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the expected value or probability of occurrence for a specific event.
life expectancy the number of years, based on statistical averages, that a given person of a specific age, class, or other demographic variable may be expected to continue living.


The expected occurrence of a thing. See Active life expectancy.

Patient discussion about expectancy

Q. What to expect from a Parkinson's patient? My 70 year old father has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. What will he be like from now on, what to expect?

A. Some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease are:
• Trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
• Stiffness of the arms, legs and trunk
• Slowness of movement
• Poor balance and coordination
The symptoms usually get worse with time and then people with the disease may have trouble walking, talking or doing simple tasks.

Q. Curious as to what to expect with menopause

A. Menopause symptoms are caused due to rapid decline in hormonal levels- especially estrogen. You should expect to experience a variety of symptoms, that may be unpleasant such as hot flashes, palpitations, night sweats, vaginal atrophy (drying), skin drying, slight decrease in sexual drive, mood changes, urgency in urination and more. Not all women have these symptoms, and usually woman don't have all the symptoms.

Q. What kind of health complications I should expect if I have Psoriasis? i recently was diagnosed with Plaque Psoriasis- will it affect other organs in my body? Are there any complications I should worry about?

A. Patients suffering from psoriasis may also suffer from arthritis of various type, and also accelerated atherosclerosis (i.e. heart diseases). However, I don't think that the approach should what should you worry about, but rather you may consult your doctor to see what you can do to control the disease and maybe feel better about it.

Take care,

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Babies born in the Welsh capital have a life expectancy in line with and slightly above the Welsh average, with boys expected to live to the age of 78.
All three levels of training were included to be able to later analyze if the accuracy of life expectancy predictions improved with training and experience.
Four in 10 retirees (42%) and pre-retirees (41%) correctly respond that about half of 65-year-old men and women can expect to live until median life expectancy (age 83 for men and age 86 for women).
For the population aged 65, life expectancy was estimated at 21 years for women and 17.
Previous studies show geographic variation in racial differences in life expectancy (Murray et al.
The report indicates the average Inuit life expectancy is 66.
Models did not predict a change in life expectancy with increased electricity use, but did predict a decrease in life expectancy with increased coal consumption in countries with moderate infant mortality and life expectancy in 1965.
However, the United States ranks 30th in life expectancy, despite spending more on health care than any other country, notes the group, which is affiliated with the Social Science Research Council.
She said the life expectancy gaps affected much of Merseyside, but Wirral with its extremes between very affluent and very deprived areas, shows "very stark differences".
There are also significant differences in life expectancy between men and women in most countries, with women typically outliving men by around five years.
In this paper, we examine life expectancy changes between 1970 and 1990 for high and low SES populations in Mississippi.
Latest figures show life expectancy in Ireland for men has reached 76.