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Life expectancy is the expected (in the statistical sense) number of years of life remaining at a given age. It is denoted by e''x'', which means the average number of subsequent years of life for someone now aged ''x'', according to a particular mortality experience.
Patient with mechanical heart pump receives new gene therapy for heart failure

Patient with mechanical heart pump receives new gene therapy for heart failure

For the first time in the world, a patient with a mechanical heart pump has received a new gene therapy for heart failure at Harefield Hospital, London. [More]
Patients treated with drug for type 2 diabetes can live longer than people without the condition

Patients treated with drug for type 2 diabetes can live longer than people without the condition

Patients treated with a drug widely prescribed for type 2 diabetes can live longer than people without the condition, a large-scale study involving over 180,000 people has shown. [More]
Improving nutrition is essential for promoting Aboriginal health

Improving nutrition is essential for promoting Aboriginal health

Nutrition has not been given enough priority in national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy in recent years. [More]
Racial differences in life expectancy vary substantially across U.S. states

Racial differences in life expectancy vary substantially across U.S. states

Racial differences in life expectancy have declined nationally but still vary substantially across U.S. states, according to a new study by McGill University researchers. [More]
Findings support regular mammography screening in women ages 75 and older

Findings support regular mammography screening in women ages 75 and older

Mammography-detected breast cancer is associated with a shift to earlier stage diagnosis in older women, subsequently reducing the rate of more advanced, difficult-to-treat cases, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. [More]
New clinical trial tests use of gold nanoparticles for treating solid tumors in dogs and cats

New clinical trial tests use of gold nanoparticles for treating solid tumors in dogs and cats

When Michael and Sandra Friedlander first came to the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine three years ago with their dog, Grayton, they learned some bad news: Grayton had nasal adenocarcinoma, a form of cancer with a short life expectancy. [More]
Updated guidelines for prostate cancer survivorship care published in Journal of Men's Health

Updated guidelines for prostate cancer survivorship care published in Journal of Men's Health

Many of the more than 2.5 million men in the U.S. who have received treatment for prostate cancer deal with the often disabling side effects of surgery and radiation and hormonal therapies. [More]

New study evaluates relationship between family policies, gender inequalities in health in Europe

A new study of the European project SOPHIE has evaluated the relationship between the type of family policies and gender inequalities in health in Europe. [More]
Research roundup: ACA lawsuit primer; ACA strategies in 4 states; competitive plans for those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

Research roundup: ACA lawsuit primer; ACA strategies in 4 states; competitive plans for those eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the ACA, but that did not end attacks against the law. Since the decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, objecting parties have filed more than 100 cases in federal courts nationwide. [More]
Mortality rates decrease for hip and knee replacement surgeries in older patients

Mortality rates decrease for hip and knee replacement surgeries in older patients

Over the past decade, a greater number of patients, age 80 and older, are having elective orthopaedic surgery. [More]
Study: 27% of hospice patients still take antibiotics in the final week of their life

Study: 27% of hospice patients still take antibiotics in the final week of their life

New research suggests that use of antibiotics is still prevalent among terminal patients who have chosen hospice care as an end-of-life option, despite little evidence that the medications improve symptoms or quality of life, and sometimes may cause unwanted side effects. [More]
Baxter International acquires drug candidate developed to treat sickle cell disease

Baxter International acquires drug candidate developed to treat sickle cell disease

A drug candidate developed by researchers at the NIH's National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and its collaborators to treat sickle cell disease has been acquired by Baxter International's BioScience business. [More]
Older kidney donors enjoy similar life expectancy as people who did not donate their kidneys

Older kidney donors enjoy similar life expectancy as people who did not donate their kidneys

Previous studies linking older age with kidney and heart disease have raised concerns about the safety of living kidney donation among older adults. [More]
National prevention strategy for a healthy lifestyle

National prevention strategy for a healthy lifestyle

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disorders - the incidence of these non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is constantly rising in industrialised countries. [More]
Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at young age

Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at young age

Adults with extreme obesity have increased risks of dying at a young age from cancer and many other causes including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases, according to results of an analysis of data pooled from 20 large studies of people from three countries. [More]
Fabry disease awareness: an interview with Dr. Hartmann Wellhoefer, Head of Medical Affairs, Rare Disease, Shire

Fabry disease awareness: an interview with Dr. Hartmann Wellhoefer, Head of Medical Affairs, Rare Disease, Shire

Lysosomes are subcellular organelles that are present in most cells, with the major exception of red blood cells. [More]
Study documents impact of behavioural factors on life expectancy

Study documents impact of behavioural factors on life expectancy

Live longer thanks to fruit, an active lifestyle, limited alcohol and no cigarettes. This is the conclusion of a study by public health physicians at the University of Zurich who documented for the first time the impact of behavioural factors on life expectancy in numbers. The results are to be taken over into prevention and health counselling in primary care. [More]
Study examines whether men who ride have higher risk of erectile dysfunction, infertility, prostate cancer

Study examines whether men who ride have higher risk of erectile dysfunction, infertility, prostate cancer

Cycling is a popular activity that offers clear health benefits, but there is an ongoing controversy about whether men who ride have a higher risk of urogenital disorders such as erectile dysfunction, infertility, or prostate cancer. [More]
DFG to establish five new Research Units to pursue current issues in research areas

DFG to establish five new Research Units to pursue current issues in research areas

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) is establishing five new Research Units. [More]
HIV-positive people with early-stage cancer less likely to get cancer treatment

HIV-positive people with early-stage cancer less likely to get cancer treatment

HIV-infected people diagnosed with cancer are two to four times more likely to go untreated for their cancer compared to uninfected cancer patients, according to a new, large retrospective study from researchers in Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. [More]