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....At the moment the government plans to make people born after March 1961 wait until they are 67 before they qualify for the state pension age and those born after March 1977 retire at 68. A report by the former CBI boss, John Cridland, commissioned by the government argues that increasing life expectancy means everyone needs to work for longer. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Pensions triple lock: what you need to know image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of April 2017 01:39:07 PM
....At the moment the government plans to make people born after March 1961 wait until they are 67 before they qualify for the state pension age and those born after March 1977 retire at 68. A report by the former CBI boss, John Cridland, commissioned by the government argues that increasing life expectancy means everyone needs to work for longer. ...
Having enough money is key to happy retirement image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 9th of April 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Older people and those in poor health should be able to raise more, as their life expectancy is lower. ...
Ensure your pension numbers still add up image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of April 2017 08:18:00 AM
.... . “Financial planning used to be based on a typical life expectancy of 80. ...
Pensioners' life expectancy falls back image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of March 2017 09:52:02 AM
. The average life expectancy of men and women at the age of 65 has fallen in the past three years, suggests data published by the actuarial profession. ...
State pension age must rise again, says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 06:11:18 AM
.... He called for the SPA to rise to 68 over a two-year period starting in 2037 and ending in 2039. Cridland’s report said an increase to 68 had already been legislated for in the Pensions Act 2007, but since then life expectancy projections had changed. ...
State pension age could be raised to 70, says report image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 23rd of March 2017 12:05:44 AM
....The government is due to make a decision on both reports by May. Ministers are under pressure to address the expected rise in the cost of pensions, which stems from longer life expectancy and the increasing ratio of pensioners to workers. ...
Number of women working past 70 in UK doubles in four years image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 01:05:53 PM
Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 20th of March 2017 08:43:03 AM
.... But the report also tries to analyse statistics to explain why one country is happier than another. It looks at factors including economic strength (measured in GDP per capita), social support, life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity, and perceived corruption. ...
Smokers could earn £3,839 after quitting for just a year, figures reveal image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 08:38:00 AM
.... . They could also cut the cost of life insurance – generally twice as high for smokers because of lower life expectancy: “Even social smokers who spark up just a few times a year pay the full loading. ...
State pension age will be higher than life expectancy if 'triple lock' not axed, say MPs image
....5 years-old by 2060, according to the Commons Work and Pensions Committee. That is higher than the current average male life expectancy in 162 neighbourhoods in Scotland and 26 neighbourhoods in England, including in Blackpool, Manchester, Teesside, Leicester, East London and the Wirral. ...
State pension age 'could rise above lifespan' in poorer areas, say MPs image
....5 years by 2060. But the committee's research found that in deprived areas of England and Scotland, male life expectancy was below that level. ...
Raising pension age will mean many people die before getting it, say MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of February 2017 07:01:21 AM
....5 years by 2060 to make the triple lock affordable, “meaning today’s young would face working lives of over 50 years before receiving a state pension”. It added: “Making the triple lock sustainable would mean pushing the state pension age over average life expectancy in poorer areas of the UK”. ...
Five minute guide to making your pension last longer  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
....The rule states that if you withdraw no more than 4 per cent of your pension each year, your pot should never run out. However, experts say the rule no longer works, because of rising life expectancy and record low interest rates. ...
Life insurance: Why it now pays to be healthy image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
....With term assurance and whole-oflife, you have to undertake a medical and premiums will depend on personal factors such as your age, state of health and whether you smoke. Term assurance is particularly cheap and premiums have fallen steadily as life expectancy grows. ...
Alarm bells ring over raids on pension pots image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... . Capital concern Peter Bradshaw, national account director at Selectapension, said rising life expectancy makes pension withdrawals more dangerous. ...
Work till you drop: when will you retire — and do you want to? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 30th of January 2017 08:01:23 AM
....”. Earlier this month, in Davos, Prof Lynda Gratton, author of The 100 Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, hosted a session on increasing life expectancy. ...
Is equity release a good way to pay off your home loan? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of January 2017 07:00:48 AM
....26%. After 22 years (the average remaining life expectancy in this scenario) the total amount owing – the loan plus interest – would have swelled to £151,635. ...
'There's a danger of a generation who can't afford to retire' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 23rd of January 2017 08:05:59 AM
....”. It’s a perfect storm of problems: the end of the final-salary pension scheme, a failure of subsequent workers to save enough to account for this, and increasing life expectancy. ...
