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2005-12-12 18:00:00

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Improvement in the overall health of Americans has stalled in the last five years as more people became obese and fewer quit smoking, according to a report released on Monday. The America's Health Rankings report, issued at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting, showed that 23.1 percent of the U.S. population is now considered obese, more than twice the level in 1990. It also found that while the number of smokers has fallen by almost a...

2005-11-15 11:32:40

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - African-Americans are three times as likely as whites to refuse surgical treatment for lung cancer, a new study shows. Surgery is the only effective treatment for certain types of early stage lung cancer, and can often cure the disease, Dr. Bruno DiGiovine of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit and colleagues note in their report in the journal CHEST. Black lung cancer patients have a higher mortality rate than whites, and are known to...

2005-10-24 20:37:36

Ninety days after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) -- or heart attack -- death rates for African Americans and white patients were found to be significantly higher in hospitals that disproportionately serve African-American patients than in hospitals that serve mainly white patients, according to a major new study led by researchers at Dartmouth Medical School. The researchers suggest that quality of care, more than racial differences per se, determines AMI outcomes. Based on the study...

2005-08-25 11:43:25

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Blacks and Hispanics with diabetes are more likely than whites to require repeat hospitalization for complications related to their condition, according to a new report. "The data don't tell you whether the poor outcomes result from lack of access to care or poor quality of care," Dr. H. Joanna Jiang from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland told Reuters Health. "However, the results do alert us of the need...

2005-06-28 13:01:07

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In the US population, there is a wide ethnic and racial disparity in the risk of developing advanced-stage colorectal cancer and of dying from the disease, researchers report in the medical journal Cancer. Compared with non-Hispanic whites, Puerto Ricans are among those with increased risk and Japanese are among those with decreased risk. Chloe Chien and colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, used 11 population-based cancer registries...

2005-07-12 00:25:00

The United States continues to spend significantly more on health care than any country in the world. In 2002, Americans spent 53 percent per capita more than the next highest country, Switzerland, and 140 percent above the median industrialized country, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study authors analyzed whether two possible reasons"”supply constraints and malpractice litigation"”could explain the difference in health...

2005-07-11 15:46:13

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Hospital costs for the most common kind of heart surgery are more than 80 percent higher in the United States than in Canada because of overheads, labor and other factors, a study said on Monday. But there is no difference in death rates from the procedure in the two countries, doctors at Jewish General Hospital in Montreal said after reviewing coronary artery bypass surgeries involving 4,698 U.S. and 7,319 Canadian patients. Median hospital costs were $16,036 in the...

2004-11-25 15:00:08

TORONTO (CP) - A report from Cancer Care Ontario will help guide the province in its long-term goal to reduce treatment wait times, but there's still no quick fix, Health Minister George Smitherman said Thursday. "The directions put forward are consistent with our government's plan for health care," Smitherman said in a release. "While we are taking action to improve the lives of people with cancer today, our commitment to the fight against cancer is for the long-term. There is no easy,...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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