If you're a dog enthusiast, there's a good chance you've already read the recent University of Georgia study on the mortality of dogs (available in the current edition of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine). But in case news of its existence hasn't hit your inbox yet, here's a link:
For the most part, this study simply confirms trends observed through hands-on experience: big dogs die younger and for different reasons than small dogs, Golden Retreievers, Boxers, and Bouvier des Flandres are cancer prone, etc., etc...
But enough cannot be said for the value of actually having this data collected, analyzed, and available in one location. This is something that anybody with an interest in canine health will find fascinating; more importantly, it can serve as part of a foundation for anticipating, detecting, treating, and eventually eliminating the ailments that may be affecting the dogs we love.
Go ahead and give it a read. It won't bite!