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A selection of words from my vast vocabulary, including the ubiquitous "the," the always versatile "and," and the more obscure "incontrovertible," arranged in frequently meaningful, sometimes profound, yet often pedestrian sentences and statements, designed with one goal in mind-- that being, to communicate; keeping in mind the oft-used bromide, "Never use two words when one will do the same job as two or more words would have done, unless you just want to take up space and sound important," which is, I must concede, too often a secret objective of mine indeed. And yet, now, the secret is out.




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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Life Expectancy

Does anyone else get this?

According to the CDC, the average life expectancy for American women is 5.3 years longer than for American men. And yet, women's health is the hottest topic in medical circles today. I did a quick search on Google, and get this: Searching for "Women's health" brings up 142,000,000 results, while a search for "Men's health" brings up only 54,900,000 results. There are over two times as many sites addressing women's health as there are for men.

What gives? Why is there such a huge interest in Women's health when men have a life expectancy that is over 5 years less than their sisters? Is this a "politically correct" kind of issue? It certainly is socially "fashionable" to be concerned with women's health-- just look at all the interest in breast cancer research, etc. But does the evidence of who's dying earlier support all the interest? It would seem not.

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm all for addressing issues that deal with women's health. Please don't insinuate that I think we should at all ignore these issues. It just rings funny that the interest in men's health pales in comparison, it's especially interesting when you consider that men die so many years earlier.


link | posted by Matt Norquist at 1/18/2006 10:36:00 PM |


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