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January 20, 1987 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
Soviet officials have disclosed that life expectancy in the Soviet Union in 1986 was lower than it was in 1970. They said that men and women born in 1986 could expect to live 69 years. Sixteen years ago the figure was 70. According to M.A. Korolev, head of the Central Statistical Board, the life expectancy figure for 1986, even though lower than the figure for 1970, represents the first improvement in a decade for this key health indicator.
March 16, 1989 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR, Times Staff Writer
Black babies in the United States continue to die in greater numbers than white babies, while those who live still have a shorter life expectancy than their white counterparts, according to a study released Wednesday by the health and human services department. "This report shows, as have others for as long as they have been issued, that there is a disparity between the health of our white and black populations," said Louis W. Sullivan, health secretary.
February 23, 1999 | AGUSTIN GURZA
Rafi's Cuban Cafe sits two cities away from the strip mall in Westminster that's been besieged by Vietnamese protesters. It may as well be a world away, it's so peaceful and friendly here in Old Town Tustin. Yet the turmoil and fervor of the anti-communist demonstration has hit home with owner Rafael "Rafi" Sanchez.
It's hurricane season in the Atlantic, and for about 40 million residents of the U.S. East and Gulf coasts, a warning to leave home and run for the hills will come from here. But this year, forecasters worry whether they will be able to do the job adequately. "We're faced with catastrophic equipment failure, and no backup," said National Hurricane Center director Robert C. Sheets. The equipment Sheets is worried about is GOES-7, the only U.S.
December 3, 2009 | By Jeannine Stein
Americans have increased their life expectancy by cutting back on cigarettes, but the pounds they're packing on mean that, ultimately, they could lose ground. A New England Journal of Medicine study published Wednesday looked at previous national health surveys to forecast life expectancy and quality of life for a typical 18-year-old from 2005 through 2020. Declines in smoking over the last 15 years would give that 18-year-old an increased life expectancy of 0.31 years. However, growing body mass index rates would also mean that that teen would have a reduced life expectancy of 1.02 years, giving a net life expectancy reduction of 0.71 years.
June 15, 2000 | From Reuters
People in the major industrialized countries will be living longer by the middle of the 21st century than official estimates had predicted, researchers said Wednesday. The new calculation, by Shripad Tuljapurkar and other scientists at Mountain View Research in Los Altos, Calif., is based on new demographic models of five decades of mortality in the Group of Seven most industrialized countries. The calculations show, for example, that Japanese life expectancy will increase by eight years to 90.
January 22, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
For those wondering just how much effect cleaning up the air can have, researchers now have a much fuller picture. Reductions in particulate air pollution during the 1980s and 1990s led to an average five-month increase in life expectancy in 51 U.S. metropolitan areas, with some of the initially more polluted cities such as Buffalo, N.Y., and Pittsburgh showing a 10-month increase, researchers said Wednesday.
July 13, 2008 | Morris Carey and James Carey, Associated Press
How long will your roof last? When will your kitchen appliances need to be replaced? Will your furnace make it through another heating season? Knowing the life expectancy of your home's building components can help you determine how to deal with the inevitable. The National Assn. of Home Builders together with Bank of America Home Equity recently released a study that outlines the longevity of housing components.
Americans generally are living longer than ever, but the life expectancy of blacks is continuing to shorten alarmingly, the Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday. In its annual compilation of statistics on the population's well-being, the department said that life expectancy in the nation as a whole rose to a record 75.2 years in 1990. For blacks, it said, life expectancy fell to 69.2 years, although no figures for previous years were provided.
August 30, 2007 | Mary Engel, Times Staff Writer
White men in California can expect to live an average of seven more years than black men, according to a new study that echoes national surveys of the long-documented black-white gap. Heart disease and homicides account for much of the difference in life expectancies. White women in California live on average about five years longer than African American women, in large part because of higher rates of diabetes and stroke in the latter group.
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