February 6, 1990 |
The Chevrolet Corvette has the highest death rate in crashes, and a four-door Volvo has the lowest, a study released Monday says. The study shows that 5.2 drivers and passengers die in car wrecks for every 10,000 1985-87 Corvettes registered in the United States. It also found the Volvo 740-760 four-door had the lowest rate, 0.6 deaths per 10,000 vehicles. The figures from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety were released by the Michigan Assn. of Professional Insurance Agents.
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May 30, 1988 |
The Northeast and Midwest have the nation's highest death rates from heart disease while the West has the lowest, Centers for Disease Control officials said last week. The nation's worst rate is in New York, where in 1985 320 out of every 100,000 men died of ischemic heart disease, which involves blockage of the arteries. The national average was 249; in New Mexico, the rate was 151 per 100,000. The five worst states for men were New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Michigan and Ohio.
August 18, 1989
The emphysema and bronchitis death rate among Americans is up by a third since 1979, with the highest rates in the West, and 4 out of 5 such deaths are caused by smoking, the national Centers for Disease Control said in Atlanta. The CDC said 71,099 Americans died of the diseases in 1986, the latest year for which complete statistics are available. The toll does not include lung cancer deaths. Although men's death rates remained higher than women's, the rate for women was catching up.
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 18, 1987 |
In what the government termed a major step forward in assuring quality health care, the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration on Thursday released comprehensive information on death rates for Medicare patients at most of the nation's hospitals. The statistics reveal which hospitals have unusually high or low overall death rates, as well as high or low death rates for common causes of death in the elderly and disabled, such as heart diseases, lung diseases and strokes.
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.