Opioid drugs — including both legally prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin or illicit fentanyl — are not only killing Americans, they are shortening their overall life spans. Opioids take about 2½ months off our lives, according to a new analysis published in the medical journal JAMA.
Can a cell show its biological age? And is it possible to foresee an animal's lifespan? Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Aging in Cologne discovered a connection between the size of the nucleolus — a tiny structure in the very center of the cell — and life expectancy.
Even as life expectancy is rising in many places across the US, there are some places where lifespans are getting shorter and geographical inequalities are becoming more pronounced, a new study suggested.
Life expectancy in the United States is expected to fall further behind other high-income countries by 2030, new research predicts, a development linked to unmet healthcare needs due to a lack of universal healthcare insurance and financial costs.
People worldwide are living longer, healthier lives. A new study of mortality patterns in humans, monkeys and apes suggests that the last few generations of humans have enjoyed the biggest life expectancy boost in primate history.
Almost half of elderly people don’t have an accurate sense of how much longer they’re likely to live, a problem that may lead some of them to make poorly informed medical decisions, a US study suggests.