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New online tool claims to predict life expectancy

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A new online tool has been developed that claims to predict how long a person will live based on various factors. The tool has been created by researchers at the University of East Anglia in the UK.

The online calculator from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) takes into account a range of factors, including age, gender, smoking habits, and medical history, to calculate a person’s risk of dying in the next five or ten years. The tool uses data from a large study of over millions of people in the UK.

According to the researchers, the tool is intended to help individuals make lifestyle changes and to encourage conversations about end-of-life planning. However, some experts have expressed concerns about the accuracy of the tool and its potential to cause unnecessary anxiety.

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The researchers behind the tool acknowledge that it is not perfect and that it should not be used as a definitive measure of life expectancy. Instead, they say that it should be used as a starting point for discussions about health and wellbeing.

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