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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.
January 26, 2012 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
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.
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.
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