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NEWS
July 7, 1989
High cholesterol afflicts more Americans than previously thought, with an estimated 60 million adults having cholesterol levels so high they should seek treatment, federal researchers said. The new estimate shows high blood cholesterol is a major public health problem and underscores the need for people to get their cholesterol levels checked, the researchers said. In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
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HEALTH
June 14, 1999
Chronic sinusitis--persistent or repeated episodes of inflammation of the sinuses--affects millions in the U.S. The result of the ailment is impaired airflow into the sinuses and inadequate drainage of mucus produced by the sinus lining. Allergy, and infection by virus, bacterium or fungus are the culprits behind the inflammation. Here are some other facts about chronic sinusitis (the most recent year for particular figures are in parentheses): * Number of cases reported: 34.9 million (1994).
HEALTH
April 3, 2006 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
CHILDREN grow up so fast. And now they're getting an earlier start on the process. The most common length of pregnancy in the U.S. is now 39 weeks, down from 40, March of Dimes researchers have found. Forty weeks has traditionally been considered the benchmark for a full-term birth. Analyzing data from the National Center for Health Statistics on all live U.S.
NEWS
December 26, 1990 | From United Press International
Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading killer of middle-aged Americans, researchers reported Tuesday. They reported also that the overall death rate among Americans fell 35.6% between 1950 and 1986. "It is evident that the patterns of . . . mortality in the United States are changing," the Southern Illinois School of Medicine researchers wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
NEWS
November 29, 1990 | United Press International
More people in the United States died in 1988 than in any one year on record as deaths caused by AIDS, homicide and influenza rose while mortality from heart disease, stroke and cancer declined, a federal study found. In its Final Mortality Statistics, the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics reported 2,167,999 deaths in 1988--44,676 more than the number recorded in 1987, the previous record year for annual deaths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Inner-city blacks suffer disproportionately from asthma and there has been an "alarming" increase in the disease among them, physicians said last week.
HEALTH
May 31, 1999
How the operating tables have turned. In 1985, inpatient surgeries outnumbered outpatient surgeries by almost two to one. By 1993, more outpatient than inpatient surgeries were being performed for two main reasons: Advances in surgical and anesthesia procedures cut recovery time, and changes in insurance plans mandated the less-costly outpatient approach. In 1996, some 31.5 million ambulatory, or outpatient, surgeries were performed.
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