Heart Disease Study
Finds Blue-Collar RiskBlue-collar workers have a 43 percent higher risk of dying of heart disease than white-collar workers, a study showed, although researchers were at a loss to say why.
Dr. Charles H. Hennekens, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said he did not know whether an occupational component or another factor could explain the difference.
Dr. Hennekens' study, reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at the cases of 568 Florida men who died of coronary heart disease.
Dr. Hennekens said the fatality differences in occupational groups may be explained by differences in diet, but that was not examined in the study.
In addition, the role that personality types or stress may play in the death rates has yet to be investigated, he said.
Dismissed by Court
SAN FRANCISCO - A woman who claimed that negligent treatment at a Army hospital in Hawaii led to a stillbirth has had her medical malpractice suit dismissed by a federal appeals court.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed itself when it dismissed the suit, bowing to a Supreme Court decision that narrowed the grounds for suits by military personnel.
Her suit was dismissed in 1985 by a U.S. district court judge because of a legal doctrine barring suits against the government by military personnel for injuries related to military service.
But the appeals court reinstated the case last year, saying the incident did not involve military judgment, command or discipline of the type that was supposed to be shielded from court review.
The court reluctantly overturned its previous ruling, citing a recent Supreme Court decision that broadened the grounds for government immunity from suits.
NY Governor Vetoes
Worker Pension Bill
ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Mario Cuomo has vetoed legislation designed to bring the pensions of thousands of public employees up to scale with the rate of inflation, a measure that was vigorously opposed by New York City Mayor Edward Koch.
But Gov. Cuomo said he strongly supported supplementing pensions and would try to ready legislation that would do just that when the state Legislature returns in January.
Gov. Cuomo, in his veto of the bill Tuesday, said he could not accept the measure because it was "legally flawed" and could have given what would amount to a "double benefit" where it was not intended.
The governor did not cite Mayor Koch's arguments that the program would force the city to forego planned service improvements.
The governor said he would ask leaders in the state Legislature, state Comptroller Edward Regan, New York City officials and others to work with his staff to devise a better pension supplementation bill before the Legislature returns in January.
Routine Testing Urged
For Likely AIDS Victims
ATLANTA - Long-awaited federal recommendations urge doctors and clinics to give routine, but not mandatory, AIDS tests to members of groups considered most likely to get the deadly disease.
The U.S. Public Health Service's recommendations last week also stressed the need for every reasonable effort . . . to improve confidentiality of test results."
The recommendations do not include mandatory testing for all hospital patients and couples seeking marriage licenses - ideas that met with harsh criticism by AIDS activists and civil liberties groups when presented at a public meeting in Atlanta in February.