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Your degree decides your lifespan
The Times of India ^ | SATURDAY, AUGUST 02, 2003 10:10:23 AM

Posted on 08/02/2003 2:02:55 PM PDT by yonif

LONDON: To live longer, choose the right degree course. Students of science or engineering have the best chance of living longer, while arts or law students are more likely to have a shorter life, according to research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

A survey of mortality rates found arts students were 60 per cent more likely to die prematurely than their contemporaries in the sciences.

It said that medical students ran the highest risk of succumbing to an alcohol-related death.

The research was based on the death rates of over 8,000 male students aged between 16 and 29 who attended Glasgow University between 1948 and 1968. Deaths before June 30, 2000 were recorded.

The research recorded that engineering students returned the best health prospects: only 8.92 per cent of the sample had died, while the figures for other courses were 9.25 for scientists, 9.89 for medics, 12.88 for lawyers and as high as 14.81 per cent for arts students.

The reason cited for the higher mortality rate for arts students is that they were less likely to gain a secure and well paying job, making them stressed and malnourished.

Peter McCarron of the Queen's University of Belfast who conducted the research said subject choices influenced a student's economic position.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: degree; lifespan

1 posted on 08/02/2003 2:02:55 PM PDT by yonif
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To: yonif
I wanna kniow --- how many more years before the lawyers kick-the-bucket?

2 posted on 08/02/2003 2:10:59 PM PDT by steplock (www.FOCUS.GOHOTSPRINGS.com)
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To: steplock
You'd think that lawyers would have the longer life-span. One would think that in selling their souls to the devil they would at least have a clause in the contract for a longer life.
3 posted on 08/02/2003 2:17:04 PM PDT by Orangedog (Soccer-Moms are the biggest threat to your freedoms and the republic !)
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To: yonif
The reason cited for the higher mortality rate for arts students is that they were less likely to gain a secure and well paying job, making them stressed and malnourished.

and often end up becoming vegetarian hypoglycemic socialists.


4 posted on 08/02/2003 2:21:06 PM PDT by Reeses
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To: Zavien Doombringer
To live longer, choose the right degree course. Students of science or engineering have the best chance of living longer,

The research recorded that engineering students returned the best health prospects: only 8.92 per cent of the sample had died, while the figures for other courses were 9.25 for scientists,

If I read your profile right, you live long time, Kemosabe.

I, on the other hand, am going to drop dead sooner than I'd like. :-/

5 posted on 08/02/2003 2:29:20 PM PDT by 4mycountry (Over-achiever extraordinare!)
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To: yonif
The higher aggregate mortality rate for arts students is no mystery -- they have a much greater number of gay males, who because of their lifestyle die at a much younger age.

But what's up with the lawyers?

6 posted on 08/02/2003 2:31:38 PM PDT by dark_lord (The Statue of Liberty now holds a baseball bat and she's yelling 'You want a piece of me?')
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To: yonif
I have a degree in philosophy but run a lab that does radiation effects work. I may wreck the curve.
7 posted on 08/02/2003 2:33:39 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: steplock
"Speedily, and in our day."
8 posted on 08/02/2003 2:34:59 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: dark_lord
But what's up with the lawyers?

Their clients killed them.

9 posted on 08/02/2003 2:38:11 PM PDT by rustbucket
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To: yonif
Another example of (possibly) confusing correllation with causation. It's likely that the choices that a person makes about what degree to pursue are also influenced by the same personality and other traits which influence lifespan.
10 posted on 08/02/2003 2:51:19 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: rustbucket
My degree is in engineering. Only men were included in the study. What are my chances? I'm female!

My father in law always said: How come everytime I go to the cemetery, all I see is little old ladies putting flowers on the husbands grave?

11 posted on 08/02/2003 2:52:08 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: El Gato
It's likely that the choices that a person makes about what degree to pursue are also influenced by the same personality and other traits which influence lifespan.

Maybe. I see a lot of this as stress related (doctors, lawyers), and income related (arts).
12 posted on 08/02/2003 2:59:17 PM PDT by mr.pink
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To: mr.pink
"Maybe. I see a lot of this as stress related (doctors, lawyers)"

You should come and follow me around in my engineering job for one week, if you think engineering is a low-stress job...

--Boris

13 posted on 08/02/2003 3:12:25 PM PDT by boris (The deadliest Weapon of Mass Destruction in History is a Leftist With a Word Processor)
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To: yonif
I am in the middle of a law suit, so just how long do lawyers live?
14 posted on 08/02/2003 3:23:32 PM PDT by PatrioticAmerican (Helping Mexicans invade America is TREASON!)
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To: El Gato
100% of people who eat carrots die. :-)

I do get tired of these reports that are supposed to mean something. This story has no mention of controlling for other life-style factors.

15 posted on 08/02/2003 3:58:54 PM PDT by speekinout
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To: yonif
while arts or law students are more likely to have a shorter life,

I think this may call for a celebration of sorts.

16 posted on 08/02/2003 6:06:34 PM PDT by b4its2late (What happens if you get scared half to death twice?)
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To: boris
f you think engineering is a low-stress job...

I never meant to suggest engineering as a stress-free occupation.

I think that's the inevitable problem with a study like this. Within each group there would be variants based on particulars of different jobs.
17 posted on 08/03/2003 6:13:45 AM PDT by mr.pink
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