Thiepval, Departement Somme, May 18,2018 A view of the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme at sunset with the Franco-German cemetery containing the graves of 300 unknown French and 300 unknown British soldiers who died in the First World War.Getty

An intriguing phenomenon has emerged in recent years: among very old people, the rate at which people die appears to decline when they get past a certain age. In other words, as these authors claimed in their 2011 book, aging slows down and maybe even stops. Or at least the mortality rate levels off past the age of 100, according to another study published earlier this year. This has led some scientists to speculate that the upper limit on human lifespan may be much older than anyone alive today.

Not so fast, says a new study by Saul Newman in PLoS Biology. Newman looked at the data and found something quite different: it’s all just a mistake. Well, perhaps not a mistake exactly, but a consequence of many small errors. Let me explain.

In almost all species, mortality rates increase with age. In other words, as you get older, your likelihood of dying in a given year slowly but inexorably increases. Intuitively, we all know this: if young people die, it’s tragic because we don’t expect it. When people in their eighties and nineties die, it’s sad, but no one is really surprised.

The evidence for decreasing mortality among very old humans has emerged from a number of studies that provide seemingly solid evidence that people over 100 die at the same or even lower rates then people between 80 and 90, or between 90 and 100.

Not surprisingly, many people would like to believe that human lifespan is unlimited. Indeed, it’s one of the hottest topics in Silicon Valley these days. And perhaps someone will invent some true life-extension technology someday. But Newman’s analysis pours cold water on the notion that our natural longevity is unlimited.

One difficulty with studying very old people is that there simply aren’t that many of them, so the studies tend to be small. Another problem–and this is what Newman zeroes in on–is that we don’t have very good birth records for people over 100 years old. They were born a long time ago, when record keeping wasn’t always so good. What if there are a few errors?

It might seem that this shouldn’t matter, as long as the errors are random–in other words, as long as people’s ages are both under- and over-estimated at the same rates. The problem is that even if the errors are random, they don’t play out that way. Here’s why.

For the sake of argument, let’s imagine a set of people whose true ages are off by 5 years in either direction. (I know that’s a lot, but bear with me.) By the age of 100, as Newman points out, virtually no one is alive from the cohort that underestimated their age; these are people who have a true age of105 But many more will be alive from those who overestimated their age; these are the 95-year-olds who think they’re 100.

Newman’s paper points out that if only a few people are overestimating their age, this can cause mortality rates to flatten or decelerate–or at least they appear to decelerate, because these people aren’t really as old as we (or they) think they are. He then shows, in considerable detail, that only a very small error rate is more than enough to explain all of the apparent decline in mortality rates from recent studies. In other words, the decline in mortality is simply an illusion.

What does World War I have to do with any of this? Newman explains:

“approximately 250,000 youths inflated their ages to enter the 1894–1902 birth cohorts and fight for the United Kingdom in World War I.”

The same thing happened in the U.S. and other countries: 16- and 17-year old boys said they were 18 so they could sign up. Coincidentally, these men would have been around 100 years old when many of the recent studies of centenarians were conducted, and it’s very likely that some of these men were included in those studies. It wouldn’t take many to distort the apparent mortality rates.

Who could have imagined that these brave young men who signed up to fight for their country (my grandfather was one of them), so many years ago, would have this completely unexpected effect on the science of aging, almost exactly 100 years after the war ended? It seems somehow appropriate that today, as the last veterans of the Great War leave us forever, they can still remind us of their sacrifice.

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Not so quickly, states a brand-new research study by Saul Newman in PLoS Biology Newman took a look at the information and discovered something rather various: it’s all simply an error. Well, possibly not an error precisely, however a repercussion of lots of little mistakes. Let me discuss.

In practically all types, death rates increase with age. To put it simply, as you grow older, your probability of passing away in a given year gradually however inexorably increases. Intuitively, all of us understand this: if youths pass away, it’s terrible since we do not anticipate it. When individuals in their eighties and nineties pass away, it’s unfortunate, however nobody is truly shocked.

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Not remarkably, many individuals want to think that human life-span is limitless. Certainly, it is among the most popular subjects in Silicon Valley nowadays. And possibly somebody will develop some real life-extension innovation sooner or later. However Newman’s analysis puts cold water on the concept that our natural durability is limitless.

(************ )One problem with studying older individuals is that there merely aren’t that much of them, so the research studies tend to be little. Another issue– and this is what Newman absolutely nos in on– is that we do not have great birth records for individuals over 100 years of ages. They were born a very long time back, when record keeping wasn’t constantly so great. What if there are a couple of mistakes?

It may appear that this should not matter, as long as the mistakes are random– simply put, as long as individuals’s ages are both under- and over-estimated at the exact same rates. The issue is that even if the mistakes are random, they do not play out that method. Here’s why.

For the sake of argument, let’s think of a set of individuals whose real ages are off by 5 years in either instructions. (I understand that’s a lot, however bear with me.) By the age of 100, as Newman mentions, essentially nobody lives from the associate that undervalued their age; these are individuals who have a real age of105 However much more will live from those who overstated their age; these are the 95- year-olds who believe they’re 100.

