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March 27, 1988 | DOUG BROWN, Times Staff Writer
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 | ANNE C. ROARK, Times Staff Writer
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 | Times Wire Services
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
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.
The rate at which babies die before reaching age 1 in the United States dropped further in 1990 than in any year in the last decade, according to statistics to be released Monday by the federal government. Officials attribute the 6% decline largely to recent advances in the medical care of extremely premature babies. Some said improved access to prenatal care for poor women and a rise in the birth rate among the more affluent may also be playing a part.
July 29, 1987 | HARRY NELSON, Times Medical Writer
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.
July 10, 1995 | From Associated Press
A record proportion of U.S. newborns are surviving to their first birthday, but black infants are still twice as likely to die as whites, a gap that is widening annually. "We suspect this disparity will continue to prevail well into . . . the first decade of the next century," said Gopal Singh of the National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. infant mortality rate reached a record low of 7.
November 18, 1988 | MARLENE CIMONS, Times Staff Writer
The rate of smoking-related deaths in California is less than the national average, federal health officials reported Thursday, saying that "innovative" anti-smoking measures in the state "are making great strides in decreasing the problem." In the government's first state-by-state breakdown of smoking-associated deaths, California had 109.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 1985, the last year for which statistics were available, lower than the national average of 130.
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