Views on End-of-Life Medical Treatments
Most Americans say there are circumstances in which doctors and nurses should allow a patient to die, but a growing minority says medical professionals always should do everything possible to save a patient’s life.
Americans see U.S. losing ground against mental illness, prescription drug abuse
The public views a number of public health problems as serious, but while prescription drug abuse does not top the list, it stands out as a problem that Americans say is getting worse.
Obesity and poverty don’t always go together
Obesity in the U.S. varies considerably by gender, race, ethnicity, income and educational level, but not necessarily how you might expect.
Public Agrees on Obesity’s Impact, Not Government’s Role
A majority of Americans see obesity as a very serious public health problem affecting society more broadly, but the public has mixed opinions about what, if anything, the government should do about the issue.
Public has mixed view on banning trans fats
A nationwide survey finds 44% in favor of prohibiting restaurants from using trans fats in foods, while 52% oppose the idea.
A downside to an up economy? Mortality rates increase in better times
A new study finds that mortality rates increase during upward cycles in the economy, and decrease during downward cycles.
Rising Environmental Concerns in China
The Chinese public is increasingly worried about the quality of the country’s air and water. There is also widespread concern about inflation, inequality and corruption, and the safety of consumer goods and food.
Racial and ethnic groups view “radical life extension” differently
Blacks and Hispanics (46% each) are somewhat more inclined than whites (34%) to say they would want treatments to dramatically extend life.
Interactive: How Long Do You Want To Live?
Compare your ideal life span to those we surveyed in our report “Living to 120 and Beyond: Americans’ Views on Aging, Medical Advances and Radical Life Extension”
To Count Our Days: The Scientific and Ethical Dimensions of Radical Life Extension
The prospect of dying has always fascinated, haunted and, ultimately, defined human beings. From the beginnings of civilization, people have contemplated their own mortality – and considered the possibility of immortality.