Patterns Indicative of the Elastic Limits to Human Life-Span? (NHS Choices / Science)


Italian research into longevity indicates that death rates tend to increase up to age 80, then decrease and actually level-off after the age of 105 years. This implies that the biological (absolute) limits to longevity may not yet have been reached, even in Italy; although many questions remain, not the least being about the quality of life in extreme old age. A recent NHS Choices Behind the Headlines appraisal discusses this research.

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Italian study suggests human lifespan could continue increasing. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, June 29th 2018.

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Barbi, E. Lagona, F. [and] Marsili, M. [et al] (2018). The plateau of human mortality: Demography of longevity pioneers. Science. June 29th 2018; 360(6396): 1459-1461.

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