Author: Dean Koontz

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641078571

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 9795

Jimmy Tock wird in der Sekunde geboren, in der sein Großvater stirbt. Doch kurz vor seinem Tode sprach der alte Mann noch ein letztes Mal in zusammenhängenden Worten: Er sagte die Geburtsgröße Jimmys und sein Gewicht voraus – aber auch fünf schreckliche Tage in seinem späteren Leben, die ihn und seine Lieben an den Rand der Existenz führen. Die ersten Informationen erweisen sich als auf Zentimeter und Gramm genau richtig – umso ernster weiß die Familie die Schreckensdaten zu nehmen. Dabei ist der Tag der Geburt noch gar nicht mitgerechnet, an dem bereits Fürchterliches passiert: Ein verrückter Clown, dessen Frau in den Geburtswehen stirbt, zieht seine Pistole und läuft wahllos mordend durchs Krankenhaus. Was für Schrecken mögen auf Jimmy dann erst in der Zukunft warten? Welche Albträume wird er noch durchleben müssen? Und welche unfassbar böse Kraft steht hinter all dem Unheil?



Author: Dean R. Koontz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453432130


Page: 478

View: 1230

Am einem Augusttag im Jahr 1974 werden im selben Krankenhaus mit Jimmy Tock und Punchinello Beezo 2 Kinder geboren, die auf dramatische Weise durch 5 Prophezeiungen auf Lebenszeit miteinander verbunden bleiben. - Thriller.

Rising Life Expectancy

A Global History

Author: James C. Riley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521002813

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 243

View: 1026

This book traces the global history of rising life expectancy in the last 200 years.

Poverty and Life Expectancy

The Jamaica Paradox

Author: James C. Riley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521850476

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 235

View: 1071

A 2005 multidisciplinary study explaining Jamaica's rise from low to high life expectancy.

East-West Life Expectancy Gap in Europe

Environmental and Non-Environmental Determinants

Author: C. Hertzman,Shona Kelly,Martin Bobak

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792342076

Category: Medical

Page: 236

View: 4734

This volume presents the procedings of an "Advanced Research Workshop," held under the auspices of the NATO International Scientific Exchange Programme, on the Environmental and Non-environmental Determinants of the East-West Life Expectancy Gap in Europe. The workshop brought together individuals from Eastern and Western Europe and North America who had a common interest in understanding the evolution of the relative declines in life expectancy in Central and Eastern Europe, compared to the West, over the past 30 years. Between 1989 and 1993, I carried out a series of investigations into the effects of environmental pollution on human health in Central and Eastern Europe, at first, under the auspices of the World Bank, and later, under a broader multilateral, multi-agency arrangement known as the "Environment for Europe" Process. These investigations provided unparalleled access to environmental health data from the region, and offered a glimpse of what the contribution of pollution to health status was, and what it was not. At the same time, the Program in Population Health of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR) and the International Centre for Health and Society (ICHS) at University College, London, were embarking upon multi-disciplinary inquiries into the broad determinants of health in modern societies. The work of the CIAR provided a framework for conceptualizing the East-West life expectancy gap and its potential determinants; the work of the ICHS provided specific insights into the relative contributions of these determinants.

Life Expectancy

Author: Dean Koontz

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 9780307414298

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 9906

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Dean Koontz's The City. With his bestselling blend of nail-biting intensity, daring artistry, and storytelling magic, Dean Koontz returns with an emotional roller coaster of a tale filled with enough twists, turns, shocks, and surprises for ten ordinary novels. Here is the story of five days in the life of an ordinary man born to an extraordinary legacy—a story that will challenge the way you look at good and evil, life and death, and everything in between. Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the frist and last time since his stroke. What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson—five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twent-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth. Rudy is all too ready to discount his father's last words as a dying man's delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson's birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly—the unexplained anomal of fused digits—on his left foot. Suddenly the old man's predictions take on a chilling significance. What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy's story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous—a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.

