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      Biodemography of human ageing

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          Abstract

          Human senescence has been delayed by a decade. This finding, documented in 1994 and bolstered since, is a fundamental discovery about the biology of human ageing, and one with profound implications for individuals, society and the economy. Remarkably, the rate of deterioration with age seems to be constant across individuals and over time: it seems that death is being delayed because people are reaching old age in better health. Research by demographers, epidemiologists and other biomedical researchers suggests that further progress is likely to be made in advancing the frontier of survival - and healthy survival - to even greater ages.

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                Journal
                Nature
                Nature
                Springer Science and Business Media LLC
                0028-0836
                1476-4687
                March 2010
                March 24 2010
                March 2010
                : 464
                : 7288
                : 536-542
                Article
                10.1038/nature08984
                4010874
                20336136
                0520b956-bd70-48e4-be55-ba79f0e7aa05
                © 2010

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