We"re living longer than ever…but suffering more pain, depression and illness as a result

We're living longer than ever…but suffering more pain, depression and illness as a result From 1990 to 2010, the global average age of death rose from 59 to 70, with women outliving men by about five yearsScandinavia and Australia have the longest life expectancy, while Africa and Russia are among the lowest But living longer means we are suffering health problems that cause us years of pain, disability and mental distress, says landmark study | UPDATED: 20:28 GMT, 14 December 2012 Life expectancy around the world has soared, but we are now living with health problems that cause us years of pain, disability and mental distress.

Fatty blood could provide early warning sign of Alzheimer"s

Fatty blood could provide early warning sign of Alzheimer's | UPDATED: 09:28 GMT, 19 July 2012 Dementia: The degenerative condition affects more than 300,000 people in the UK High levels of a fat in the blood could provide an early warning of Alzheimer's, researchers say.

Tree-ring study proves that climate was WARMER in Roman and Medieval times than it is in the modern industrial age

Tree-rings prove climate was WARMER in Roman and Medieval times than it is now – and world has been cooling for 2,000 years Study of semi-fossilised trees gives accurate climate reading back to 138BCWorld was warmer in Roman and Medieval times than it is now

Revealed: The stunning images which show how Europe wastes energy and pollutes light while Africa, South America and much of Asia is in darkness

From shimmering cities to the dark side of the world: Stunning satellite images which show how we use light and energy. At night, London is a burning bright spot, consuming enough energy to power Ireland with its light show.

One of the drawbacks of living longer: Rates of cancer set to soar as population ages

One of the drawbacks of living longer: Rates of cancer set to double within 20 years as population ages Britain will see surge in tumours affecting the lung, breast, prostate and bowel owing to unhealthy lifestyle factors and an ageing population | UPDATED: 06:59 GMT, 1 June 2012 Old habits die hard: An unhealthy lifestyle – along with the fact that we are all living longer – will contribute to a rise in cancer rates, according to research The number of people suffering cancer will almost double worldwide within the next 20 years because of our unhealthy lifestyle, according to new research.

One in eight deaths before retirement is caused by alcohol, study finds

One in eight deaths before retirement is caused by alcohol, study finds Addiction experts call on England to follow Scotland's lead and set a mimimum price per unit of alcohol | UPDATED: 17:11 GMT, 16 May 2012 One in eight deaths of UK adults under the age of 64 is caused by alcohol, an international conference on tackling problem drinking has heard.

HIV epidemic driven by colonialism in Africa a century ago

Did colonialism spread HIV through Africa Book links colonialism to spread of HIV'Colonial commerce created massive new networks of sexual interactions,' say authors The HIV epidemic was driven by the colonisation of Africa a century ago, a new book claims.