Friday, October 17, 2014

U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years

U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years: CDCFor people 65 years old in 2012, life expectancy was an additional 19.3 years, up slightly from the year before. Women age 65 and older in 2012 can expect to live another 20.5 years, while men may get around an additional 18 years, Xu said.
Average life expectancy in the United States reached an all-time high of 78.8 years in 2012, federal officials reported

Overall, the U.S. death rate dropped just over 1 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to the report.

"We can stop being a treatment-oriented country, and become a prevention-oriented country and extend life tremendously," Steinbaum said.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

The little girl who challenged a nation!

Mafalda first appeared in a comic strip in 1964 when she was six years old. Despite her age, she was a child with a big heart and an awareness of the world she lived in. She cared about humanity and world peace and, in her own way, she struggled against the problems she saw around her. She also liked The Beatles… but I guess everyone did back then.
Quino, stopped the series. In those ten years she had gained only five years of age but a huge following in Latin America. Readers were drawn to her in a way that, in this region, had never been seen before with a cartoon. She spoke to a community that needed to question the state of the world but lived in a time when it was safest for a fictional child to do the questioning.