Diet, Life Expectancy, and Chronic Disease

Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists and Other Vegetarians

Author: Gary E. Fraser

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199748808

Category: Medical

Page: 392

View: 6712

Research into the role of diet in chronic disease can be difficult to interpret. Measurement errors in different studies often produce conflicting answers to the same questions. Seventh-day Adventists and other groups with many vegetarian members are ideal study populations because they have a wide range of dietary habits that adds power and clarity to research findings. This book analyzes the results of such studies, focusing on heart disease and cancer. These studies support the benefits of a vegetarian diet and in addition provide evidence about the effects of individual foods and food groups on disease risk that is relevant to all who are interested in good health. Fraser places the findings in athe broader context of well-designed nutritional studies of the general population. He discusses the degree of confidence we can have in particular relationships between diet and disease based on the strength of the evidence. While this is a scholarly book, it is written in clear English and contains an extensive glossary so that it should be accessible to a wide audience.

comparative life expectancy in africa

Author: F. Desmond McCarthy,Holger C. Wolf

Publisher: World Bank Publications


Category: Africa - Servicios de salud

Page: 17

View: 6483

Health outcomes are positively correlated with income, but the link is far from uniform. The key variables associated with good health outcomes (controlling for health expenditures) are access rates to health services, to clean water and sanitation, and to education, particularly for women.

Healthy Life Expectancy in Korea by using the Disability Weights of Diseases

Author: The Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (South Korea)

Publisher: 길잡이미디어

ISBN: 8968271429

Category: Disability evaluation

Page: 59

View: 7826

This study is designed to calculate 'healthy life expectancy' as a health performance index for the development and assessment of Korea's health policies and to present it as the basic data for such purposes. Healthy life expectancy can be estimated in diverse ways. WHO and the OECD have also used various analysis techniques. This study applied WHO's analysis method based on the disability weights of diseases. The analysis system can effectively resolve difficulties in reflecting the quality of life in accordance with the severity of disabilities. To this end, this paper studied a variety of research and methodologies related to the calculation of healthy life expectancy to identify healthy life expectancy for Koreans. Then, presenting a research methodology, it calculated healthy life span in Korea. The last chapter discussed limitations in research and proposed ways to produce better indices in the future. CHAPTER 1 Introduction CHAPTER 2 Preliminary Research CHAPTER 3 Analysis Methods 1. GBD Classification of Diseases for Application of Disability Weights 2. Accompanying Disease-based Adjustment 3. Disability Weight-adjusted Number of Patients by Disease 4. Disability Weight-adjusted Number of Patients by Gender and Age CHAPTER 4 Analysis Results 1. 2011 Healthy Life Expectancy 2. 2010 Healthy Life Expectancy 3. Healthy Life Expectancy: 2010 ~ 2011 CHAPTER 5 Limitations in Research and Conclusion

Analysis of the Effects of Obesity Control on Life Expectancy and Health Life Expectancy

Author: The Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (South Korea)

