Sunday, July 20, 2014

Health Benefits of Radio Listening?

Dear Colleagues,

We would greatly appreciate your advice regarding any reputable studies on health benefits of radio listening.

Our recently published peer-reviewed study found that having a home radio significantly increases the chances of exceptional longevity:

Odds ratio to live to 100 years = 1.61,  P value = 0.003
(see Table 8 at page 313)
Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, 2013, 11: 295-323

We would like to put this new surprising finding in the context of other related studies.

Please advise.

Thank you, and looking forward to hear from you.


-- Leonid  and  Natalia

-- Leonid Gavrilov, Ph.D., GSA Fellow
-- Natalia Gavrilova, Ph.D., GSA Fellow
Center on Aging,  NORC at the University of Chicago

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Why Study Longevity?

Dear Colleagues,

I would greatly appreciate your advice on how to respond to this criticism of longevity studies:

"The uniqueness of people with exceptional longevity and the focus on tail event longevity limits the overall value of longevity studies because living to 100 is a rare event.  Animal studies including genetic animal studies as well as human studies suggest that, short of dramatic medical advances that increase longevity for a large proportion of the population, living beyond 100 years old is largely a random event.  A random event still has causes; it merely suggests that a large number of factors may exert an impact individually or jointly. The usefulness of identifying longevity factors is limited.  Even if some longevity factor is more represented among centenarians, this information may be of limited use because the probability of a centenarian among people with this particular longevity factor is still so small. Many unknown factors could be at work."

Please advise.  Thank you!