U.S. are among the healthiest from their countries.

A Latino born in 2006 could expect to live about 80 years and seven months, the government estimates. Life expectancy for a white person is about 78, and for a black person, just shy of 73 years.

Researchers have seen signs of Latino longevity for years. But until recently, the government didn’t calculate life expectancy for Latinos as a separate group; they were included among the black and white populations.


So...Republicans are for shorter life expectancy?


Most Americans think health care reform didn't go far enough. But no matter what evidence there is to that effect, the GOP will still be screaming,"Repeal 'Obamacare'!".

Well, maybe they're right.

Repeal it and replace it with a single payer system:

Life expectancy is shorter in the United States compared with other wealthy nations because of its health care system -- and not obesity, smoking, homicide or vehicle accidents, according to a study out Thursday. [...]

But by 1990, the United States fell to 46th in the world for women's longevity, and by 2010 it ranked 49th for male and female life expectancy combined. [...]

The researchers compared 15-year survival at age 45 and older, risk factors and per capita health care spending in the United States with Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

All the comparison countries have universal health coverage, albeit with very different systems.

Why don't Republicans want us to have a longer life expectancy?