Publisher: 길잡이미디어

ISBN: 8968271119


Page: 85

View: 6335

CHAPTER 1 Introduction CHAPTER 2 Literature review of the methods and results of estimation of healthy life expectancy 1. Mathers et al. (2003) 2. Loukine et al. (2011) 3. Kaplan et al. (2007) 4. van Baal et al. (2006) 5. Manuel et al. (2004) CHAPTER 3 Estimation of life expectancy and health life expectancy 1. Method and result of the analysis of healthy life expectancy 2. Method and result of HALE analysis 3. Health-related Quality of Life 4. Health-adjusted life expectancy CHAPTER 4 Expected effects of obesity control on life expectancy and healthy life expectancy 1. Analysis method 2. Analysis variables CHAPTER 5 Conclusion 1. Results of the estimation of life expectancy and healthy life expectancy 2. Changes in healthy life expectancy depending on variations in incidence rates References Many advanced countries have set out national initiatives for improving their people's health and pursued strategies for nationwide health promotion since the 1980s. Examples of such initiatives include ‘Healthy People' of the US, ’Our Healthier Nation' of the UK, ‘Healthy Japan 21’ of Japan, and ‘Better Health Commission' of Australia. The goals of these plans is to help people have longer healthy lives and eliminate health disparities. South Korea's third national health promotion plan--'National Health Plan 2020' (HP 2020, '11~20)--intends to increase healthy life expectancy for Koreans to 75 by 2020. Healthy life expectancy, a basic health measure of HP 2020 is the number of years a person can expect to live without diseases or injuries, which is a measure of a population's health that focuses on how many years a person might live in a healthy state rather than just how many years they might be expected to live. Such improvement in the quality of life cannot be achieved without a social environment that promotes good health for all. While infectious diseases took up a large portion of the global burden of disease in the past, rapidly increasing chronic diseases account for a larger portion these days. Therefore, it is necessary to increase healthy life expectancy by reducing the burden of chronic diseases through prevention and appropriate management. Of such health risk factors causing chronic illness as smoking, drinking and obesity, this research is about obesity. In the US, the cost of obesity-related diseases accounted for 5.5%--7.8% of the total medical expenditure (as of 1998)1) --while in Canada 2.5% (as of 1999) of the total medical cost is caused by a lack of exercise.2) In Korea, obesity makes up about 6% of the medical cost of adults 20 or older for the national health insurance plan.3) This study intends to estimate the life expectancy and healthy life expectancy of the Korean people, and measure the effects of the control of obesity, a major health risk factor, thereby analyzing the relationship between chronic illness, life expectancy, and healthy life expectancy. Based on the results, this study explores the current state of Koreans' healthy life expectancy (2009) and the effects of obesity control, providing the basis for attaining the goals of Korea's national health promotion plan. This paper is composed of five chapters. Chapter 1 is the introduction, and Chapter 2 reviews existing literature related to healthy life expectancy in to help the reader to understand the indicator. In Chapter 3, Koreans' life expectancy and healthy life expectancy as of 2009 are estimated. First, the number of deaths, population, and life table released by the Korean Statistical Information Service (KOSIS) are used to calculate life expectancy, and then the health-related quality of life data out of the nationwide survey, Korea Health Panel (KHP) is utilized to measure healthy life expectancy. Chapter 4 presents analysis of the effects of obesity control on life expectancy and healthy life expectancy. A multi-state simulation model and the Sullivan method are applied to estimate healthy life expectancy. The Sullivan method, a widely used method to calculate healthy life expectancy, is useful in estimating the average healthy life expectancy of the population, while the multi-state model is good for computing the healthy life expectancy of a specific age group or subgroup with a certain health status (Lee Seung-wook et al., 2007). Next, the Markov Model is used for dynamic analysis of the life expectancy and healthy life expectancy of those with obesity and those of normal weight. Chapter 5 is the conclusion and summarizes the results of the analyses of this study and discusses its limitations and research tasks for the future.

Life Expectancy and Income Convergence in the World

A Dynamic General Equilibrium Analysis

Author: Kenichi Ueda

Publisher: International Monetary Fund

ISBN: 1451914695

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 34

View: 9257

There is world-wide convergence in life expectancy, despite little convergence in GDP per capita. If one values longer life much more than material happiness, the world living standards may this have already converged substantially. This paper introduces the concept of the dynastic general equilibrium value of life to measure welfare gains from the increase in life expectancy. A calibration study finds sizable welfare gains, but these gains hardly mitigate the large inequality among countries. A conventional GDP-based measure remains a good approximation for (non) convergence in world living standards, even when adjusted for changes in life expectancy.

Tackling Inequalities in Life Expectancy in Areas with the Worst Health and Deprivation


Author: Great Britain. National Audit Office

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780102965322

Category: Political Science

Page: 50

View: 7594

The Department of Health has made a serious attempt to tackle health inequalities across England. But having set a target in 2000 to reduce health inequalities, it took time to embed the issue in the policy and planning framework of the NHS and to develop an evidence base of the most cost-effective interventions. Although life expectancy overall has increased, the gap in life expectancy between the national average and the Government's dedicated "spearhead" areas has continued to widen. The Department will not meet its target to reduce the health inequalities gap by 10 per cent by 2010, as measured by life expectancy at birth, if current trends continue. The Department's strategy lacked effective mechanisms to achieve the target because the evidence base was still being developed. Three key, cost-effective interventions to reduce the gap in life expectancy were identified by the Health Inequalities Intervention Tool: increase the prescribing, first, of drugs to control blood pressure and, second, of drugs to reduce cholesterol, by 40 per cent; and double the capacity of smoking cessation services. But these interventions have not yet been used on the scale required. Primary care trusts are required to address health inequalities from within their general budgets and it is not possible to identify how much money has been spent. PCTs in spearhead areas had £230 more per head to spend than the PCTs in non-spearheads, but there is evidence that some of the extra money is absorbed by higher hospital costs in deprived areas.

