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China could lift life expectancy by nearly three years: study

BEIJING/SHANGHAI: China could raise average life expectancy by 2.9 years if it improves air quality to levels recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO), according a new study from a U.S. research group. China has vowed to determine the precise impact of air and water pollution on health as part of its efforts to raise average life expectancy to 79 years by 2030 from 76.3 years in 2015. According to the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), big air quality improvements made in the last…

China ‘winning’ war on smog, helping life expectancy: study

BEIJING: China appears to be "winning" its war on air pollution, making so much progress that life expectancy could rise by more than two years, according to a US university study. The Chinese government has been waging a battle to clear its skies of smog that has cut life expectancy in some regions and prompted its citizens to buy masks and air purifiers to protect themselves during peak pollution days. The University of Chicago says in its study released Monday that while the world's biggest polluter faces a long…

Life expectancy in England and Wales shortens: research

LONDON: Life expectancy for people in England and Wales aged 65 at the beginning of 2018 has shortened by two months compared with a year earlier, research showed on Thursday. This was the same amount for men and women, according to data from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ closely watched Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI). It did not say why life expectancy had shortened, but diabetes and obesity are generally among the issues blamed for a slowdown in improvements. The CMI model is used by life…

Women’s life expectancy on track to hit 90 in some nations

PARIS: By 2030 life expectancy for South Korean women could top nine decades, an average lifespan long thought to be out of reach, researchers said Wednesday. South Korea is not only the first country in the world where women may live past 90 on average, it is also the one on track to log the biggest jump in longevity, they reported in The Lancet medical journal. Other developed countries are not far behind: the longevity of French and Japanese women are more likely than not to stretch past 88 years. "As recently as…