September 29, 1994 |
The infant death rate in California declined to its lowest rate ever in 1993, 6.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the Department of Health Services. The actual number of infants who died in 1993 during the first year of their lives was 3,970, the lowest since 1915, when the state's population was only 2.9 million, slightly larger than the current population of San Diego County. There were 584,483 live births during 1993, according to data released by the department Wednesday.
December 21, 1989 |
More than 70 California hospitals, including Humana Hospital-Westminster, had significantly higher than predicted death rates for Medicare patients between 1986 and 1988, and 28 had rates significantly lower than predicted, according to an analysis of the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration's third annual report on mortality among Medicare patients at the nation's hospitals.
March 27, 1988 |
Mortality rates are a good guideline for consumers selecting hospitals for surgery, say administrators at several Orange County hospitals--even at those with higher than average rates. Death rates "can be used in a constructive manner by patients to choose the hospitals where they have their surgeries done," said Mark Aanson, executive director of Humana Hospital in Huntington Beach. "But they also should know why the rates are high, and there are usually good reasons why this is the case."
September 14, 1989 |
Is it wrong not to be right? For all that has been said and done through the ages, one might conclude that being left-handed is something of a misfortune, an unhappy accident. Scissors don't fit. Neither do standard golf clubs. Tools work backwards. Handwriting slants the wrong way. It's hard to find elbow room at the dinner table.
March 5, 1992 |
Doctors could lower the death rate from colon and rectal cancer by 30% if they checked all older Americans once every 10 years with widely available viewing scopes, researchers at Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Oakland report. Many health organizations already recommend routine use of this exam, known as sigmoidoscopy. However, some experts disagree, and the new research is the first large, carefully conducted study to show that it actually saves lives.
July 27, 1990 |
The nation's death rate from asthma has increased by more than 30% in seven years, and nearly 10 million Americans are now affected by the chronic disease characterized by difficulty in breathing, the national Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported. Officials said a number of factors--including exposure to infections and other "triggers" for bronchial constriction, health-care factors and air quality--may contribute to the increase.
February 28, 1997 |
For the first time since the AIDS epidemic began in the United States 16 years ago, deaths from the disease have declined nationwide, federal health officials reported Thursday. And in a sign that the trend is likely to continue, the encouraging numbers do not significantly reflect the growing use by AIDS patients of powerful new drug combinations that include protease inhibitors, which appear likely to extend survival further.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1987 |
Infant mortality in Los Angeles County appears to be on the rise, after declining at a steady pace each year since the late 1970s, according to the county's latest health statistics. In 1985, the most recent year for which statistics are available, there were 10.4 infant deaths for every 1,000 live births. Before 1985, that rate had been declining every year since 1978, when 13 of every 1,000 newborns died. The rate in 1984 was 9.8 deaths per 1,000 live births.