Tag Archives: life expectancy

Global health is improving, so is global health information

Yesterday we released World Health Statistics 2017: Monitoring health for the SDGs. This WHO flagship publication compiles data from the organization’s 194 Member States on 21 health-related SDG targets, providing a snapshot of both gains and threats to the health … Continue reading

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Future life expectancy in 35 industrialized countries: projections to year 2030

Today, the Lancet published our study projecting life expectancy trends to 2030 for 35 countries: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)32381-9/abstract Life expectancy at birth is projected to exceed 90 years for Korean women in 2030, a level of average life expectancy many thought impossible … Continue reading

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Major improvements in global life expectancy, Africa is starting to catch up

Today we released World Health Statistics 2016, our annual publication summarizing information on the health of the world’s people . Global average life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. Those gains … Continue reading

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Global life expectancy increasing at the frontier rate

WHO Department of Mortality and Burden of Disease coordinator Colin Mathers told Voice of America that astonishing progress has been made in global life expectancy. “We are estimating that over the 25 years of the Millennium Development Goal period, there … Continue reading

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Is the world achieving the health-related Millenium Development Goals?

We published World Health Statistics 2015 this week. It assesses progress towards the health-related goals in each of the 194 countries for which data are available. The results are mixed. By the end of this year if current trends continue, … Continue reading

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Why are death rates falling at older ages — will these trends continue?

Life expectancy at age 60 years has improved steadily in the past three decades in developed countries and in many developing countries. A paper written with colleagues Gretchen Stevens, Ties Boerma, Richard White and Martin Tobias, published in the Lancet … 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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