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June 5, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
The gap in life expectancy between black and white Americans is smaller than it has ever been, thanks largely to a decline in the number of deaths resulting from heart disease and HIV infection, a new analysis has found. That's the good news. The bad news is that the gap is still large: A black baby boy born today can expect to live 5.4 fewer years, on average, than his white counterpart, and a black baby girl will die 3.7 years earlier, on average, than her white counterpart. What's more, the narrowing of the gap between 2003 and 2008 is due in part to a troubling development among whites: They are more likely than in the past to die from overdoses of powerful prescription medications like OxyContin and Vicodin, along with other unintentional poisonings.
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 | JANNY SCOTT, Times Medical Writer
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.
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 | Times Wire Services
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 | 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.
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.
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.
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