Brooke Miskie, BSc; Susan Near, BSc; Robert Hegele, MD
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Miskie B., Near S., Hegele R.; Survival in Academy Award–Winning Actors and Actresses. Ann Intern Med. 2003;138:77-78. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-138-1-200301070-00024
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2003;138(1):77-78.
TO THE EDITOR:
Redelemeier and Singh reported that among members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy Award winners had increased life expectancy compared with nonwinners (1). To determine whether a similar relationship between public recognition of personal accomplishment and extended longevity existed in members of other disciplines, we used the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) database (http://www4.nationalacademies.org/nas/nasdece.nsf/) to record the lifespan of member scientists who died during the 20th century, and we then stratified these results according to whether the NAS member had ever received the Nobel Prize. We matched 1626 nonwinner controls according to sex and birth within 3 years of 180 Nobelists. The Figure shows survival in winners and in nonwinners, using the Kaplan–Meier method. Life expectancy among winners was about 4 years longer than among nonwinners (79.7 years vs. 77.5 years; P = 0.018).
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