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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.
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SPORTS
October 17, 2009 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No one can deny fifth-year Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis' dedication or intellect. His breakdowns of upcoming opponents at weekly news conferences are pommel-horse displays of brain gymnastics. Position by position, detail by detail, name by name, he deconstructs the enemy's strengths and weaknesses. "Sixty-five yards rushing a game, two yards a carry, 173.8 passing a game, 238 a game total, 29% of third down, 21 sacks, 23% touchdowns in the red zone," Weis spoke this week of USC's defense.
NEWS
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.
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