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Joe Biden is the oldest person to be sworn in as US president. New research shows politicians are likely to live longer than the populations they represent. BiksuTong / Shutterstock

Politicians live longer than the populations they represent: new research

The public expects transparency about politicians’ earnings, but it’s not the only area where elite groups have an advantage.
Medical workers hold signs during a rally in Central Park in New York City by White Coats for Black Lives after the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Maria Khrenova/TASS via Getty Images

Declaring racism a public health crisis brings more attention to solving long-ignored racial gaps in health

Black Americans have worse health outcomes by many measures. To draw attention to that fact, the CDC and communities across the country have called racism a public health threat.
Over 90% of local authorities in England experienced more deaths than expected between 2010-11 and 2017-18. Alan Novelli/Alamy

Pre-COVID-19 death rates should be a warning for the UK government if it wants to build back better

Hundreds of thousands more people died between 2010-11 and 2017-18 than anticipated. Austerity could have something to do with it
Once upon a time, buckling up was new behavior. Harold M. Lambert/Archive Photos via Getty Images

Seat belts and smoking rates show people eventually adopt healthy behaviors – but it can take time we don’t have during a pandemic

Public health recommendations have always been a hard sell. Resistance to new behaviors – like the mask-wearing and social distancing advised during the COVID-19 pandemic – is part of human nature.
Healthy working life expectancy is the average number of years people in a population are likely to be healthy and in paid work from age 50. ALPA PROD/ Shutterstock

Retirement age is increasing – but our new study reveals most only work ten years in good health after 50

For people who worked manual jobs (such as electricians or carers), this number was even lower.
Monaco and Japan have some of the highest life expectancies in the world. But calculating an individual’s life expectancy will require taking data analysis several steps further. SHUTTERSTOCK

Don’t die wondering: apps may soon be able to predict your life expectancy, but do you want to know?

Predicting life expectancy remains in the realm of science fiction, but it may soon be possible. Are we prepared for such information? And who else would benefit from this knowledge?

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