The new retirement: how an ageing population is transforming Britain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 16th of January 2017 08:07:13 AM
....As the baby boomer generation enter retirement, we also reach a dramatic demographic turning point: 2017 will see the ratio of non-workers to workers start to rise for the first time since the early 1980s. Our vastly improved life expectancy, which is growing by five hours a day, was one of the great triumphs of the last century. ...
My new year forecast: Trumpian uncertainty, and lots of it image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 9th of January 2017 11:59:13 AM
.... I had been writing for years that unless growing inequality – especially in the US, but also in many countries throughout the world – was addressed, there would be political consequences. But inequality continued to worsen – with striking data showing that average life expectancy in the US was on the decline. ...
The Scottish pioneer whose plan for a basic income could transform Britain image
.... The infamous “Glasgow effect” sees adult males in the city’s most deprived areas die significantly younger than those from other working-class UK cities with similar patterns of deprivation and health inequalities. Here a person can lose 20 years of life expectancy in a six-mile corridor from the east end of the city to its arboreal west end. ...
Rising retirement age means that smart saving is more important than ever image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 8th of January 2017 12:01:00 AM
.... It will then rise again to 67 between 2026 and 2028, and to 68 between 2044 and 2046. Neil Adams, head of pension planning at advisers Drewberry Wealth, says that under the Pensions Act, these dates must be reviewed every five years based on the latest life expectancy data: “With the first such review due in May, we could well see the state pension age rising still further. ...
Fort among year's most clicked properties image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 19th of December 2016 12:37:15 PM
....Scotland's Orkney Islands took second place, while Wychavon in Worcestershire came third. The study looked at a range of factors including life expectancy, health and employment rates. ...
There are fairer ways to set the pension age – but politicians are ducking them | Ros Altmann image
....I can understand why some policymakers seeking to cut the costs of state support for pensioners are attracted to the idea of continually raising pension ages, but I believe this is potentially damaging to certain social groups. The justification for such an increase is based on forecasts of rising average life expectancy. ...
Philip Morris's vision of cigarette-free future met with scepticism image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 11:14:07 AM
....2% over the same period. Maile said rising smoking rates in the developing world were partly the result of lower life expectancy reducing people’s fear of late-life diseases, as well the lack of social stigma attached to the habit. ...
What you need to know about funding your golden years image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 30th of November 2016 12:01:00 AM
....”. If you have suffered a serious illness, are on medication, smoke heavily or are seriously overweight, you could get up to 20 per cent more income from something called an enhanced annuity, Tully says: “This pays more because your life expectancy is lower. ...
UK fuel poverty to last a lifetime, report says image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of November 2016 12:01:33 AM
....It warned that that the current rate of progress in tackling the problem means fuel poverty will not have ended by the time a child born today turns 80. The average life expectancy at birth in the UK is 83 years for girls and 79 for boys, according to the Office for National Statistics. ...
'Basically a huge tax increase': readers on proposed pension age rise image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of November 2016 02:30:32 PM
....But I worry about being divided against the older part of the population, surely division is exactly what the Tories want. Incentives to work until 70 would be welcomed by many fit older people, especially those without a really good pension to look forward to, but increased average life expectancy does not mean that all people getting on for 70 are fit enough for a full-time job. ...
Pension age may be about to rise again, says former minister image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of November 2016 12:01:14 AM
....The SPA is the earliest age someone can start receiving their state pension, and is due to rise to 66 between 2018 and 2020, to 67 between 2026 and 2028, and then to 68 between 2044 and 2046. An official review is taking place into the future of the state pension, and on 16 November the DWP asked the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD) to look at projected life expectancy in future years. ...
Insurers must display rival pension annuities image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 25th of November 2016 12:06:11 PM
.... . The comparisons will show equivalent annuities, but will not suggest the possibility of enhanced annuities to those who could get a better deal owing to a shorter life expectancy. ...
Five-minute guide to the ever-changing world of pensions image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 23rd of October 2016 12:01:00 AM
.... . Retired people can often secure higher annuity income if they have had past health problems, as their life expectancy is therefore lower, which means the annuity company may not pay out for as long. ...
Pensions: Compensation for those mis-sold annuities image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 14th of October 2016 09:39:44 AM
....An estimated 90,000 people were not told they could shop around or receive an enhanced annuity, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said. Enhanced annuities give people in poor health a better deal owing to their shorter life expectancy. ...
State pension: people who start working at 16 could get early access image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of October 2016 01:02:44 PM
....But the report said such an approach would be impractical. “Some commentators have suggested that an alternative to a universal state pension age increasing with life expectancy would be to provide people with a state pension age based on individual circumstances (for example place of birth) … such an approach is likely to be impractical and introduce new issues and new unfairness. ...