Newman’s paper mentions that if just a couple of individuals are overstating their age, this can trigger death rates to flatten or slow down– or a minimum of they appear to slow down, since these individuals aren’t truly as old as we (or they) believe they are. He then reveals, in significant information, that just a really little mistake rate is sufficient to discuss all of the evident decrease in death rates from current research studies. To put it simply, the decrease in death is merely an impression.

What does World War I relate to any of this? Newman discusses:

” around 250,000 youths inflated their ages to go into the 1894–1902 birth friends and defend the UK in World War I.”

The exact same thing occurred in the U.S. and other nations: 16- and 17- years of age young boys stated they were 18 so they might register. Coincidentally, these guys would have been around 100 years of ages when much of the current research studies of centenarians were performed, and it’s highly likely that a few of these guys were consisted of in those research studies. It would not take lots of to misshape the evident death rates.

Who could have pictured that these brave boys who registered to eliminate for their nation ( my grandpa was among them), numerous years back, would have this entirely unforeseen impact on the science of aging, practically precisely 100 years after the war ended? It appears in some way suitable that today, as the last veterans of the Great War leave us permanently, they can still advise us of their sacrifice.

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Thiepval, Departement Somme, May 18,2018 A view of the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme at sundown with the Franco-German cemetery consisting of the tombs of 300 unidentified French and 300 unidentified British soldiers who passed away in the First World War. Getty

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An appealing phenomenon has actually emerged over the last few years: amongst older individuals, the rate at which individuals pass away appears to decrease when they surpass a specific age. To put it simply, as these authors declared in their 2011 book , aging decreases and perhaps even stops. Or a minimum of the death rate levels off past the age of 100, according to another research study released previously this year. This has actually led some researchers to hypothesize that the ceiling on human life-span might be much older than anybody alive today.

Not so quickly, states a brand-new research study by Saul Newman in PLoS Biology Newman took a look at the information and discovered something rather various: it’s all simply an error. Well, possibly not an error precisely, however a repercussion of lots of little mistakes. Let me discuss.

In practically all types, death rates increase with age. To put it simply, as you grow older, your probability of passing away in a given year gradually however inexorably increases. Intuitively, all of us understand this: if youths pass away, it’s terrible since we do not anticipate it. When individuals in their eighties and nineties pass away, it’s unfortunate, however nobody is truly shocked.

The proof for reducing death amongst older people has actually emerged from a variety of research studies that supply apparently strong proof that individuals over 100 pass away at the exact same or perhaps lower rates then individuals in between 80 and 90, or in between 90 and100

.

Not remarkably, many individuals want to think that human life-span is limitless. Certainly, it is among the most popular subjects in Silicon Valley nowadays. And possibly somebody will develop some real life-extension innovation sooner or later. However Newman’s analysis puts cold water on the concept that our natural durability is limitless.

One problem with studying older individuals is that there merely aren’t that much of them, so the research studies tend to be little. Another issue– and this is what Newman absolutely nos in on– is that we do not have great birth records for individuals over 100 years of ages. They were born a very long time back, when record keeping wasn’t constantly so great. What if there are a couple of mistakes?

It may appear that this should not matter, as long as the mistakes are random– simply put, as long as individuals’s ages are both under – and over-estimated at the exact same rates. The issue is that even if the mistakes are random, they do not play out that method. Here’s why.

For the sake of argument, let’s think of a set of individuals whose real ages are off by 5 years in either instructions. (I understand that’s a lot, however bear with me.) By the age of 100, as Newman mentions, essentially nobody lives from the associate that undervalued their age; these are individuals who have a real age of105 However much more will live from those who overstated their age; these are the 95 – year-olds who believe they’re100

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Newman’s paper mentions that if just a couple of individuals are overstating their age, this can trigger death rates to flatten or slow down– or a minimum of they appear to slow down, since these individuals aren’t truly as old as we (or they) believe they are. He then reveals, in significant information, that just a really little mistake rate is sufficient to discuss all of the evident decrease in death rates from current research studies. To put it simply, the decrease in death is merely an impression.

What does World War I relate to any of this? Newman discusses:

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“around 250, 000 youths inflated their ages to go into the 1894– 1902 birth friends and defend the UK in World War I.”

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The exact same thing occurred in the U.S. and other nations: 16 – and 17 – years of age young boys stated they were 18 so they might register. Coincidentally, these guys would have been around 100 years of ages when much of the current research studies of centenarians were performed, and it’s highly likely that a few of these guys were consisted of in those research studies. It would not take lots of to misshape the evident death rates.

Who could have pictured that these brave boys who registered to eliminate for their nation ( my grandpa was among them ), numerous years back, would have this entirely unforeseen impact on the science of aging, practically precisely 100 years after the war ended? It appears in some way suitable that today, as the last veterans of the Great War leave us permanently, they can still advise us of their sacrifice.

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