Saturday, 10 May 2014

Shorter men live longer and other news and views for Saturday 10 May

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Short people have the last laugh
  • Honolulu-based study reveals shorter men live longer - “We split people into two groups – those that were 5-foot-2 and shorter, and 5-4 and taller,” said Dr. Bradley Willcox, one of the investigators for the study and a Professor in the University of Hawai`i (UH) John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Department of Geriatric Medicine. “The folks that were 5-2 and shorter lived the longest. The range was seen all the way across from being 5-foot tall to 6-foot tall. The taller you got, the shorter you lived.”
  • The Projected Improvement in Life Expectancy – “An amazing statistic: for those born in 1900, about 13 out of 100,000 made it to 100. For those born in 1950, 199 are projected to make to 100 – an significant increase. Now the CDC is projecting that 2,056 out of 100,000 born in 2009 will make it to 100. Stunning!”
  • Russia’s Independent Media All But Silenced
  • Expanding Influence: EU Parliament Has More Power Than You Think – “European voters generally pay little attention to European Parliament, but over the years, the body has become increasingly powerful. Already, a representative in Brussels wields more influence than one in Berlin. And the gap is growing.”
  • Where Is the Inequality Problem? – “Though Thomas Piketty is right that returns to capital in rich countries have increased in the last few decades, he is too dismissive of the wide-ranging debate among economists concerning the causes. More important, when it comes to reducing inequality between rich and poor countries, capitalism has had an impressive three decades.”
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