Life expectancy

Why women live longer than men

Why women live longer than men

If there's one area that women clearly have the upper hand over men, it's longevity. Globally, females live about six years longer than males - roughly 73 years versus 67 - and women outlive men in all but a few countries.

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 10:40am

Briefs, January 9, 2013

A rare copy of a work by fourth-century Chinese calligraphy legend Wang Xizhi has been unearthed in Japan, the first such discovery in four decades, Tokyo National Museum said. 

9 Jan 2013 - 6:10am

To be taken in moderation

The secrets of longevity are as diverse as the people who live long enough to be invited to reveal them. The science of life expectancy, however, includes a universal premise. All things being equal, shedding excess weight reduces the risk of premature death from related illnesses such as heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am

Fat people have lower death risk, study shows

Study finds that being slightly overweight, and even mildly obese, can increase life expectancy.

It's a common medical refrain: carrying extra kilos raises the risk of ills such as heart disease and diabetes and therefore the risk of premature death. But does that heightened risk of early death apply across the board to those who are merely overweight?

4 Jan 2013 - 9:24am

Hong Kong should copy US and simply do away with mandatory retirement

Hong Kong should copy US and simply do away with mandatory retirement

My baby-boomer friends back in the US often sigh when they discuss retirement. The fantasies of playing golf and going on cruises in their sunset years have been dashed by the reality of their extended work life. They rant about the realities of having to work into their 70s and even 80s.

27 Dec 2012 - 3:48am 5 comments