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Computerized Face Scans Show How Fast People Age, May Predict Life Expectancy

| by Michael Allen

A new study by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences claims that a computerized 3-D facial imaging process may determine how fast a human is aging.

The new study, which will appear in the the journal Cell Research, found that age estimates from facial scanning were more accurate than routine blood tests, noted HealthDay.

Some of the signs of rapid aging include the mouth getting wider, nose bulging, gums receding, drooping corners of the eyes and upper lips that sag.

Jay Olshansky, of the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health, claims that this type of technology could be used to predict life expectancy.

Olshansky told HealthDay, "All of that blood chemistry, all of the money spent on it, is mostly a waste of money and time. You can get at these risks a much simpler way through a combination of facial analytics and asking the right questions."

Olshansky thinks that insurance companies may someday use facial imaging to predict people's health when underwriting a life insurance policy.

However, Dr. Stephen Park, president of the American Academy of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, countered, "It's not fair to say some are physiologically aging faster or more slowly than their chronological age suggests, because they use the data from these participants to define what the age group should look like."

In other health claims, Buzzfeed reports that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) wrote some interesting op-eds back when he was running for Congress 15 years ago.

In one op-ed, Gov. Pence wrote, "Time for a quick reality check. Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill."

Gov. Pence also claimed, "In fact, 2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer. This is not to say that smoking is good for you ... newsflash: smoking is not good for you."

He added, "If you are reading this article through the blue haze of cigarette smoke you should quit. The relevant question is, what is more harmful to the nation, second hand smoke or back handed big government disguised in do-gooder healthcare rhetoric."

Sources: HealthDay, Buzzfeed
Image Credit: The UNDP Human Development Report 2009