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Life and death II

New developments. First, it now turns out that a part of the life extension showing up in the data is a dramatic reduction in breast cancer. And even more thought-provoking is the possibility that the cause of the reduction is the decision by millions of women to stop taking hormone supplements, which have been widely prescribed for decades for menopausal symptom relief, among other indications.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has come under considerable attack in recent years. If this new trend in reduction in new cases of breast cancer continues (it is likely that this new result will cause even more women to stop HRT or never begin) then we'll see another jump in life expectancy.

In an unrelated story, sales of resveratrol, a health food store product supposedly capturing some of the medicinal benefits of red wine, have zoomed after studies showed longer life in rats taking the product. Do not discount the odds of living well into your nineties....

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