Monthly Archives: June 2014

Calorie restriction and longer life in nematode worms

A paper just published in PLoS Genetics has found that diet restriction suspends development in nematode worms, and doubles their lifespan. The study found that C. elegans could be starved for at least two weeks and still develop normally once … Continue reading

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Longevity and telomere length

Came across a New Scientist article last week about the findings from an examination of the blood and tissues of Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper after her death in 2005. Aged 115 at her death, she was at one point the oldest … Continue reading

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How does the life expectancy of Australian men compare to others?

I was asked by a journalist last week for statistics on trends in life expectancy of Australian men, and in particular, where Australia ranked in the world. So I pulled out our latest life expectancy estimates, published a couple of … Continue reading

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Newborn survival: progress but still too many preventable deaths

Every year, 2·9 million newborn babies die from largely preventable causes, and 2·6 million more are stillborn. The recent Lancet Every Newborn Series paints the clearest picture to date of a newborn’s chance of survival and the steps that must … Continue reading

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