Tag Archives: life expectancy

Life Expectancy: We’re Losing It

May 11th, 2020
The US was on the upswing for a while. Between 1959 and 2014, life expectancy for Americans, which is the average length of time we are expected to live, increased by nearly ten years, from 69.9 years to 78.9 years. But something started happening in the 1980s, and the increase slowed considerably. By 2010, it plateaued. Then in 2014,…

Long Lives Despite HIV

June 5th, 2017
Anyone who remembers the emergence of AIDS in the early 1980s might be astonished at how much has changed in 35 years. In the beginning, doctors didn’t know much about a strange disease that seemed to affect gay men. One of the first alerts appeared to be an outbreak of a rare cancer. Scientists eventually discovered the virus called HIV, the cause of AIDS, and how AIDS attacks the immune system. At one time, an HIV infection was a virtual…