Fact Tank Nov. 13, 2013

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.

U.S. Politics Nov. 12, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Nov. 7, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Oct. 16, 2013

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.

Global Sep. 19, 2013

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.

Fact Tank Aug. 8, 2013

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.

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Religion Aug. 6, 2013

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”

Religion Aug. 6, 2013

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.

Religion Aug. 6, 2013

Religious Leaders’ Views on Radical Life Extension

No religious group in the United States has released an official statement on radical life extension. However, here are brief summaries of how some clergy, bioethicists and other scholars from 18 major American religious groups say their traditions might approach this evolving issue.

Religion Aug. 6, 2013

Americans’ Views of Living to 120, Beyond

If new medical treatments could slow the aging process and allow people to live decades longer, would you want to? Most Americans say no, but roughly two-thirds think that most other people would say yes.