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Ageing through the Ages
MacLennan and Sellers present an overview of human ageing from prehistoric time to the present.
US Life Expectancy Improves
2001 press release from US Dept of Health and Human Services describing recent findings.
Death: An Inquiry into Man's Mortal Weakness
The life expectancy page within a much larger effort to put mortality into perspective.
Premature Death in the New Independent States
Causes of increased deaths in former states of the USSR. Book chapter viewable online at National Academy Press site.
Office of Population Studies, United Nations
Link to documents describing impact of longevity trends on world population.
Calculation of Life Expectancy
Concise explanation of the mathematics of life expectancy calculation with links to related concepts.
What Kills Us? Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Discussion of the causes of changes in life expectancy over the last 150 years.
Healthy Life Expectancy
Offers an international comparison of disability adjusted life expectancies.
Innovita Research Institute
Research on aging, molecular concepts of aging, cloning and age-related diseases such as Alzheimers, Werner syndrome, and Parkinsons.
Unraveling the Secrets of Human Longevity
Scientific and Educational Website on Human Longevity Studies
Between Zeus and the Salmon
Online version of multi-author book describing biology and demography of longevity. Book can be ordered from National Academy Press.
Review of The Quest for Immortality: Science at the Frontiers of Aging
Generally favorable review of a book by Olshansky and Carnes that argues that large increases in life expectancy are unlikely in near future wihout fundamental advances in the science of aging. (Requires registration, but is reprinted in entirety on Amazon.)
The Hayflick Limit
The discovery by Leonard Hayflick that cells will not divide forever may explain the limited lifespan of organisms.
UK Government publications regarding life expectancy
Topics of interest include Excel spreadsheets for life expectancy calculation as well as population statistics.
Discussion of impact of changing life expectancy on policy decisions
Canadian government report on impact of changes in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy
Duke's Center for Demographic Research's bibliography on longevity and healthy life expectancy.
Mostly citations but some links to online material
Genetics of Longevity
Powerpoint presentation by Tom Kirkwood, who developed an evolutionary theory of longevity which he calls "disposable soma".
Life expectancy of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Peoples (Australia
Age specific death rates and life expectancies. Comparative causes of death.
Informational website on Gerontology and Aging Research
Roman Life Expectancy
Roman Life Expectancy: calculations and caveats about accuracy.
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