Canberra, Oct 30 (Xinhua/UNB) -- The life expectancy of Australian males has hit its highest mark on record, data has revealed.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Tuesday said that the male life expectancy has grown 1.5 years in the last decade to a record-high 80.5 years.
Female life expectancy was 84.6 years, meaning that the life expectancy gap between the two genders continue to shrink.
"Australian males can now expect to live 10.8 years longer than the world average of 69.7 years, according to the United Nations 2015-2020 estimates," ABS Demography Director Anthony Grubb said in a media release on Tuesday.
"Female life expectancy in 2017 remained the same as the previous year (84.6 years) and compares to the global average of 74.3 years," Grubb said.
Australia's male life expectancy has grown by 12.9 years since the 1960s compared to 10.4 years for females.
"Australians have a higher life expectancy than our counterparts in New Zealand, the United Kingdom (Britain) and the USA," Grubb said.
Victoria had the highest life expectancy among the six Australian states and two territories at 81.3 years followed by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) while the reverse was true for females with the ACT leading the way.
The Northern Territory, the smallest of Australia's states and territories by population, had the shortest life expectancy among males and females at 75.9 and 79.4 years, respectively.
However, male life expectancy in the NT grew by 3.5 years in the last decade, comfortably the biggest growth by either gender in any state or territory.
San Francisco, Oct 29 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Researchers from China's Taiwan Province have found that a common drug used to treat type 2 diabetes may have an effect of lowering the possibility of developing a disease leading to blindness, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) said Sunday.
The San Francisco-based academy said the research, disclosed at AAO 2018, its 122nd Annual Meeting being held in Chicago from Oct. 27 to Oct. 30, showed the diabetes patients who took the medication of metformin have a significant lower rate of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of blindness in Americans aged 50 or above.
The researchers studied the statistics of the health insurance research database in Taiwan from a period spanning from 2001 and 2013 and found that 45,524 type 2 diabetes patients who took metformin have better chances to avoid suffering AMD that affects about 2.1 million people in the United States.
The study suggests that metformin, which controls the blood glucose level in type 2 diabetes patients, can suppress inflammation and oxidative stress, the two major factors that play a key role in the development of both diabetes and AMD.
"Our study is the first to reveal the protective effect of metformin on the development of AMD," said lead investigator Yu-Yen Chen.
The AAO is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, with a global community of 32,000 medical doctors, which is committed to advocating the protection of sight and empowering lives by promoting eye care and health for the public.
Mexico City, Oct 28 (AP/UNB) — Towering skeletons and dancers dressed in regional costumes are bouncing along Mexico City's main avenue, surrounded by orange marigolds, as the city celebrates its third annual Day of the Dead parade.
This year's parade pays tribute to migrants who have lost their lives just as thousands of Central Americans make their way through southern Mexico in a caravan with the hope of starting anew in the United States. At least one migrant has died since the caravan set out from Honduras more than two weeks ago.
Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations traditionally consist of altars and quiet family gatherings at the graves of departed loved ones, bringing them music, drink and conversation on Nov. 1-2. Saturday's parade was inspired by scenes in the James Bond movie Spectre.
Dhaka, Oct 27 (UNB) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated all associated with Chhayanaut, a Bangladeshi cultural organisation, as it has been named for prestigious Tagore Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to cultural harmony.
Modi conveyed this through a tweet message on Saturday.
“Set up in 1961, Chhayanaut, has played a vital role in promoting Gurudev Tagore’s works in Bangladesh and globally. Chhayanaut was part of Bangladesh’s freedom movement, even when Rabindra Sangeet was banned in East Pakistan! Congratulations to everyone associated with it,” he said in the message.
According to Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka, the jury, under the chairmanship of Narendra Modi, unanimously selected Chhayanaut to receive the Tagore Award in recognition of its outstanding contribution to cultural harmony.
The award carries: an amount of Rs1 crore (1 INR=1.17 BDT), a citation in a scroll, a plaque, as well as an exquisite traditionally-handcrafted item.
Established in 1961, Chhayanaut has played a leading role in promoting Tagore's works as well as Bangali culture, music, and literature— all around the globe.
It has built a close bridge of understanding and cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India; especially with West Bengal.
Los Angeles, Oct 27 (AP/UNB) — Eva Longoria and Gina Rodriguez will be among those honored at next month's ALMA awards.
Wilmer Valderrama is host of the celebration of Latino achievements in American entertainment and media.
Activists Samantha Fuentes and Jamie Margolin also will be honored. Fuentes survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, and Margolin founded the Zero Hour movement to address climate change.
Rodriguez, star of TV's "Jane the Virgin," will share the awards spotlight with the show's cast.
The Nov. 4 ALMA ceremony is airing live at 8 p.m. Eastern on sibling TV channels Fuse and FM. Performances by Ally Brooke and Amara La Negra will be featured.
In a statement Friday, host Valderrama said Latino achievements and contributions need to be spotlighted more than ever at what he called a "critical" time.
The ALMAs — American Latino Media Arts Awards — are back after a three-year hiatus in time for the 50th anniversary of UnidosUS, previously known as National Council of La Raza.
UnidosUS is the nation's largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. In 1995 it created the ALMAs as a way to promote fair, accurate and balanced portrayals of Latinos in the entertainment industry.
Fuse Media made a multi-year agreement to become the exclusive multiplatform media home of the ALMAs.