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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


The expected occurrence of a thing. See Active life expectancy.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.

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Wales has seen the smallest gain in life expectancy of any of the countries in the UK in recent years.
For women, life expectancy at birth in Newport has dropped from 82.4 years in 2012-14 to 81.8 years in 2015-17.
There is also a significantly higher average life expectancy among the population in the cities in the cities compared to the villages - the people in the cities live about 2.9 years longer than in the villages.
Underweight people with a slow walking pace have the lowest life expectancy (an average of 64.8 years for men, 72.4 years for women).
Given that the number of ways of defining health, there are also different ways of measuring healthy life expectancy (6).
Using data on firearm-related deaths between 2000 and 2016 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Wide-Ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research, researchers found that gun violence reduced overall life expectancy by about two-and-a-half years.
Average life expectancy at birth for all of Scotland was 77.0 years for males and 81.1 years for females.
The life expectancy rate for women steadily increased from 78.9 years in 2001-2003 to 81.5 years in 2011-2013.
In the years 2005-10, male life expectancy in the UK increased by 17 weeks a year, while female life expectancy increased by 13 weeks annually.
, ctancy However, by 2011-2016, the life expectancy for men in the UK was growing by just four weeks a year, while for women the figure was one week.