Volume 7 Issue 222
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Aug-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Aug-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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New data on the uninsured

Hispanics make up 15 percent of the U.S. population and almost 29 percent of the uninsured. More than one in three Hispanics is uninsured, and 25 percent has only public health insurance, according to the government's leading health expenditure survey. In addition, Hispanics constitute 36 percent of all uninsured children under 18. more  

64 percent of American workers in large, private-sector companies enrolled in health insurance plans

Just-released data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), which is conducted by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, show that roughly 64 percent of American workers in large, private-sector companies (50 or more employees) were enrolled in health insurance plans offered by their employers in 2003, but enrollment rates varied substantially by type of industry. more

ICU patients at significant risk for adverse events and serious errors

Patients face a significant risk for preventable adverse events and serious medical errors in hospital critical care units, according to a study sponsored by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study, "The Critical Care Safety Study: The incidence and nature of adverse events and serious medical errors in intensive care," is being published in the August issue of Critical Care Medicine. more  

Attitudes toward health insurance among adults age 18 and over (PDF)

In 2002, about 10 percent of Americans age 18 and over agree with the statement "I'm healthy enough that I really don't need health insurance," and about 24 percent agree with the statement "Health insurance is not worth the money it costs," according to a new analysis from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. more

Immune system discovery offers hope for cancer, AIDS patients  

Monash University scientists have rejuvenated the immune systems of mice and humans using a common hormone. more

Recent rise in whooping cough among teens great concern for school nurses  

A new survey supported by the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) reveals that almost 90 percent of polled school nurses are concerned about the recent surge in pertussis (whooping cough) outbreaks among adolescents. In response, NASN today launched "Pertussis Tools for Schools," a campaign designed to educate school nurses, teachers, parents and teens about the signs and symptoms of pertussis. Parents and school nurses are encouraged to log on to www.nasn.org to learn more about this serious disease and how best to protect against it. more

Taking a break from fractures: A closer look at vitamin D

With an aging population, and with people living longer, experts say bone fractures will become a bigger and more costly problem unless more is done to prevent them. Osteoporosis (reduced bone mineral density) is most common in older adults, particularly women. It is a major risk factor for bone fractures, which can cause significant suffering while carrying high economic costs. While vitamin D has been shown to reduce the risk of fracture in the elderly, a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) raises the question of how much vitamin D is enough. more


MEPS Data: Who's insured?