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Half of U.S. Babies Living Today May Reach 100
Date:10/2/2009

eople living longer lives.

"If people in their 60s and early 70s worked much more than they do nowadays, then most people could work fewer hours per week than is currently common -- if they worked correspondingly more years of their longer lives," the authors stated.

"Preliminary evidence suggests that shortened working weeks over extended working lives might further contribute to increases in life expectancy and health. Redistribution of work will, however, not be sufficient to meet the coming challenges. Even if the health of individuals at any particular age improves, there could be an increased total burden if the number of individuals at that age rises sufficiently," the researchers concluded.

Strokes are among the health problems that may become more common as human life expectancy increases, because people over 80 are particularly susceptible to stroke. Despite that increased risk, routine stroke interventions are underused in the very elderly, even though such interventions could be very effective in this age group, University of Southern California researchers Dr. Nerses Sanossian and Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele explained in an article that appears online and in the November print issue of The Lancet Neurology.

"With the rapidly growing population of individuals above 80 years, future stroke trials need to include the very elderly to facilitate ready generalizability of results and to convince skeptical clinicians that all patients with stroke should benefit from prompt evidence-based treatment, regardless of age," they wrote.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about life expectancy in the United States.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCES: The Lancet, The Lancet Neurology,
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