March 15, 1998 |
Low cholesterol could be responsible for higher rates of violent death among some people, particularly men, a study released Saturday suggests. Researchers found that men with blood cholesterol levels of less than 160 milligrams per deciliter met with homicide, suicide or fatal accidents 50% to 80% more often than those with the highest levels of cholesterol. Women with low cholesterol were nearly 30% more prone to violent death, the study showed.
January 12, 2009 |
"Seven Pounds" Columbia Pictures, released Dec. 19 -- The premise Tim Thomas (Will Smith) was the careless driver in a fatal car accident that led to the death of his fiancee and six others. Now extremely depressed and masquerading as his brother Ben, he plans to end his life and donate his organs (7 pounds' worth) and his home to seven worthy recipients. He gives his bone marrow, a kidney, a lobe of his liver and a lobe of his lung while still alive.
September 10, 1998 |
Auto Taser, the latest consumer gizmo in the war on auto thefts, resembles the brainchild of some Hollywood special-effects wizard. Even the ads by the manufacturer, Taser International Inc., which also gave us the personal stun gun, look like clips from old Frankenstein movies. We're talking pictures of lightning bolts shooting out of a car thief's ears!
October 30, 2006 |
Want to quit smoking? Hit the gym. A study released Tuesday by the American College of Chest Physicians found smokers who combine exercise with nicotine gum or transdermal patches are more likely to quit than those who rely on nicotine replacement therapy alone. Sixty-eight patients at two Austrian hospitals were randomly assigned either a treatment program that included exercise or one that only used nicotine replacement therapy.
August 22, 1990 |
The most common cause of women's injuries--abuse at home--is largely ignored by doctors, the Journal of the American Medical Assn. said. Twenty-two percent to 35% of women who visit emergency rooms have physical or stress-related abuse symptoms, it said. The report said most of the victims are "discharged without any arrangements made for their safety, to return to the same abusive relationships." But Dr.
February 5, 2009 |
Researchers tracking Sept. 11 responders found many with lung problems years after exposure to the toxic dust caused by the World Trade Center's collapse. The study by the Mount Sinai Medical Center's medical monitoring program examined more than 3,000 responders between 2004 and 2007, repeating exams conducted from mid-2002 to 2004. Slightly more than 24% of the patients had abnormal lung function, the study found. In the earlier exams, about 28% had similar problems. The study appears in today's editions of Chest, a journal published by the American College of Chest Physicians.
April 8, 1991 |
Crews worked Sunday to remove from a forest the charred wreckage of the commuter plane that crashed last week and killed former Sen. John Tower of Texas and 22 other people. National Transportation Safety Board investigators have focused on the plane's engines, primarily because of witness reports that the Atlantic Southeast Airlines plane made unusual noises before it went down Friday. Crews began removing the plane parts investigators wish to see, said NTSB spokesman Michael Benson.
May 1, 2000 |
A startling lack of health insurance among Latinos has forced them to miss out on the benefits of early detection for diseases such as diabetes and prostate cancer, according to a study released recently by a leading physicians group. The 18-page report by the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine mirrored other studies that found Latinos account for one-fourth of the 44 million Americans without health coverage.
April 26, 2004 |
Most adults with Type 2 diabetes should be taking a statin drug, experts now say, even if their cholesterol is normal. New treatment guidelines from the American College of Physicians say doctors should be prescribing statins -- Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, Pravachol, Mevacor or Lescol -- to any Type 2 diabetic with diagnosed coronary artery disease.
August 6, 2002
"On Their Own and Uninsured" (July 31) highlights a national problem that calls for a national solution before millions more working Americans lose their health insurance coverage. No state, even one as large as California, can solve the problem on its own. The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, the second-largest physician organization in the United States, has proposed a plan to cover all Americans within the next seven years. The proposal would establish uniform eligibility rules for Medicaid and each state's Children's Health Insurance Program, guarantee adequate federal funding support for such programs, create an innovative income-based premium support program to help individuals buy coverage on their own or through an employer and require that insurers set their premiums based on the health risks of the entire community, not on the health of the individual being insured.