January 26, 2012 |
Home birth is making a marked resurgence in the United States, according to data released Thursday by the federal government. A century ago, most births took place at home. But the rate fell steadily and slipped to less than 1% of all births by 1969 and just over 0.5% in 2004. Though still not common, home births have risen 29% from 2004 to 2009, according to the statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2009, the most recent year for which data are available, 0.72% of all births took place at home.
April 16, 1999 |
The number of autistic children in California has exploded during the last decade, according to a new state survey released Thursday. The survey, conducted by the state Department of Developmental Services, concludes that there were 11,995 autistic children enrolled in the department's 21 regional programs in 1998, a 210% increase compared with the 3,864 enrolled in 1987.
January 17, 1989 |
Cynicism, mistrust and anger toward others are "the toxic core" of Type A behavior--the precise forms of hostility that place many workaholics at increased risk of heart disease and early death, new research suggests. The research, conducted at Duke University and discussed Monday at an American Heart Assn. forum here, found that lawyers who fit a broad definition of hostility while they were in law school were more than four times more likely than others to die during the ensuing 25 years.
November 12, 1991 |
Cancer is by nature unfair, capriciously stalking children and grandparents, corporate presidents and clerks, super athletes and shut-ins. Still, there is a sense that this most feared of afflictions is an act of fate, rather than anyone's fault. The same cannot be said, however, for the access to cancer treatment. Too often, patients are left to their own devices in the search for the best possible medical care, cancer experts and patient advocates say.
June 20, 1988 |
A judge today dismissed murder charges against a nurse accused of killing three patients with lethal doses of potassium, saying the prosecutors had done no more than prove she was present when the patients died. Jane Bolding, 30, leaned back in her chair and broke into a wide grin when Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Casula, who had been hearing the non-jury trial since May 18, read his response to last week's defense motion that the state had failed to prove its case.
April 3, 2006 |
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.
December 26, 1990 |
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.