Racial Differences in Life Expectancy Among Elderly African Americans and Whites

The Surprising Truth about Comparisons

Author: Laura B. Shrestha

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780815327646

Category: Social Science

Page: 170

View: 728

This collection of essays and reviews represents the most significant and comprehensive writing on Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors. Miola's edited work also features a comprehensive critical history, coupled with a full bibliography and photographs of major productions of the play from around the world. In the collection, there are five previously unpublished essays. The topics covered in these new essays are women in the play, the play's debt to contemporary theater, its critical and performance histories in Germany and Japan, the metrical variety of the play, and the distinctly modern perspective on the play as containing dark and disturbing elements. To compliment these new essays, the collection features significant scholarship and commentary on The Comedy of Errors that is published in obscure and difficulty accessible journals, newspapers, and other sources. This collection brings together these essays for the first time.

Improve Your Life Expectancy - Live Long Lean and Healthy

Author: Edward Chipeta


ISBN: 1430312319

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 192

View: 8878

Congratulations, you may have found the key to longevity! Here are practical tips on how to live long, lean, and healthy, as well as help improve your relationship and sex with your partner. Adopt a healthy lifestyle within your existing budget by formulating your own nutritional and workout plan. No need to buy expensive fitness equipment, count calories, or join a gym or food club. All you need is simple home setting and a simple budget. You will lose and keep off excess weight effectively (the author lost 14kg in 6 weeks!). This handy book will help free you from headache, colds, flu's, cancer, stroke, heart disease, depression, and stress. It includes photos, charts, diagrams and tables (e.g. 5-A-DAY program, BMI calculation, daily activity log, weekly nutritional schedule, grocery list, food groups and hygiene, easy recipes, portion size ascertainment), all in full color pictures for easy guidance. Use this book to reward yourself and your loved one to upgrade your life and live longer and leaner.

Tackling Inequalities in Life Expectancy in Areas with the Worst Health and Deprivation

Third Report of Session 2010-11; Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence

Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Committee of Public Accounts

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215555106

Category: Medical

Page: 34

View: 9686

This report examines why the Department of Health had failed to meet its health inequalities target, the role of GPs, and the lessons of this for the new NHS. Inequalities in health outcomes between the most affluent and disadvantaged members of society are longstanding, deep-seated and have proved difficult to change. In 2004 the Government set the Department the target of reducing the gap in life expectancy between 70 'spearhead' local authorities with high deprivation and the population as a whole by 10 per cent by 2010. The Department has not met this target and has been exceptionally slow to tackle health inequalities. It is of great concern that inequality in health has increased and that the Department took nine years to establish tackling inequalities as an NHS priority. GPs are crucial to improving the health of people in the most deprived areas. However, in many of these areas the number of GPs per head of population is well below the number in more affluent areas. The Department missed an opportunity to use the revised GP contract to ensure more doctors work in deprived areas, and has not focused their attention sufficiently on implementing the key interventions that would make a difference. "Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS" (Cm. 7881, ISBN 9780101788120) set out the Government's long-term vision for the NHS, but it is important that tackling health inequalities does not slip down the Department's agenda whilst the proposed changes are introduced.

Health Systems Performance Assessment

Debates, Methods and Empiricism

Author: Christopher J. L. Murray,David B. Evans

Publisher: World Health Organization

ISBN: 9789241562454

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 927

View: 345

This publication explores a range of issues regarding health systems performance assessment with the aim of promoting evidence-based policies for health systems development. It contains performance reviews from WHO regional offices, a report of a scientific peer review group, and a number of expert consultation reports. Issues discussed include: methods of measuring efficiency and responsiveness of health systems, financing and resource generation, stewardship, population health statistics, and health inequalities.

International Handbook of Population Aging

Author: Peter Uhlenberg

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781402083563

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 769

View: 2882

The International Handbook of Population Aging examines research on a wide array of the profound implications of population aging. It demonstrates how the world is changing through population aging, and how demography is changing in response to it.