Young could get early access to state pension image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 13th of October 2016 12:16:03 PM
.... This will rise to 68 by 2046. The government has suggested that further rises in the state pension should reflect life expectancy, and the law requires a review during each Parliament. ...
No 10 rejects housing minister's call for people to skip generation in their wills image
.... “Generally in life we all like to think that our children are going to be better off than us. In terms of new technology and life expectancy, they are going to be,” he told a fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham last week. ...
Skip a generation when passing on homes, says housing minister image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 9th of October 2016 10:31:31 PM
.... “Generally in life we all like to think that our children are going to be better off than us. In terms of new technology and life expectancy, they are going to be,” he told a fringe meeting at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham last week. ...
The untouchables? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 4th of October 2016 01:12:13 AM
.... . The fact that they have much improved life expectancy, and much higher levels of income and wealth than any generation before them is a fantastic achievement. ...
Zuckerberg and Chan aim to tackle all disease by 2100 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of September 2016 07:32:40 PM
....The second is the Infectious Disease Initiative, which will try to develop new tests and vaccines to tackle HIV, Ebola, Zika and other new diseases. Mr Zuckerberg predicted that by 2100 the average life expectancy would be beyond 100 years. ...
Never retire image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of September 2016 11:19:10 PM
....That expectation started in earnest after World War Two, when industrialised nations created modern pension schemes. But those pension schemes were created when life expectancy was a lot shorter. ...
The state pension top-up that no one seems to want image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 20th of August 2016 06:01:06 AM
.... On the face of it, that’s not a bad deal. According to the Office for National Statistics, the average life expectancy for a man currently aged 65 is 86, and for a 65-year-old woman it’s 89; some will reach 100-plus. ...
Germans should work until 69, says central bank sparking fears Britain could follow  image
....But experts previously warned the idea was fraught with complications. Tom McPhail, head of retirement policy at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The state pension is a blunt instrument, which makes no allowance for people’s wealth or their life expectancy. ...

How soon is too soon to find new love after bereavement?
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 12th of August 2016 05:00:00 AM
. It is an age-old - and delicate question – but set to become ever more pressing as life expectancy reaches unprecedented levels: how soon is too soon for someone recently widowed to consider a new partner?. ...

Yes, some people really struggle, but inequality isn’t the problem 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of July 2016 07:27:31 PM
.... In 1964, 97 per cent of working-age men with just a high school education were in the labour market; today, it is just 83 per cent. For the first time, life expectancy has started to fall for white Americans, partly as a result of suicide and alcohol abuse. ...
Let people take state pension early or they'll risk missing it, says thinktank image
....In a research paper published on Wednesday, the thinktank claims such a move would enable up to 250,000 people to enjoy a much-needed retirement after decades of physically demanding, manual work – a retirement that many will be denied because they will die before they’re old enough to retire. Increases in average life expectancy have led successive governments to raise the state pension age to 67 by 2028 – for men and women. ...
Annuity rates 'in freefall' since EU vote image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 8th of July 2016 03:08:54 PM
....". Annuity rates have been falling for many years, as life expectancy increases. ...
Post-WWII baby-boomer pensioners to be optimistic after fallout from Brexit image
....The key is not to panic and to take professional advice. ” Guy Myles, founder and chief executive of financial advisers Flying Colours, says rising life expectancy means that many people could be in retirement for as long as 30 years and for that reason should favour income drawdown. ...
Britain heading for 'retirement time bomb as savers splash out on holidays and new cars' image
....The state pension age is being pushed further and further back, while companies are scaling back schemes amid huge deficits. At the same time, retirement savings needs to last longer as life expectancy keeps rising. ...
Six million workers saving for first time: You’ve got to roll with company pensions image
.... Rampant pension mis-selling by dodgy advisers, Gordon Brown’s notorious 1997 tax raid, the collapse of final-salary schemes and volatile stock markets have shattered faith in UK pensions, once the envy of the world. Plunging annuity rates have only made matters worse, with a £100,000 pension pot now buying a 65-year-old barely £4,000 a year of index-linked income, while growing life expectancy means people need to save more than ever, or expect to work to age 70 and beyond. ...
Working till you drop: Five-minute guide to the chaining face of retirement image
.... The bad news is that it will not stop there. Currently, the pension age is due to increase to 67 between 2026 and 2028, and thereafter will be linked to life expectancy. ...
