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November 1, 2009 | Shari Roan; David Ng; Austin Knoblauch; Todd Martens
BOOSTER SHOTS Lack of health coverage deadly An analysis of 23 million hospital records from 37 states shows that a lack of health insurance likely played a role in the deaths of nearly 17,000 U.S. children over a 17-year period. Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children's Center examined records from 1988 to 2005. They compared the risk of death in hospitalized children who were covered by health insurance with those who did not, and found that uninsured kids were 60% more likely to die, regardless of their medical condition.
October 26, 2008 | Shari Roan; Johanna Neuman; Sarah Rogers
BOOSTER SHOTS General anesthesia may increase the risk of behavioral and developmental problems in young children, according to a study presented last week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in Orlando. Studies in animals have suggested that general anesthesia may be toxic to a developing brain. To assess the risk in children, Dr. Lena S. Sun of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons analyzed data from 625 children younger than 3 who were exposed to general anesthesia as part of an uncomplicated hernia repair.
July 19, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
There are so many things wrong with flu shots . For starters, they usually involve needles. The alternative, spraying vaccine up into the nose, isn't exactly comfortable either. There are logistical problems too. Flu vaccine has to be kept refrigerated or else it will go bad. The shots and sprays must be administered by a doctor or nurse, which typically necessitates a trip to a medical office. Then there is the problem of disposing of so many syringes and spray tubes.
September 14, 2008 | Rosie Mestel; Carla Rivera; Steve Hymon
BOOSTER SHOTS Life is a road strewn with potholes, wrong turns and tree limbs sticking out at eye height. Don't I know that. But some would argue the hazards are more plentiful and to be found in unexpected places. A PR agent tried to convince me that we are riddled with disease for one principal reason: We eat too much calcium. She turned my attention to her doctor client's book, which darkly warned -- four times by Page 18 -- that calcium is toxic: "Calcium hardens concrete.
December 22, 1987 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
Ten people in the Los Angeles area have begun receiving preventive treatment for rabies after being exposed to an infected stray cat that was found in Acapulco by an unsuspecting North Hollywood woman and brought to the United States two weeks ago. County health authorities said Monday it is the first recorded instance in 12 years in Los Angeles County of anyone being exposed to the deadly disease.
July 14, 2010 | By Jessie Schiewe, Los Angeles Times
With television shows such as "Nurse Jackie" and "Grey's Anatomy" regularly depicting physicians and nurses with substance abuse problems, some patients might begin to wonder whether in real life anyone is monitoring the people who provide lifesaving care. Perhaps not. Or, if workers are being monitored, they're not being monitored closely enough to fit some researchers' way of thinking. A doctor survey study published online Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
July 14, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
They say that what goes up must come down. But in the U.S., some trends seem to go in only one direction. For instance, the number of Americans who are overweight or obese just keeps growing. As the population ages, so does the number of older people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. Could there be a connection? Possibly, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and colleagues around the country examined data from the Women's Health Initiative.
July 20, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Treatment of HIV-positive children in the developing world grew by 28% in 2009, from 276,000 in 2008 to 365,000, but many children are still going untreated, the World Health Organization said Tuesday at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna. An estimated 400,000 infants acquire HIV each year, primarily at birth but also from breastfeeding, the agency said. Without early diagnosis and treatment, about one-third of them will die by their first birthday and about half by their second.
July 6, 2008 | Janet Cromley
Lonely hearts may have one more thing to worry about -- erectile dysfunction. Crunching data from a five-year study of 959 men ages 55 to 75, Finnish researchers found that men with no signs of erectile dysfunction, who had sex once a week or more, were less likely to later develop erectile dysfunction than men who had sex less often. In fact, men who reported having intercourse fewer than once a week at the beginning of the study had twice the incidence of ED than those who had sex more often.
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