September 26th 2013, 12:51
If we were asked to name the deadliest weapon dispersed during the 20th century, we wouldn't choose the A-bomb or the efficient gas chambers of Auschwitz or drone warfare, or even sophisticated microbiological weaponry. And we wouldn't have to think very long about it, either.
There's no contest. It has to be processed sugar, by a couple of million country miles.
September 5th 2013, 14:06
We're living longer, but we're not necessarily better off for it, at least not according to modern medicine. Several months ago, the UK's International Longevity Centre released a statement announcing that less than a third of us will reach the typical retirement age of 65 years in a healthy state.
In the US, where one of every five Americans (or 72 million) will be 65 or older by 2030, and the 85-pluses are the fastest growing segment of the US population, Americans are older than ever before, but not necessarily healthier. Some 14 million people over age 65 have reported some sort of disability, mostly linked to chronic conditions like heart disease, which translates into one in five who are impaired with major illness.