Expensive and worthless: the whole of life insurance plans sold to millions image
.... Or she can pay £4,000-£5,000 a year and throw good money after bad. The typical life expectancy of an 82-year-old female in the UK is an additional 8. ...
MPs to investigate how many pension schemes are at risk of failing image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 27th of May 2016 05:55:35 PM
....Announcing the broader inquiry, the chair of the committee, Frank Field, said: “The state of the British Steel pension scheme is further worrying evidence of a wider danger to one of the biggest savings successes in Britain during the last century – occupational pension schemes. The select committee’s in-depth case study on BHS is illustrating how such schemes are already creaking from rising life expectancy and record low returns on capital. ...
Britain accused of undermining tougher EU limits on killer air pollution image
....Legislation designed to force member states to strictly limit emissions of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and ammonia by 2030 is being scrutinised in Brussels. It is recognised by ministers that air pollution is estimated to reduce life expectancy of everyone in the UK by an average of six months, which is equivalent to 50,000 deaths a year. ...
Antiseptic gel to prevent infections in newborn babies gets EU approval image
.... The gel will be sold at a not-for-profit price and could save 422,000 lives over five years, according to UN estimates. Related: Born lucky? World Bank reveals life expectancy rates for today's infants. ...
Much like the Queen, we're all going to be working a lot longer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 24th of April 2016 12:56:11 PM
.... The trend towards living longer is not uniform and the gap in longevity between rich and poor is growing. Among some groups in the US, for example, life expectancy is actually falling. ...
Much like the Queen, we're all going to be working a lot longer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 24th of April 2016 12:56:11 PM
.... The trend towards living longer is not uniform and the gap in longevity between rich and poor is growing. Among some groups in the US, for example, life expectancy is actually falling. ...
Air pollution experts call for scrappage scheme for diesel cars and boilers image
....Scrappage schemes for diesel cars and boilers, and allowing only the cleanest buses to drive on key polluted roads are among measures proposed by experts to cut pollution and help people live longer. The moves to cut pollution from road transport and gas combustion in London could increase the average life expectancy of people born in the city in 2025 by more than a month, leading to economic benefits of £600m a year, they said. ...
Post-recession Britons are healthier, better off and living greener lives image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of March 2016 01:13:40 PM
....There was a a fall in the proportion finding it difficult to get by, which the ONS said was a sign that Britons were less worried about their finances. Healthy life expectancy continued, although at the same time satisfaction with health fell sharply from 66. ...
Interest-only time bomb is ticking: Defuse mortgage worries with an equity release plan image
....Equity release loans are sometimes called lifetime mortgages, but unlike standard mortgages you do not have to meet strict affordability criteria. Mirfin says: “In fact, the older you are, the more money you can typically raise, as your life expectancy is lower. ...
Women hit by pension age changes 'may retire earlier for reduced pay' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of March 2016 12:01:01 AM
....For many years, the state pension age [SPA] for men was 65 and the state pension age for women was 60. From 2020, both men and women’s state pension age will be 66, increasing to 67 between 2026 and 2028, and then linked to life expectancy after that. ...
Is YOUR pension fit for purpose? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of March 2016 08:19:00 AM
....With other types of pension, what you get will depend on a number of variables such as investment performance and interest rates, Tully said. “As life expectancy rises, your pension saving may have to last for much longer than you think. ...
We should be striving to work less, not toiling until we drop | Owen Jones image
.... The state pension age will be bumped up to 66 by 2020; and according to experts reacting to the government’s review of the state retirement age, those lucky young things now joining the world of employment could be waiting into their 70s for a state pension. An inevitable byproduct of rising life expectancy, they say; but surely a gift of progress should be the granting of more healthy years of leisure, not fewer. ...
Older women are invisible in the workplace. What are we meant to do until the age of 67? | Suzanne Moore image
.... By 2028, both women and men will have to wait until they’re 67. And a new government review taking into account life expectancy might make it even older than that. ...
Pensions fairness to next generation demands that we adapt to new realities image
.... Today there are 12. 5 million Brits of pensionable age, 30% of the working population, and their future life expectancy is between 22 and 24 years. ...
Major state pensions shake-up begins image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of March 2016 08:01:12 PM
....The results will be published next May. The government said the review, required under existing legislation, would consider changes in life expectancy as well as wider changes in society and "make sure that the state pension is sustainable and affordable for future generations. ...
State pension age could rise faster than expected, say experts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of March 2016 05:21:58 PM
....The exercise will consider whether to change the state retirement age from April 2028, the point at which it will have reached 67 for men and women, potentially affecting people under the age of about 55. John Cridland, the former director general of the CBI, was appointed to act as the independent reviewer of the pension age and will look at whether the pension age should continue to be linked to rising life expectancy. ...
