Drop in Air Pollution Increases Swedish Life Expectancy

Drop in Air Pollution Increases Swedish Life Expectancy


New research has found that those living in the Swedish cities of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö live on average one year longer today than 25 years ago thanks to a decrease in the level of traffic pollution.

Carried out by researchers at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Analytical Chemistry (ACES), the team looked at results from measurement stations located in the center of each city which tracked the levels of nitrogen oxides, ozone and particles in the air from 1990 to 2015.  > >> read more ...

Why American Life Expectancy is Growing

Why American Life Expectancy is Growing


Americans appear to be aging slower than they used to, which may help explain recent gains in life expectancy, researchers say.

The researchers compared how biological age changed in the United States compared to age in years (chronological age). For the study, the investigators looked at national health surveys conducted 1988-1994 and 2007-2010.

“This is the first evidence we have of delayed ‘aging’ among a national sample of Americans,” study senior author Eileen Crimmins said in a University of Southern California news release. Crimmins is a professor of gerontology at USC. > >> read more ...

US Has Highest Health Costs, Lowest Life Expectancy

US Has Highest Health Costs, Lowest Life Expectancy


The U.S. spends about twice what other high-income nations do on healthcare but has the lowest life expectancy and the highest infant mortality rates, a new study suggests.

More doctor visits and hospital stays aren’t the problem. Americans use roughly the same amount of health services as people in other affluent nations, the study found.

Instead, health spending may be higher in the U.S. because prices are steeper for drugs, medical devices, physician and nurse salaries and administrative costs to process medical claims, researchers report in JAMA. > >> read more ...

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