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A new analysis of mortality statistics indicates that although U.S. life expectancy has risen dramatically in the past 100 years, it would take extremely lrge declines in death rates from cancer, heart disease and other degenerative syndromes to raise U.S. life expectancies much above the current average of about 75 years. Barring a major breakthrough in controlling the basic biology of aging, the average U.S. life expectancy won't exceed 90 years--even if scientists eliminate all circulatory diseases, cancer and diabetes, assert S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Chicago and his colleagues in the Nov. 2 SCIENCE. They conclude that researchers should concentrate their efforts on improving the quality, rather than the quantity, of life.
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Date:Nov 10, 1990
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