Where's the best place to start a business? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 29th of February 2016 07:00:11 AM
....The county where Winchester is situated doesn’t just score well on employment levels – Hart in Hampshire has spent five years at the top of the Halifax Quality of Life index as the UK’s best local authority area to live in. Martin Ellis, head of housing economics at Halifax, says it’s a mixture of good health, high wealth and a generally happy life: Hart residents are also blessed with low crime rates, good weather and a long life expectancy. ...
It’s the £30bn cut you’ve never heard of. And women are bearing the brunt | Gaby Hinsliff image
.... And many are reacting much as marathon runners would if some fit young organiser blithely decided to add a few miles to the route just as they were hobbling painfully to the finishing line. Clearly, something has to give in a state pension system never designed for 21st-century life expectancy. ...
Source : Reuters [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of February 2016 02:39:10 PM
.... After winning billions of pounds in compensation from banks for Britons who were mis-sold insurance products on loans, some lawyers are turning their sights on British insurers. Along with the country's financial regulator, law firms are looking at whether people who bought a fixed income for life with their retirement savings were properly informed about a product known as an "enhanced" annuity, which pays out more for people who have a shorter life expectancy. ...
500,000 women deserve a better state pension deal  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 22nd of January 2016 07:18:36 AM
.... Without question, women’s and men’s state pension age should be equalised at 65, as set out in the 1995 Pensions Act. And the state pension age for both sexes should also then rise to 66, with further increases to 67 and 68, to reflect increases in underlying life expectancy, as set out in the 2007 Pensions Act. ...
It pays for over-50s to plan ahead: Make sure you’re getting a good deal on premiums image
....This is a particular concern with Sun Life as people who live into their 90s and beyond could pay in far more than they get back. Fahy says this makes over-50s plans poor value unless you are ill when you take one out, or are overweight or smoke heavily, all of which reduce your life expectancy. ...
Wealth of top 1% 'equal to other 99%' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 18th of January 2016 01:15:58 PM
.... Those in the middle and bottom of the world income distribution have all got pay rises of around 40% between 1988-2008. Global inequality of life expectancy and height are narrowing too—showing better nutrition and better healthcare where it matters most. ...
State pension changes 'smash' women's expectations, MPs warn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of January 2016 12:01:32 AM
.... However, it says it is “so concerned about misinterpretation attributable to confusing state pension statements that we are issuing this urgent interim report”. Tom McPhail, head of pensions research at financial services group Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The fundamental aims of the various changes – to move to a simpler state pension, payable at a later age to reflect improved life expectancy and without discriminating according to age – were and still are the right thing to do. ...
Women’s state pension age rise: an unfair burden or a necessary reform? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 9th of January 2016 07:01:11 AM
.... In this case, women born in 1950 were the first to see an increase in their SPA. Due to further sharp rises in life expectancy, we then had to make the difficult decision to speed up the rises to 65 and 66. ...
What will happen to pensions in 2016? image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 28th of December 2015 07:17:39 AM
.... Currently, benefits from private pensions can be taken from the age of 55. However, rises in life expectancy are putting ever greater pressure on individuals to ensure that their pension funds can last for a very long time. ...
Swap your pension for cash from April 2017  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of December 2015 09:03:34 AM
.... We can’t be sure how much your annuity would fetch in these circumstances. But one possibility is that the annuity would be worth whatever it would cost someone of your age and life expectancy to buy the same annual income for life that you currently receive from the policy. ...
Life expectancy: Is the party over? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of December 2015 01:45:00 PM
. The big rise in life expectancy seen in the past few decades may be easing off, official figures suggest. ...
AstraZeneca cancer drug approved on NHS, but with strings attached image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 11th of December 2015 12:53:57 PM
.... Would you put your new R&D centre in a place that does not appreciate innovation needs?" . The NICE decision on olaparib comes 12 months after the drug was approved by European regulators, a timeframe that some industry experts claim is too long given that the patients eligible to use the drug have an average life expectancy of just 24 months. ...
Inequality is now killing middle America image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of December 2015 09:04:18 AM
.... Indeed, soon after the award was announced in October, Deaton published some startling work with Ann Case in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – research that is at least as newsworthy as the Nobel ceremony. Analysing a vast amount of data about health and deaths among Americans, Case and Deaton showed declining life expectancy and health for middle-aged white Americans, especially those with a high school education or less. ...

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